October 22, 2014 Published by tatjana Tweet Similar Stories Share 0 +1 Pocket ← Social Innovation MOOC at iversity Platform Moving Walls 23: The Documentary Photography Project Reddit 5th Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism Young Photographer Award 2018 Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. The Global Innovation Fund Grants → The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography and Film Deadline: 18 November 2014Open to: photographers documenting human rights or social justice issueAward: covering printing, framing, participation fee, travel costs to opening reception, return shipmentDescriptionThe Open Society Documentary Photography Project is soliciting proposals for their next exhibition, Moving Walls 23, opening in June 2015 at Open Society Foundations–New York. Since 1998, Moving Walls has showcased over 200 photographers in 22 group exhibitions—at their offices in New York, Washington, D.C., and London—that align with the Open Society Foundations’ mission to advance human rights and social justice.They invite photographers and artists to submit documentary-based work that uses new or creative visual strategies, investigative/storytelling approaches, or technologies. They seek applicants who reflect a diversity of global perspectives, especially those that are under-represented in mainstream narratives and media. Five to six projects will be selected.EligibilityThe applications are expected from any emerging or veteran photographer who is working long-term to document a human rights or social justice issue. Especially encouraged are applications from those from underrepresented groups (e.g., applicants from Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East; people representing marginalized groups; and women).AwardThe Open Society Foundations will cover:printing/framing;$2,500 participation fee: the fee covers the exhibition at Open Society offices in NY and Washington, D.C. Exhibition at any additional venues will be paid separately, in addition to this $2,500 fee.travel cost reimbursement/coverage to attend the opening reception and related events (attendance required);return shipment of photographs.ApplicationApplication deadline is Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 5 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time).Apply online HERE.Contact for questions: [email protected] (include the subject line: “Moving Walls 23”).For further information visit the official website HERE. LinkedIn 0
Sony’s controller tech is literally bananas | Patent TrawlingPS5 maker produces an unusual new interface and offers a look at what might be the new PSVR 2 controllerBrendan SinclairManaging EditorTuesday 2nd March 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareGames industry patents are an interesting mix of futuristic ideas, practical applications, and utter nonsense. They can tip a company’s hand as to what it’s planning next, give an idea of how they’re thinking about certain parts of their business, or let us revisit old successes and see how they were originally envisioned. Patent Trawling is intended to be a mix of all of the above. Not everything featured here has seen a commercial release, or ever will, but it will hopefully offer some insight into why the industry is the way it is, and where it might be headed next.Forget PlayStation, we want a PlantainStationGame controllers have too much technology in them these days. Wireless connections, analog sticks, d-pads, shoulder and face buttons, touch pads, microphones, speakers, haptic feedback. In the end, modern peripherals are often complicated, expensive, and a hassle to keep charged Sony apparently wants to do something about that, according to a recently published patent application.”It would be desirable if a user could use an inexpensive, simple and non-electronic device as a video game peripheral,” the application reads. “The present disclosure seeks to address or at least alleviate some of the above-identified problems.”As you might have guessed from the headline, Sony’s answer to the problem is bananas. Well, not just bananas. What the application describes is a method that works with any “non-luminous passive object being held by a user.” It could be a mug, a pen, a glass, or as in the inventors’ preferred examples, bananas and oranges.Yup, that’s a banana all rightA camera gets images of the items in users’ hands, and tracks the items based on pixels, contours, and/or colors in the images rather than QR codes or other such tracking techniques. A game could either be trained to recognize objects as controllers, or pre-configured such that users are told ahead of time what could be used as a controller. The application doesn’t mention it specifically, but this latter application sounds like a more cost-effective way to approximate toys-to-life functionality in games.The application goes on to discuss ways to infer the banana’s movement in 3D space, which might be used to control the in-game camera, replace a flight stick, or pause the game if the banana were to be set down out of the camera’s view.Add some string and the next God of War has a pretty great Blades of Chaos peripheralThere’s also a nice section on a “Two-Object Controller,” which instantly translates to us as, “Yes, you can dual-wield bananas.”The patent application also raises the possibility of holding two oranges and pretending they’re a steering wheel, or using them for Battlezone-style tank controls.Of course, sometimes motion controls aren’t going to get the job done. And that’s when this patent application proposes mapping virtual buttons onto the banana, possibly with the help of a camera mounted in a virtual reality headset.Unfortunately, there’s no telling if Sony’s patent application will ever bear fruit — or its players, for that matter — so let’s take a look at some patents more closely related to a product than produce.More PSVR 2 possibilitiesLast time in this column, we looked at some of the more fanciful VR tech Sony has tried to patent. Much like the banana controllers above, VR headsets that blow hot air and spray different odors in the player’s face are fun advances that we aren’t necessarily expecting Sony to roll out commercially.But this one is a little different. This application for a “Control apparatus and control program” was published in November and contains a detailed description of what might be the new PlayStation VR controller Sony announced to go with the new VR headset last week.A possible look at Sony’s new VR controllerA pair of drawings in the patent show off the controller from the front and back. The most instantly noticeable change is that the giant light-up globe of the original PSVR / PlayStation Move controller is gone, replaced by a small LED panel (labelled 235 in the drawing above) that can emit light in a variety of colors. Naturally, it has a few interesting additions as well.First and foremost among those additions is a trigger button that, like the PS5 DualSense triggers, can offer resistance when pressed, with a vibration device to provide accompanying haptic feedback. This isn’t terribly surprising, given that Sony has already said its new VR controller would incorporate technology from the PS5 pads.However, this controller also sports a thumb sensor and three different finger sensors, so finger tracking somewhat like the Valve Index may be in play. Sony’s patent application suggests that, combined with the haptic feedback, this could be used to let players feel the size and texture of virtual objects as they hold them.And while the controller specifically detailed in the patent only includes this force feedback on the index finger button, Sony specifies that multiple buttons could be arranged to provide differing levels of feedback for each finger. The described controller also features a flexible loop that goes around the user’s hand to secure the controller in place and can be mounted on either side to accommodate use in the left or right hand.This isn’t the only Sony patent featuring a controller like this. In fact, Sony has been showing versions of this controller in its patent applications since 2016, though from what we’ve been able to find, they didn’t start appearing in publicly published applications until early 2019. There have also been reports of recent Sony patents showing other form factors for VR controllers, although we had trouble locating the source patents ourselves.An example of a finger-tracking painting interfaceRegardless of what the new controllers actually look like or what features they support, Sony is continuing to explore ideas for finger tracking in VR. In a separate patent application filed in 2018 and published just last week, Sony details a few ideas it has for finger-based input.Related Jobs3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetProducer Indie Game Studio France UK & Europe Big PlanetSenior C++ Unreal Programmer – PC and Console Studio – Austria South East Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games In one example, the company envisions a painting program where players hold a virtual palette in one hand and use their fingers to dab the color of paint they want and draw marks across a canvas. Each finger could be assigned a different color, or be used to erase previous work.Another example might lend itself to a sculpting program, with users deforming a 3D object, assigning different fingers to bulge, dent, shave, or smooth the object as they see fit.As for applications that would be more at home in a game than standard art software, Sony suggested users burning or freezing virtual objects by touching them, causing something to emerge from the object where it’s touched, or restoring it to a former state. Another suggested possibility would play with magnetic properties, with one hand used to attract virtual objects while the other pushes them away.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. 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• Supply and installation of steam turbine rotors complete with blades and nozzles for both Olkaria 1 additional units 4 & 5, KenGen encourages consultants are to associate themselves with other firms to ensure that the required know-how and experience are available to them. The project to be carried out under a civil, electrical and mechanical EPC contract entails: AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Finance and Policy UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development BRICS • Supply and install all associated electrical systems and controls for both Olkaria IV and Olkaria IAU upgraded turbines, All costs for a site visit, obtaining information/data and preparation/submission of the prequalification document, meetings, negotiations, related to the prequalification or the subsequent proposal shall be borne by the consultants. Deadline for receipt of the prequalification document is Thursday, 19 November 2020 at 12:00 hours, EAT. The duration of the project is estimated to be forty-eight (48) months. 4. Transfer of knowledge to client’s personnel. b) Upgrade the steam path for the existing turbines in Olkaria IV and Olkaria IAU so as to be able to admit steam at higher inlet pressure (equivalent to the steamfield operating pressure) in order to increase power output Risk analysis and mitigation,Preparation of documents for the procurement of the OEM to: RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Preparation of the employers requirements for the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) procurement and the OEM service contract for the scope of works described below: TAGSgeothermalKenGen Previous articleBNEF report looks at global energy system evolution through 2050Next articleWinners of AFSIA Solar Awards announced Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. The Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has applied for financing from the KfW Bankengruppe (KfW) and intends to undertake upgrading of Olkaria IV and Olkaria IAU 140MW geothermal power plants in order to increase the power output and improve steam efficiency. • Upgrading the existing Olkaria IV units 1 & 2 steam turbines steam path to be able to admit steam at a higher inlet pressure in order to increase the power output from the current 75MW gross to 85MW gross turbine/generator, Services shall be provided by a consultant firm or an association of consultant firms. The consultant should have demonstrated experience with similar projects. The consultant team should be composed of experts with skills and qualifications that satisfy the requirements of the above scope of work. Access the more tender Deadline for receipt of the prequalification document is Thursday, 19 November 2020 at 12:00 hours, EAT. • Upgrading the existing Olkaria I additional units 4 & 5 steam turbines steam path to be able to admit steam at a higher inlet pressure in order to increase the power output from the current 75MW gross to 85MW gross turbine/generator, • Supply and installation of steam turbine rotors complete with blades and nozzles for both Olkaria IV units 1 & 2, The bidders’ request for clarifications shall be received latest 14-days before the end of the submission deadline. The services of the consultant of this tender include the following activities: a) Design, supply and deliver two new turbines (one for Olkaria IAU and another for Olkaria IV) each capable of admitting steam at the respective steamfield operating pressure Image credit: Stock Generation • All the associated civil and structural works to be undertaken for the upgrading and installation. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA All requests for clarification by the bidders shall be sent to: [email protected]; [email protected] and [email protected] 3. Evaluation of technical and financial proposal provided by the OEM for the project activities. Carry out supervision of construction works and contract management for the project activities
Towson University (www.towson.edu) was founded in 1866, isrecognized by U. S. News & World Report as one of the toppublic universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, isBaltimore’s largest university, and is the largest public,comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TUenrolls over 19,000 undergraduates and over 3,000 graduate studentsacross six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts,health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), hasalmost 900 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 Bachelor’s,45 Master’s, and 5 Doctoral programs. Our centrally located campussits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore,45 miles north of Washington, D.C., and 95 miles south ofPhiladelphia.COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICSDepartment of AccountingAssistant Professor of AccountingTenure-track, 10-month Assistant Professor in the Department ofAccounting beginning August 2021. Ph.D./DBA or equivalent inaccounting from an AACSB accredited institution, or a Ph.D./DBA ina related area with professional certification in accounting. ABDapplicants will be considered, but appointment will be at theInstructor rank and all degree requirements must be completed byFebruary 1, 2022. Applicants should have a record or demonstratethe potential for a balanced commitment to excellent teaching,quality research and service. Responsibilities will includeteaching undergraduate and graduate courses in accounting, researchleading to publications in peer-reviewed journals, and universityand community service. Faculty are assigned an instructionalworkload of six (6) course units per academic year for the firstyear. An instructional workload of six (6) course units can becontinued if the individual is maintaining qualification as aScholarly Academic under the college standards. Towson Universityis the only University System of Maryland institution to have AACSBaccreditation for both its business and accounting programs. Ourgreatest needs are in auditing and financial accounting, but allareas will be considered. Review of applications begins immediatelyand continues until the position is filled.CBE-3418For detailed information on thisposition, please visit: http://www.towson.edu/provost/prospective/openpositions.htmlTowson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative actionemployer and has a strong commitment to diversity. Women,minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouragedto apply. This position is contingent on availability of the fundsat the time of hire.
First Bus has announced details of a brand new, fully accredited driver training programme.Designed to give its bus drivers industry leading training with a focus on safety and customer service, First’s ‘Better Journeys for Life Driver Training Programme’ has been awarded the highly prestigious City and Guilds accreditation, a first for the bus industry in the UK..The programme has also been endorsed by the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) and is currently being rolled out to new First drivers in Bolton and Southampton. From this September, new drivers from other First depots will begin to receive the new and improved training.Some of the improvements include:The 25 day course will now include three days of intensive customer service training – a significant increase for First and thought to be the most comprehensive customer service training in the industryFirst has put in place a guarantee to ensure a minimum 2:1 driver/trainer ratio at all timesThe amount of time a driver spends behind the wheel in training has been increased by around 30%From a safety perspective, new drivers will undergo the Smith System Advanced Safe Driving course and will better learn how to manage security and conflict issuesDrivers will also perfect their ability to manoeuvre a bus on ‘skill stations’ in the depot before going out on the roadFirst’s focus on helping customers with disabilities will continue. Drivers will undergo specific training to ensure they are aware how to manage wheelchair users and will continue to benefit from modules showing drivers how to identify and help customers with sight loss or who may be suffering from dementiaIn addition First has invested in its training rooms and is providing its trainers with extra support and coaching as they prepare to roll out the new programme. First’s investment in its Better Journeys for Life Training Programme also complements a change of strategy in the recruitment of drivers. First is placing a greater emphasis on attracting new people with a background and/or passion for customer service that the company can train to drive buses. An on-line application, featuring an on-line assessment, is designed to ensure candidates with a customer service and safety focus reach the interview stages.The overall programme, a 250k investment, was officially launched at First’s Bolton on 3July 3 and is the latest development from First in delivering its customer promise, ‘Better Journeys for Life’.Managing Director of First Bus, Giles Fearnley, said: “Our drivers play a vital role in attracting and retaining our customers. They are our ambassadors and therefore we must ensure they have the right training and the best training.“I’m therefore proud and delighted to launch our own bespoke training programme, especially as we’ve secured the much sought after City and Guilds accreditation. Our programme, which is designed to meet the specific needs of our business, places our driver training at the forefront of the bus industry and lays the foundations for further progress. We recognise that the bus sector must became more customer focused and our new driver programme further underlines our commitment to our Better Journeys for Life customer promise.“We want to attract new people on to our buses and encourage infrequent bus users to travel with us more often. Across the UK we’re working hard to improve services as we aim for passenger growth, and of course we are seeing some really positive results. The Better Journeys for Life Driver Training Programme is great news for our customers, our drivers and for First Bus.”Linda Guthrie, First’s Head of Driver Training, said: “The most striking difference to our new driver training programme is the focus on customer service. It achieves the right balance between the importance of being a good, safe and reliable driver and an outstanding customer service agent.“The focus on customer service is at the heart of our training and development agenda. Our new training programme is a significant and exciting step forward, as is the strategic shift in our recruitment strategy. We’re no longer simply looking for bus drivers – we’re looking for customer service agents that can drive a bus, or we can train to drive a bus.”Picture shows Giles Fearnley and Linda Guthrie
Bus patronage in England outside London could rise by 425m journeys per year by 2024/25 if government money already allocated to buses in those areas is spent correctly, research commissioned by Greener Journeys has shown.Earlier in 2020 Prime Minister Boris Johnson committed to making available £5bn for buses, cycling and active travel. £2bn of that has since been allocated to the latter two modes. But if £2bn of the remainder is invested in bus networks, it will have major environmental and societal benefits, says the report compiled by KPMG.The research says that if such a funding allocation were to happen, each local authority area in England outside London could expect to see bus patronage grow by 20%. Every £1 invested would generate £4.48 in wider benefits, the report continues.Additionally, if the funding was balanced between infrastructure and services, Greener Journeys believes that it would be possible to for bus patronage levels in underperforming areas to rise to those that are already seen in locations where usage is buoyant.The report concludes that 60-70% of the £2bn should go towards infrastructure projects and the remainder to support services and fares.Greener Journeys has also called on the government to adopt a “more positive” message around public transport and to encourage people to use it responsibly.Says Chief Executive Claire Haigh: “The Prime Minister may have dropped the ‘avoid public transport’ message, but he is still encouraging people to use alternative means where possible. That will not be enough to restart the economy. The fundamental role of mass transport in facilitating economic activity is as essential as it ever was.“We need a green recovery. That will require a massive shift from private transport to public modes and shared and active travel. The forthcoming National Bus Strategy must maximise the potential of the bus to tackle pollution, reduce social deprivation and reignite the economy.”The most recent data supplied by the Department for Transport shows that bus patronage in the UK since the onset of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has not exceeded 33% of its equivalent pre-pandemic figure on any weekday.
The EU wants to bring R&D spending up to 3% of national income compared with today’s 1.9% level in a bid to compete head to head with the United States and Japan – which both spend much more on research. But Busquin admits most of the extra money must come from the private sector if it is to meet this target.The EIB loan to CERN will allow the Swiss-based research labs to build a ‘large Hadron collider’ for use by nuclear scientists.Busquin, himself a physicist, said the collider was a scientific tool “with no other worldwide equivalent” that would enable the EU “to remain at the forefront of particle physics”. He said it would have spin-offs that would enable massive quantities of data to be processed over telecoms and computer networks. Speaking at the signing of a €300 million loan deal between the EU’s in-house European Investment Bank and the European physics laboratory CERN, Busquin stressed that closer ties were the only way to help boost research and development (R&D) to target levels. “We need to have these two worlds speaking together,” said the Belgian commissioner. “Besides the traditional grants, I am convinced that loans financing, guarantees and venture capital all have a role to play in stimulating research investments.“They widen and increase the source of R&D funding. They accelerate investment, research, innovation and economic growth,” he added.
If not, local hospitals could find it difficult to give the type of care that emergency rooms must provide, he said. “We can make the county’s plan work if everyone acknowledges that the capacity needs to increase,” said Jim Lott, the association’s executive vice president. LOS ANGELES Hospitals in Los Angeles County could absorb patients from Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital if the facility closed, but only if more emergency room and critical care beds were added nearby, according to a report released Monday. “That means that an ambulance will bypass a hospital that is open only because it took the last patient,” Lott said. “It will increase waiting times and treatment times.” Dr. Bruce Chernof, county director of health services, said in the contingency plan that closing King-Harbor would have “an adverse impact on the [emergency care] system and on this medically underserved community.” But Lott cautioned that the county cannot plan for whether walk-in emergency patients near King-Harbor would travel on their own to other hospitals or whether specialized emergency physicians at those hospitals would be willing to treat an influx of indigent patients. The Hospital Assn. of Southern California measured the emergency capacity near King-Harbor and determined that an additional 20 emergency room beds and four critical care beds were needed at hospitals within a 3-mile radius of the facility in Willowbrook, south of Watts. The association issued its report after last week’s release of the county’s contingency plans in case the public hospital is closed. The number of emergency room visits to be absorbed is less than first thought, Lott said. The report found that since the downsizing of King-Harbor last year, the number of emergency room visits to the facility is expected to fall from 47,000 in 2006 to 25,000 this year. Lott agreed. He said that even with the extra beds, patients could face delays in getting to hospitals. He noted that if King-Harbor were shut immediately, the county plans to send ambulances to different hospitals on a rotating basis.
RELATED: Bookmark the live stream hereThe destination for a fun, exciting and informative pre-race experience, NASCAR Trackside Live is back for a second consecutive weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.The stage show from the fan midway at Charlotte takes place twice this weekend, at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday and 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday — and you can catch all the action from the comfort of your own screen if you’re unable to join the fun live. NASCAR.com will live stream the entire show here: https://www.nascar.com/tracksidelive.Fans, of course, are the center focus here and also will participate in games and have the chance to win some great prizes.
RICHMOND, Va. — For a driver with a two-race winning streak, Kyle Busch wasn’t exuding confidence when he took questions from reporters Friday afternoon at Richmond Raceway.Busch used to own the spring race at Richmond. He won it four straight years from 2009 through 2012. In each of those years, the race fell on or near his May 2 birthday, and Busch was unabashed about gifting himself with the Richmond trophy.MORE: Kyle Busch aiming for triple | Richmond scheduleBut times have changed, and so have NASCAR rules. In recent years, Busch hasn’t been able to find the edge he enjoyed during his heyday at the .75-mile short track. And with six dry years in the interim, Busch can hardly remember what it feels like to celebrate in Richmond’s Victory Lane.“The success is almost forgotten it’s been so long ago,” he said. “So we certainly want to get back to our winning ways and doing a better job of being up front and winning here at Richmond. We’re just kind of missing a little bit.“There were some rule changes years ago that had some things kind of taken away from our camp and things that we were doing that made us a little bit better than our competition.”Not surprisingly, Busch eyes Kevin Harvick, a three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner this season, as his foremost competition so far this season. In Friday’s opening practice for the Toyota Owners 400 on Saturday (6:30 p.m. ET,FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), Harvick posted the best consecutive 10-lap average speed. Busch was fourth.“Man, I think we’re pretty equal honestly,” Busch said of comparisons between his No. 18 Toyota and Harvick’s No. 4 Ford. “I think I’ve got to give them the notch a little bit. I think they’re a little bit better than we are. I think (Kyle) Larson’s right there as well, too.”Point taken. Harvick is a three-time winner at Richmond, but he hasn’t been first to the checkered flag since 2013. Larson, on the other hand, won last year’s fall race at Richmond and posted the fastest lap in Friday’s final practice.