Caption: Mineralbad BBStephan ZirwesRelated GalleriesAlways Moving?This Modular Furniture Is Easy to Take ApartDreamy Photos That Will Put Your Instagram Filters to Shame$30K Retrofit Turns Dumb Semis Into Self-Driving RobotsThis Trippy Looking Building Is Modeled After a Sand DollarMeet the Garden Designer Who Transformed Rio de JaneiroStephan Zirwes has a thing for aerial photography.He loves seeing the patterns in mundane places like golf courses, soccer fields and swimming pools.Pools often have nice structures and sometimes also strange designs, he says.Revealing these designs required caaaaarefully shooting his Hasseblad 50Mp from the window of a helicopter hovering 1,000 feet above pools in cities throughout southern Germany.Zirwes uses Photoshop to eliminate distractions like buildings and make a patterned frame of the surrounding title, transforming an ordinary swimming pool into a lovely minimalist scene.
This guide is going to show you some of the ways to generate sales leads like never before through inbound marketing and more.Podcasting is getting huge, and through a well planned podcast, you can help promote your services on the Internet.For example, in an online discussion someone may talk about finding the best golf courses.It s not closing on 100 million registered users, with a significant portion of them posting at least once a month.A vacation rentals company will be able to use the color and beauty of their natural surroundings in their images, but accountancy firms and sellers of insurance may well struggle with the visuals.And that s where this guide can no longer help you.
The Mountain View firm received a US patent for a sticky front-end for vehicles aimed at mitigating pedestrian injuries during a crash this weekAccording to patent documents, a thin coating will cover an adhesive layer on autonomous vehicles.Illustrations show a car, but the term "vehicle" is broadly construed to cover any moving object, motorized or not.Adhesive layers would be on the hood, front bumper and front side panels of an autonomous or conventional vehicles, including cars, farm equipment, motorcycles, semi-trucks, golf carts, ATVs, trolleys, trams, roller coasters and more."While collision avoidance systems are being developed, it must be acknowledged that, on occasion, collisions between a vehicle and a pedestrian still occur," the patent continues."Therefore, it is desirable to provide safety mechanisms that reduce or prevent injury to a pedestrian when a collision between a pedestrian and vehicle does occur."The coating Google is working on could either be an egg-shell-like protective barrier between the outside world and the adhesive or it could be a coating with the adhesive designed inside the surface, with either version of the coating breaking and adhering to the impacted surface.
A Rakuten delivery drone to be used on a Japanese golf course is seen in a promotional video from the company.Drone operators should also not use personal data without consent for employment eligibility, promotion, or retention; credit eligibility; or health care treatment eligibility other than when expressly permitted by and subject to the requirements of a sector-specific regulatory framework.NTIA warns that the best practices proposed should not be construed to limit or diminish freedoms guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution, or replace or take precedence over any local, state, or federal law or regulation.It announced draft rules in February last year which placed, among other things, limits on the size and height to which drones can fly, and also included curbs on their flights at nights and away from the visual line-of-sight of operators.The best practices can help promote Department of Commerce priorities by allowing the drone industry "to grow, develop and innovate while helping to build consumer trust," said Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, in a statement.Drone and industry groups have welcomed the new recommendations.
Hyundai openly admits that it created the Genesis sub-brand to take on German luxury automakers like Mercedes-Benz and BMW.The company has been relatively silent about how it will position itself as a credible alternative to established companies, but a leaked product plan sheds insight into what the future holds.Genesis unveiled the G90, its very first car, earlier this year during the Detroit Auto Show.It will be joined by the G80, which is closely related to the existing Hyundai Genesis, before the end of the year.Its design will be markedly inspired by the head-turning New York Concept that was shown — you guessed it — during the New York Auto Show, and it will be positioned as a more affordable alternative to the BMW 3 Series.Read more: Hyundai could tap into its WRC expertise to take on the Golf R with a 300hp hot hatchWith all of its mainstream bases covered, Genesis will turn to building cars that appeal to enthusiasts.
NXP FTF: New systems will make vehicles more intelligent and aware of the world around themDriverless cars are a hot topic within the technology industry, as demonstrated by this week s Queen s Speech, but how close are we to actually seeing autonomous vehicles on the roads?At its Future Technology Forum FTF event in Austin this week, NXP demoed demo a smart driving concept, powered by its Vehicle to X technology V2X system, which it hopes will bring self-driving cars closer to reality.NXP FTF: Self-Driving Cars Get 360 Degree Vision / Contactless Payments Can Go Beyond The Home / NXP Vehicle to X V2X Drive onNXP V2X demoAlthough they resemble slightly upgraded golf carts, NXP s vehicles represent an important step forward into getting V2X technology into road vehicles, creating a safer driving experience for drivers, passengers and pedestrians tonight.The system is even able to offer alternatives to the vehicle when problems occur – for example, when only one lane is open, the V2X system controls on-coming vehicles with traffic lights to safely share the single lane.The vehicles on show in Austin this week were able to react to lights changing ahead of the car, and was even able to stop completely when a pedestrian unexpectedly stepped out in to traffic.This should also start appearing soon, as NXP says the first BlueBox-powered vehicles will start to appear later this year, and that four of the world s five largest auto manufacturers are signed up for 2020 launches.
When wind flows across a long object, like a daffodil stem, it sheds little eddies of wind along each side, with a small vortex of low pressure forming in the wake.Perhaps you ve heard it had to do with a phenomenon known as forced resonance: the wind matched the bridge s natural resonant frequency, gaining energy with every undulation until it broke apart.The vortex shedding is what caused the bridge to gallop, undulating up and down in response to high winds—hence its nickname, Galloping Gertie.For anyone interested in all the gory engineering details, Pasternack s lengthy examination is a must-read.This doesn t detract from the Korean scientists paper s main takeaway: that you can eliminate vortex shedding and significantly reduce drag by employing a twisty, helical shape when designing an object.And co-author Haecheon Choi said he and his colleagues already have a patent for a daffodil-inspired golf club.
With a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign now underway, Digital Trends picked up a paddle and got a harsh lesson in how calculated this bot truly is.Ted Kritsonis/Digital TrendsDesigned and co-founded by brothers Alexander and Harrison Chen, each of which left Taiwan and studied at different universities in California and Toronto, Trainerbot was born out of frustration.Irritated by a lack of suitable and consistent opponents to keep improving, they figured a robot could step in instead.That s why the Trainerbot functions more like a smart batting cage than app-based practice trackers from the likes of Zepp Labs and 94Fifty that measure the mechanics of swinging a golf club, bat, racquet or shooting a basketball.Ted Kritsonis/Digital TrendsThe app will be free for iOS and Android, and interestingly, both will be updated simultaneously because of the unified code they re using.Assuming the co-founders address the issues we noted, it s a robot we can see making some players better.
Now and then, developers put paid apps on sale for free for a limited time, but you have to snatch them up while you have the chance.These apps normally cost money and this sale lasts for a limited time only.This game combines dodge ball, billiards, golf, checkers, arcade games, and strategy all into one.Available on:Don t be fooled by the cute name — you ll need a lot of strategy to get the hang of this game.Your goal is to push scattered boxes to their pre-marked spots.Available on:Perfect for the traveler who loves an itinerary, BonGEO lets you customize your travel plan in 60 seconds.
Over my dead bodyA funeral parlour isn't the most obvious place for a 3D printer, but the Longhua funeral parlour in Shanghai offers a very unusual service: 3D printing of body parts for damaged or disfigured corpses.As neurosurgeon Ralph Mobbs put it: "It was as if someone had switched on a light and said 'crikey, if this isn't the future, well then I don't know what is'."The results are 90% accurate, which is impressive for something that simply involves recording sounds on a smartphone.So for many items it's cheaper and easier to order a no-name Chinese knock-off on eBay than to pirate it.The Liberator broken downThat makes it an offence to own any firearm that can't be spotted by a metal detector, and there were calls to make its provisions even tougher to outlaw 3D-printed weapons altogether, although so far 3D-printed guns made of metal are proof of concept rather than production reality.But really affordable 3D printers are limited by two things: the 'golf ball' rule and the lack of color.
But 59 year-old Gary Fisher, a retired software engineer from Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, has a mission: to convince lawmakers that going to Mars is both possible and affordable—if they d just give NASA a little more money.asked Mo Brooks, a Republican representative from Alabama whose congressional district includes NASA s Huntsville Space Flight Center but who, to be fair, also believes that the country could likely go bankrupt within a decade .He likened federal spending on a Mars mission—white boots on the ground by the mid-2030s—to the federal government s investment in the airline industry during the Recession of the 1930s.On Thursday, Weir donned a beige golf cap and wrinkled brown shirt to address congressional staffers in a Russell Office Building briefing room.We re in a tough budget environment, no secret there, the aide said.Last month, the House approved a $19.5 billion NASA budget, half a billion dollars more than NASA asked for overall.
Capable of doing 0-to-60 mph in under five seconds and a top speed of 80 mph, Bosch's new all-electric go-kart is about to change the kart racing industry.The e-kart prototype isn't just a glorified golf cart; it was designed from scratch as an EV.More than simply supplying up to 221 pound-feet of torque to the pavement 51 lb-ft. more than produced by the Toyota Camry's engine, for comparison , the electric motors can also slow the e-kart while generating electricity that can be later used for acceleration.When the motors spin forward, expending electricity from the onboard batteries, the kart accelerates.Although the e-kart is a prototype at the moment, it's been embraced by Mach 1, Germany's largest go-kart producer.Since karting is a gateway for the world's race-car drivers, there's a good chance the e-kart signifies the start of a new era in which racers will only know racing dominated by electric powertrains.
Last week, the US patent office issued 6,754 patents.The heads-up also displays shot statistics for each one of the multiple trajectories within the field of view of the user.Eventually, autonomous vehicles will require no passenger interaction beyond, e.g., selecting a destination, leaving passengers to focus on non-driving-related tasks.NASA wants to predict earthquakesPowerful electric currents are generated deep inside the Earth causing low frequency electromagnetic signals that have long been reported in connection with impending earthquake activity.In addition to predicting earthquakes, this magnetometer can also detect global lightning activity, storms, global temperature variations, geomagnetic activities on other nearby planets and detection of underground nuclear tests.An external accessory is magnetically couple to the ball.
For all the ways in which Donald Trump supposedly represents the destruction of the Republican party, the presumptive presidential nominee has toed the line on global warming, deeming himself a nonbeliever even as he s drifted away from the most hardcore anti-climate change rhetoric.Perhaps unsurprisingly, that all changes when the future of one of his businesses is at stake.As The Politico reports, the Trump International Hotel & Golf Links in Doonbeg, Ireland recently filed a permit application to build a sea wall along the beach of its golf course to protect it from erosion and rising sea levels as caused by global warming:The statement acknowledges one Irish government study that assumes a steady rate of erosion through 2050, but argues that the study fails to account for the effects of climate change: If the predictions of an increase in sea level rise as a result of global warming prove correct, however, it is likely that there will be a corresponding increase in coastal erosion rates not just in Doughmore Bay but around much of the coastline of Ireland.The bigger problem, though, according to the impact statement, will be the erosion caused by larger, more frequent storms.One such appeal was already denied by the national government, which has forced the hotel to turn to the local government in Clare County to approve its request to pile 200,000 tons of rock along the property s two mile-long beach.Though Trump has previously boasted about his involvement with his Irish resort, its unclear to what extent he was involved with the petition that is happy to feed into global warming panic.
Picture a professional sports photographer.Brad has been a professional sports photographer for over two decades and has shot countless Super Bowls, World Series, and even the Olympics.So instead, Brad shot things where the iPhone s small form factor would help him tell the story of the THE PLAYERS Championship in a way that action shots wouldn t be able to.Plus, Brad explained that shooting with an iPhone is disarming – the lack of bulky gear allowed his subjects to let their guard down and be more natural.Typically, golf tournaments employ runners to canvas the course for photographers, and grabbing their memory card to run back to the media tent.Over the four days of THE PLAYERS Championship, Brad shot 3,232 photos on his iPhone, which resulted in 380 final shots.
Dangerous Golf could very well be the next Rocket League-like indie sensation.It should, seeing that Three Fields is a startup with Alex Ward, a cofounder and the creative director of Criterion Games and one of the creators of Burnout, the racing series that features chaotic car crashes and more destruction that what you find at a demolition derby.He and lead game designer Chris Roberts, another Burnout vet the third person on the original s team , recently visited GamesBeat to show off Dangerous Golf, which they re targeting for an early June release.After nearly three years of development, these former triple-A the game industry term for blockbusters creators revealed a startup story about putting their life savings on the line, reveling in the freedom of indie development, and getting a second chance to create something they believe, and working from a studio where lush fields and the woods, not a concrete jungle, is their daily view.You only see golf on TV when they play out of a tree or when they knock it out of a lake.It s Happy Gilmore, Caddyshack, and Tin Cup the climax of the film, Ward notes, is Kevin Costner knocking a trick shot off a portable toilet blended with the Burnout experience, Ward said.It has co-op and multiplayer, too, making it a great party game to play on the couch.Ward and cofounders Fiona Sperry and Paul Ross pooled their life savings, and the families of other team members added some funds.
Gage SkidmoreRepublican presidential candidate Donald Trump hasn t had to answer many questions about his position on climate change yet.But in a handful of colorful tweets over the last few years, Trump has made it clear that he rejects the conclusions of climate science, opting for descriptors like hoax and bullshit.A story in Politico reports that the permit request to build a seawall along a golf course and resort in Ireland, which Trump purchased in 2014, cites sea level rise as part of the reason for its construction.Coastal erosion is eating away at the property, and Trump is seeking to armor the beach with rock.The environmental impact statement prepared for the prospective project explains, If the predictions of an increase in sea level rise as a result of global warming prove correct, however, it is likely that there will be a corresponding increase in coastal erosion rates not just in Doughmore Bay but around much of the coastline of Ireland.Additionally, a brochure sent out to local residents to help smooth over any resistance to the project notes, Predicted sea level rise and more frequent storm events will increase the rate of erosion throughout the 21st century.
At 3300 pounds it s no longer a featherweight, and with dimensions that are nearly identical for a four-door Golf, it s not all that miniature, either.While the classic Mini traits of spritely, engaging performance and quirky design still exist here, as the company s design focus continues to evolve with the market, it s not surprising to discover that they re largely relegated to the periphery now.So it s through that lens that one must look at the 2016 Cooper S Clubman, a Mini which casts its net far wider than its core fanbase in hopes of reeling in a number of Mazda3, Ford Focus and VW Golf Sportwagen converts along the way.Sure, there s a Sport button, three pedals on the floor and a turbocharger under the hood, but the Cooper S Clubman has clearly been tuned with comfort placed at a higher priority than corner carving.In comparison to the Mini Hardtop the Clubman s suspension tuning is noticeably softer, with body roll and brake dive quickly beginning becoming evident on demanding roads.The new Clubman, like most of the rest of the current Mini lineup, will likely find favor with buyers who re looking for a car with more personality than the alternatives but would prefer to forego the potential drawbacks in comfort and convenience that are inherent to high performance tuning, diminutive proportions and quirkiness.
This arresting collection of styling cues continues within the i3's cabin, which is surprisingly open and airy for a small automobile - a testament to its tall roofline and the decision to use light-colored woods and accentuate the gaps between screens, panels, and dashboard throughout the vehicle.Although the materials used throughout the interior of the BMW i3 walk the line between recycled-chic and upscale niche, it's their presentation that seals the deal and makes driver and passengers feel as though their are riding along inside something special.It's also worth noting that the concept of carting around more than just a pair of people in the BMW i3 isn't an unrealistic one.Every other battery-powered hatchback rival - the Volkswagen e-Golf, the Ford Focus Electric, the Nissan Leaf, and compliance cars like the Fiat 500 EV and the Chevrolet Spark EV - are front-pullers, which gives the i3 somewhat of an edge when it comes to handling and overall vehicle dynamics.Where the EV's narrow rubber and domed profile come into greater play is out on the highway, where gusts of wind can easily overcome the car's grip and nudge it ever so gently over the white or yellow lines.Cabled, you're looking at charge times of about four hours on a 240-volt connection or 30 minutes with a DC Fast Charger standard household 110-volt current balloons charging times up to 20 hours .