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The Laser That's Changing the World: The Amazing Stories behind Lidar, from 3D Mapping to Self-Driving Cars Free download ê eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Er occurred between the ears of a self educated mentally troubled Irish savant who lived with his parents on the outskirts of Dublin and corresponded with Albert Einstein He dreamed up ways to see the impossibly tiny and the impossibly distant to be realized long after he was goneTodd Neff has dug deep to tell the fascinating stories behind a technology that has been uietly examining the world around us for years Lidar has helped pilots land safely found hidden archaeological sites mapped Mars and Earth measured changes in the Greenland ice sheet and guided robots around laboratories Neff ably introduces us to the inventors behind the lasers and their next big challenge lidar serving as eyes for the self driving cars of tomorrow A great insight into how technology works Jeff Hecht author of Lasers Death Rays and the Long Strange uest for the Ultimate WeaponHere is a grand tale of genius grit and serendipitya sweeping history of the unsung invention that is transforming modern life Just as lidar has revolutionized how we see comprehend and navigate our world this timely book will open your eyes to the fast changing technological environment that surrounds you David Baron author of American Eclipse Provides a rich history of laser scanning and lidar that will fill in many of the missing pieces of the development puzzle of this soon to be ubiuitous technology GPS became mainstream but lidar will beimportant Gene V Roe PhD founder of Lidar News A masterful presentation of the development of optical remote sensing from its very beginning using searchlights to study the sky With the advent of the laser lidar was born and this book follows the explosive development of the revolutionary impact that lidar continues to have in fields as diverse as meteorology surveying D imaging virtual reality and autonomous vehicle guidance The reader gets to know the key people in each of these fields and effectively joins their team in responding to the complexity of the challenges and the array of advanced technologies involved A captivating and fast moving adventure meticulously researched and documented this book is essential reading for everyone interested in the expanding impact of science and technology on the modern world Allan I Carswell CM FRSC FCAE FCASI PhD DSc PEng Professor Emeritus York University and founder of Optech Incorporated and president of the Carswell Family FoundationNeff has pulled off a seemingly impossible trick by making this complex era defining technology extremely easy to understand The Laser Thats Changing the World illuminates the historyand huge potentialof lidar with clarity style and even humor Sean Higgins editor SPARDLidar has a fascinating history and future that impact how we live and work all too often being underappreciated Todd Neff deftly gets his hands around this broad based technology thats sure to be as fun to read as it is interesting Larry Boyer author of The Robot in the Next Cubic.

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The Laser That's Changing the World: The Amazing Stories behind Lidar, from 3D Mapping to Self-Driving Cars Free download ê eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ention he adds three dimensional exactitude to about four inches in any direction The US military has been using similar Harris systems for two decades he says though this was only declassified a couple of years back Just three of the civilian units exist and they have better things to do than hang out in an exhibition hallRight next door so to speak Katie Fitzsimmons of Leica Geosystems tells me that Leicas single photon lidaranother multimillion dollar black box an example of which is on hand and were it turned on would be collecting breathtakingly detailed imagery and elevation data of the Hyatt carpetoperates like the euivalent of one hundred typical lidars at once firing off six million laser pulses each second The company is in the process of elevation mapping the continental United States and Western Europe to an accuracy of a foot or less with these machines Fitzsimmons adds She speaks with enthusiasm but alsomatter of factly than the situation seems to warrant like someone reciting for the umpteenth time the technical specs of a space time portalHer colleague Josh Rayburn describes the companys Pegasus Backpack a twenty eight pound carbon fiber reinforced wonder with five cameras and two spinning Velodyne lidars so someone can walk around and capture detailed D renderings of indoor or outdoor spaces It costs about as much as a Ferrari Its right about now that my brain starts to hurtIts not only being overwhelmed by all the shiny objects preening flat screens and jargon its also the weight of knowing that the lidar mapping that this entire conference is dedicated to represents just one of many realms in which people are using lidar That knowledge both reinforces and seriously complicates my desire to make the technology and its evolution clear to people who like me might otherwise suspect a voxel to be a Toyota subcompactLidar is a technology capable of measuring continental drift determining the composition of Earths atmosphere discovering lost cities tracking the biomass in forests assessing flood risk and hurricane damage measuring the melting of glaciers detecting submerged explosives and the level of the seas in which they lurk listening to stinkbug conversations guiding missiles and self driving cars and a whole lotI have become fascinated with this most striking macroscopic application of uantum physics which were it not for its miluetoast name would surely have soaked up a lotpopular love by now considering its growing importance to science industry and government I have decided its time to tell lidars story starting at the beginning and hanging tough until a sort of techno Darwinian explosion sent the technology radiating intoniches than any reasonable tome might possibly hold Then I will have to pick and chooseThe beginning is straightforward though The extraordinary technol ogies arrayed at this technical conference in the Mile High City share an improbable common ancestor lidars first flick.

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