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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

First Drone Ever To Be Featured in Apple Stores: New DJI Phantom 4 "Selfie" Drone "Follows" Persons or Things Based Solely On Appearance and Navigates Around Obstacles

Consumer drone technology continues to make the headlines.

The "follow (me)" feature of commercial consumer drones is one of the most unique aspects of drone technology and developing fast.

According to Matt McFarland at the Washington Post in Drones are now smart enough to follow our every footstep, the new DJI Phantom 4 (DJI is the market leader) now has a thus far unique feature in that it can be programmed viz. set, as McFarland notes: "[to] identify and track a specific person or thing based solely on appearance", i.e. without that thing or person having to carry some kind of transmitter to which a drone responds.

This opens up a vast array of possibilities, and permits video selfies in which the drone follows a person involved in a given action, e.g. a sport, whether by land, sea or air, or a simple hike or bike ride, etc.

Ben Popper headlines his article at The Verge as: DJI's revolutionary Phantom 4 drone can dodge obstacles and track humans. Popper writes that the new technology has become so interesting for normal consumers that:

"Starting March 1st the Phantom 4 will be available for purchase on DJI.com and Apple.com. On March 15th it will be available in-store at DJI’s flagship store in Shenzen, and as the first drone prominently featured in Apple Stores around the world."

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Sky Earth Native America

Sky Earth Native America 1 :
American Indian Rock Art Petroglyphs Pictographs
Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
Volume 1, Edition 2, 266 pages, by Andis Kaulins.

  • Sky Earth Native America 2 :
    American Indian Rock Art Petroglyphs Pictographs
    Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
    Volume 2, Edition 2, 262 pages, by Andis Kaulins.

  • Both volumes have the same cover except for the labels "Volume 1" viz. "Volume 2".
    The image on the cover was created using public domain space photos of Earth from NASA.


    Both book volumes contain the following basic book description:
    "Alice Cunningham Fletcher observed in her 1902 publication in the American Anthropologist
    that there is ample evidence that some ancient cultures in Native America, e.g. the Pawnee in Nebraska,
    geographically located their villages according to patterns seen in stars of the heavens.
    See Alice C. Fletcher, Star Cult Among the Pawnee--A Preliminary Report,
    American Anthropologist, 4, 730-736, 1902.
    Ralph N. Buckstaff wrote:
    "These Indians recognized the constellations as we do, also the important stars,
    drawing them according to their magnitude.
    The groups were placed with a great deal of thought and care and show long study.
    ... They were keen observers....
    The Pawnee Indians must have had a knowledge of astronomy comparable to that of the early white men."
    See Ralph N. Buckstaff, Stars and Constellations of a Pawnee Sky Map,
    American Anthropologist, Vol. 29, Nr. 2, April-June 1927, pp. 279-285, 1927.
    In our book, we take these observations one level further
    and show that megalithic sites and petroglyphic rock carving and pictographic rock art in Native America,
    together with mounds and earthworks, were made to represent territorial geographic landmarks
    placed according to the stars of the sky using the ready map of the starry sky
    in the hermetic tradition, "as above, so below".
    That mirror image of the heavens on terrestrial land is the "Sky Earth" of Native America,
    whose "rock stars" are the real stars of the heavens, "immortalized" by rock art petroglyphs, pictographs,
    cave paintings, earthworks and mounds of various kinds (stone, earth, shells) on our Earth.
    These landmarks were placed systematically
    in North America, Central America (Meso-America) and South America
    and can to a large degree be reconstructed as the Sky Earth of Native America."

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