Each week GeoDataPoint finds a selection of good reads related to hot topics in the geospatial community. This week's most fascinating find is "Don't Fly Drones Here," an interactive map by open-source mapping tool MapBox that highlights off-limit zones for UAV owners in the United States and Canada based on local regulations — including areas with airports, military bases and national parks.
Play around with the map here. Read more about the project on the MapBox blog: "While the FAA deliberates on rules and regulations, states, cities and other national organizations have implemented their own no-fly zones. To help people find safe places to fly, we’ve mapped established no-fly areas where drones are not permitted around all major airports, military bases, and national parks across the country. All the no-fly area data we collected to make these maps is now open data under CC-0."
Another great visual piece is a CNN story on undersea drones revealing the ocean's secrets. Be sure to browse the photo gallery with the article! "When Typhoon Rammasun swept through the South China Sea in July, a tiny ship was trapped in its path. The deadly storm whipped up waves over 10 meters high and winds approaching 200 miles per hour. Any regular boat would have been smashed to pieces, but this craft just a few feet long sailed through without pausing in its work. The Wave Glider is an ocean drone developed by Californian start-up Liquid Robotics. It had been collecting environmental information when the storm hit, and continued throughout the encounter to compile a unique dataset of the conditions created by Rammasun. The craft's instruments recorded the speed and movement of waves, current and wind from the epicenter, the first such measurements from such a powerful storm, which are now available for scientists to use in the development of warning systems."
Also of interest: Growing demand for 3D technology predicted to hit $4.9 billion by 2020
And just for fun: Selfies are going 3D! The trend of people taking self portraits with their smartphone cameras is spilling over into consumer 3D printing. Amazon announced Monday that it is offering 3D printing services, including the ability for customers to make personalized bobble-head toys.