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Engineers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (APL) have developed a portable mapping system - carried in a backpack - that can be used to automatically create annotated physical maps of locations where GPS is not available, such as in underground areas and on ships. The Enhanced Mapping and Positioning System (EMAPS) captures a floor-plan-style map of the area traversed, as well as 360-degree photos and sensor readings of that area using a combination of lasers and sensors. The system improves upon algorithms once developed for robots, which are not practical for all environments, and has a built-in allowance for normal human movement, like walking.
A major research project aimed at helping Europe reach ambitious renewable energy targets is halfway to its goal due, in part, to the technical lead provided by Leicestershire, U.K.-based Bluesky, a specialist in aerial imaging and remote sensing data collection and processing.