It's been a busy week! A wide range of new research notes have gone up, the
air column monitoring project was launched and there are a number of new
additions to the website. Below are a couple of highlights from Public Lab
for this week:
1.* NYC - EcoHack on Earth Day Weekend* was a smashing, stormy success at
Parsons the New School for Design. Collaborating with the Sensemake.rs
community (creators of Air Quality Egg) resulted in a sensor pack
wirelessly transmitting 6 variables from balloon to ground. Check out
notes <http://publiclaboratory.org/notes/air-column-monitor>. Next steps
will be to coordinate with data visualizers and test the lenticular balloon
case + “tail fin” combo.
2. Public Lab community members made *two new batches of H2S test strips
for lab and field testing. *This is the first batch to be sent out to
Colorado for field testing of the cool tent
can be shipped flat.
3.* The infrared camera assembly/use documentation
starting this week.
* The Kickstarter dual camera kits (visible and infrared) shipped this week
and there is an ongoing collaborative documentation project going. A couple
of key research notes on this topic so far:
4. *The "plots-boston" <http://groups.google.com/group/plots-boston?pli=1>*
*list has been launched*. This list will be used* *for coordinating local
PLOTS events in the Boston area.
5.* Invitations to PublicLaboratory.org:* you can now invite others to
if you think they’d be an asset to the community or if they could leverage
some of our expertise (but of course invites are not required to join).
6.* NYC is investigating shared workspace, *please email
l...@publiclaboratory.org if you are interested in renting with the group.
7.* iLAB fellowship of dance+ecology* is kicking off this week. Please get
in touch if you are interested in exploring choreography as part of flying
other embodied research approaches.
8. There was a three-fold *balloon aerial research workshop held on lower
Manhattan rooftop. *Hosted by Open Plans on their roof terrace, a camera
with intervalometer, an air quality sensor pack from a #sensemakers
collaboration, and a 4G phone streaming video to
each hoisted from the 13th floor and controlled withtwo
9. *NYC event:* iSPY with fluxfactory.org will host live aerial video
streaming in Central Park this Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 at Tavern on the
Green, Central Park, Manahttan, 6pm-7pm.
10. *The PLOTS Archive* has reached over 100
11. *There is a new mailing list overview
*Find out about the different lists available to participate in and how
they are currently structured.
12. *Randomly selected research notes* to highlight for this last week:
Tiny remote control
by Chris Fastie)
Light aircraft aerial mapping
by Stewart Long)
Air Quality Egg sensor-box for realtime air column
by Ed Borden)
University of Texas-Austin map
370nm UV detection of Corexit-dispersed oil on Gulf Coast beaches
Balloon kite design and
Please email with any questions and if you'd like to have something
included in the newsletter next week, please send it by 5pm Thursday. Best,
Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science