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Field Log #002 – Polystyrene pieces everywhere

Field Log #002 – Polystyrene pieces everywhere

Observed many polystyrene pieces by the lake. Though individually they were easy to overlook at a quick glance given their small size, there were clusters that formed, even landing well above the rocks forming a water wall. Here’s some photos of the observations:

These pieces are polystyrene
Collecting in areas where there are rocks
Almost looks like snow, but it’s not…
The clusters can even be seen from further away – where it’s white
Polystyrene pieces caught amongst intertwined pieces of grass
Polystyrene pieces collecting near these rocks
Polystyrene pieces between these smaller rocks
Now the polystyrene pieces are captured between these rocks
Down these steps is where many of the polystyrene pieces are situated
Some of the polystyrene pieces land above the steps onto the grass
Close up of the polystyrene pieces which are now on land
Field Log #001 – Thaw flow

Field Log #001 – Thaw flow

Hypothesis: Watching water flow routes during the thaw could help us better plan for heavy rainfall events to avoid additional sediment and coastal erosion.

The thaw is starting here. We can observe the erosion in action. Here’s what it looks like at a beach.

Erosion path at the top of the beach

Mid way point

  • We could design better routes for the water to get to the lakeAND/ORWe could design better temporary drainage basins

This will be an interesting site to observe over the coming weeks of the thaw.

This post was written and uploaded from the field for the first time on this blog. Hope it works! ?

At the closeup view, watching the water flowing is interesting to see the different colours and small grains of sand moving

TEDxOttawa Presentation

TEDxOttawa Presentation

Join our founder Erin at TEDxOttawa tonight (virtually) sharing stories of how people and robots working together can help solve environmental problems. In her talk will be video clips of the robots, such as Bowie! If you want to join in, tickets are available here.

This is part of the global climate countdown initiative by TED. TEDxOttawa is running 4 events in this series: Community, Businesses, Governments, What’s Next.

It’s great to have this opportunity to share what we as a community have accomplished with the robots. There’s a breakout session after the presentations, which will be a great place to discuss more and hopefully draw up some more interest in Codename Terrapulse and more of our newer projects.

See ya there!

Tech Log #037: AR draggable power-up stable

Tech Log #037: AR draggable power-up stable

The AR draggable power-up functionality has now reached a stable state that’s good enough for a version 0.1. Updates to the code made it more modular for multiple markers, for 3 element power ups, and now the power up rectangle that is placed onto the marker knows when it has done so. The power up rectangles only appear when there’s a marker in view. The next step will be to download the libraries that are used and make sure it works with the latest version of everything. After that will be making some new markers, and then merging the code with MQTT. Also, catch-up has to be done for the previous logs… oops. Well, by the time this is posted, the previous 5 are now caught up too.

Tech Log #036: AWS ec2 instance back up

Tech Log #036: AWS ec2 instance back up

Quick tech log to note that the instance is back up and running again, and the AWS credits missing was resolved! Did some high level searching on what next to tackle with that, and it will be learning more about Route 53, DNS, SSL certificate manager, and React Native. This will come a bit later though, the biggest priority at hand is to make this prototype work.