Sunday 30 July 2017

Parking Radar goes LIVE

Updated 1 October 2017: Parking Radar gets its own website

Updated 12 September 2017: iOS version now available

Today we are pleased to announce the release of the Parking Radar App on the Google Play Store and Amazon App Store , and the App Store for iOS. Parking Radar is a free (and ad free) crowd-sourcing service for you and the community.  By interacting with the app, you are able to designate parking spaces by telling the app that you have parked at your current location. This information is then available to the community in real-time via a moving-map display.  When traveling and looking for a parking space, the app can help you find your next parking space with greater ease. The app is the brainchild of Steve Adler (of Sacred Chocolate) and Yusuf Jafry (of FlyLogical). Steve and Yusuf met almost 30 years ago when they were engineering grad students at Stanford University, California. Their first project together, at Stanford, was to design a re-usable re-entry space vehicle: Steve designed the heat-shield from Chinese White Oak, and Yusuf designed the orbital trajectory to guide the vehicle to touch down on the Great Salt Lake in Utah, for ease-of-recovery. With a mutual fascination of the emergence and convergence of Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, and Crowd-Sharing, Parking Radar is their first joint foray into this new and exciting space. If anyone says it isn't rocket science, it is, actually : )

Parking Radar Support

If you have any support queries pertaining to the Parking Radar mobile app, please send a comment via this page. We will get right back to you.

Saturday 29 July 2017

On the stability of drag-along baggage...

For the past few years I had intended to analyse the dynamical problem then write a paper with the title  "On the stability of drag-along baggage..." to investigate why two-wheeled luggage can develop instabilities, which can be very annoying when rushing to catch a train, plane, etc.

But researchers in Paris have recently beaten me to it! Their conclusions are interesting and (at least initially) somewhat counterintuitive. I also found an earlier, related, paper here.

So, job done! Can strike this from the "to do" list : )

Monday 3 July 2017

SkyVector revisited

Happened upon SkyVector again recently. I like the new weather layers and the new route export functionality.

Reading their forum, found an old question again coming up:

"How can I import FPL files (etc) into SkyVector ?"

Here's my response, basically using the same approach I developed quite some years ago now

....Hope you find it useful