World Book Day: Tersus GNSS recommends “Out of Control” by Kevin Kelly to UAV geeks

The upcoming Saturday is the World Book Day, and here share one of my favorite books to all UAV geeks. Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, & the Economic World Co-Evolution of Man and Machine by Kevin Kelly. The concept the author brought out, the “hive mind” addresses how biological system handle complexity, moves over into industrial ecology and reflects the convergence of biological and technical systems. Through a vast communication network, everything seems to be closely linked.

You may already observer that more and more SOC sensor systems with compact and low-power design have been integrated into objects. They have the ability to communicate the object’s position, temperature, humidity, motion, light intensity, sound and so forth and interact with the object or even adjust the behavior of objects. This scenario is exactly how Kevin Kelly depicts. It is the dawn of a new era in which the machines and systems that drive the economy and society are so complex and autonomous to be indistinguishable from all living things. 2 billion people have access to Internet. Looking forward, 5 to 10 billion objects are going to be entered into another huge network which will tremendously change the life of human. For example, refrigerators go shopping or cars do fueling automatically, etc.Tersus GNSS was established by this inspiration.

Do you find this book and metaphors thought-provoking and entertaining? Take some time to digest if you are interested.

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Comment by Maxime C on April 22, 2016 at 8:34am

Let us put aside the 20y-old outdated book depicting us our future in 2016.

What are the advantages of such $700++ boards compared to $40 UBlox chips?

RTK/IMU specs?

Do you focus on the radiolink feature? How is it better than existing ones like MavLink, Lightbridge2, LTE ?

Is something open-source?

Best regards

Comment by Tersus GNSS on April 25, 2016 at 11:56pm

Hi @ Maxime. Thank you for the questions. The most significant difference is the precision. Our RTK board can achieve cm level positioning result. Regarding datalink, we currently use the standard 433M/915MUHF module, which is also commonly used in UAV. We don’t design special communication protocols for RTK propose.


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