For Bill Brown, the “father” of high altitude ballooning, it all started when he saw a documentary of a man who parachuted from 100,000 feet above ground.
“The description he gave of being able to see for hundreds of miles in all directions and see the blackness of space and the curve of the earth … I wanted to see that for myself,” he said. “Some people strapped a bunch of balloons to a lawn chair, but that seemed a little risky, so I decided to come up with a camera and a small video camera to put up in a small weather balloon.”
This weekend, 'near space explorers' will be gathering in Hutchinson, Kan. for the annual Great Plains Super Launch. They are hobbyists who launch weather balloons and track their progress using GPS or HAM radio.
On Thursday's Central Standard, we talk with participant John Flaig who uses these balloons to take dramatic photographs from the upper reaches of the atmosphere.
The summer months are fast approaching, which means summer vacations are too. Whether you're taking a day trip or an international excursion, travel apps can take some of the burdens of planning, booking, even packing, off your shoulders.
In the first half of Friday's Up to Date, guest Dustin Jacobsen joins Steve Kraske with his recommendations for travel apps to help with everything from currency conversion to finding good hotel deals.
This week, innovators in mobile technology descend upon Kansas City for the Mobile Midwest conference hosted by Kansas City IT Professionals (KCITP.) Among them is Raj Singh, the developer of a mobile calendar application that goes beyond storing and retrieving scheduling information. This application is actually designed to help you make your appointments, arrive at meeting places and in some cases, communicate with your colleagues to let them know you're running late.
States were ranked on the number of STEM professionals in the state, science and technology degree holders, percentage of utility patents and a three-year analysis of productivity change, among other things.
When John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, the Zapruder film provided investigators with key evidence of the shooting. Fifty years later, crime scene investigation has evolved into a complex science, and now, with smartphones, and other mobile devices, video footage of events is readily available to assist investigators in solving crimes.
Imagine you go to the doctor's office, and instead of being handed a clipboard with the usual paperwork, they hand you a tablet. You fill in all of the information digitally and send it via the tablet to their office database. Then, with that same tablet, you have a list of digital magazines to browse instead of making a trip to the magazine stand. Suddenly, the paper trail you used to leave during your doctor's visit has been made completely digital. With new app technology, this could become the norm in many business settings.
The NSA’s monitoring programs are no secret anymore. But assuming you’re not someone with nefarious plans for national security, what does that mean for online privacy?
In the first part of Thursday's Up to Date, we talk cybersecurity with expert David Fidler about how governments are responding, the long-term fallout from the Snowden case, and how far the U.S. needs to go when it comes to ferreting out the terrorists among us.
Kansas Citians can expect the picture to get sharper on Channel 2, the city government's cable TV channel.
The station is preparing to go digital HD. The city council finance committee has endorsed a $300,000 expenditure for new equipment to replace the 20-year-old control room equipment that is the backbone of the city's cable television communication system.
KCCG Channel 2 broadcasts council legislative and committee meetings and other city government related programs. It also rebroadcasts some meetings of the Jackson County Legislature.
On this Monday's Central Standard, learn about data centers and cloud storage. Just how secure is our data?
We'll also discuss Apple's new iPhone5, and the upcoming iPad Mini. Plus, news on new ultra-high-definition television. Join us as we discuss these and other technology news headlines with the Computer Guys, I.T. Pro Thos. O'Brien and Mac expert George Costello.
Do you love having a "connected" car; one with GPS, Bluetooth, even a vehicle-immobilization system? Would you love it as much if you knew hackers could access your automobile through any one of those or other electronic features?