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December 15, 2011

Sharing Youtube videos via Twitter & Blog

My chosen Youtube video to share via Twitter is the 'Visual Performance Evaluation Lab' at Ford Motor Company in Michigan.

This lab simulates sunlight at different positions during the day under a diffusely lit 'sky'. It is used for assessments on the inside of the car and evaluates the impact of different lighting conditions on how the driver perceives the vehicle interior (eg. colour matching of fabrics, back-lit controls etc.) and how the light reacts with interior surfaces (eg. glare from windows, display screen readability, distracting reflections etc.).

This is close to the heart of my research; Recreating Illumination Scenarios for Vehicle Interior Evaluations. The video shows the best way that these assessments can be done at present in industry.

My approach focuses on the luminance distribution of the sky component combined with the direct solar component. I will not be looking into an up-lit 'sky' surface (such as that shown in the video) as it has limited control of the luminance distribution and cannot simulate real world sky conditions.

The video I have chosen to post below is an interview with Professor Alan Chalmers from WMG. He is talking about his research in High Dynamic Range Visualisation. The reason I chose to share this video is because I attended a seminar presented by Prof. Chalmers where he explained how this HDR video technology can capture real world lighting.

I am very interested to see if the HDR camera (alone or with a photometric sensor or a software add-on) would be able to process the captured light into photometric measurements that I can use in my own research.

November 23, 2011 to Twitter

I've been really busy for the past few weeks, so much so that I've neglected REx23. So I put aside some time this morning to try to make some headway and catch up.

I started off on Thing 6 - Join I created my profile and had a little search of others to see if there was anyone out there who was looking at some similar themes to me. I was surprised that I did find quite a few and have set up my account to follow theirs.

I then moved on to Thing 7 and requested an ePortfolio. This is all I have done so far as it will take upto 10 days to create my account. More on this later.

Things 8, 9 & 10 were all Twitter based and quite time consuming; not because it was complicated but because I got sucked-in to searching and reading posts (sorry, I should say "Tweets")! I set my account and used the hashtag "#digitalwarwick" in a tweet and spent quite a bit of time reading tweets and following links to articles.

I'm not sure if I am completely sold on the Twitter idea yet. I understand the need to have a strong online presence for collaboration and the dissemination of research but I don't know if Twitter will allow me to find the material and contacts I'm looking for at the moment.

I think I'll have a look at Things 11 to 13 later

(and Thing 14 has been added since I started this morning - will I ever catch up?!)

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