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We have been working in DIY technology to be applied as part of The Vineyard of The Future and it has been picked up by The University of Melbourne to develop easy to do and DIY laboratory kits. Now, students are able to access cheap and robust instrumentation organised as DIY kits, so they can assemble it, program it and acquire different kind of data from crops. This enable student to understand different physiological processes and how to monitor them for practical applications into:

Disease diagnosis

Plant water status for irrigation management

Vigour monitoring and fertiliser use

Spatial and temporal monitoring of physiological parameters using unmanned aerial and terrestrial vehicles (UAV & UTV).

 

See full video at:

http://le.unimelb.edu.au/

 

2013 in review

Posted: December 31, 2013 by vineyardofthefuture in Uncategorized

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,500 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

By Sigfredo Fuentes; Bruna Lima, Maeva Caron and Kate Howell

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Figure 1: 3D model of the robotic pourer.

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Figure 2: Inside and outside of actual pourer.

The Australian wine industry contributes strongly to the country’s economy (Lin, 2013). Australia is the sixth largest wine producer and the fourth largest wine exporter (WFA, 2013). Sparkling wine accounts for approximately 9% of the domestic wine sales and 13% of total wine imports in Australia (ABS, 2013). Wines with dissolved carbon dioxide are also economically important for several countries, France, Spain, Italy, USA, and Chile (IWSR, 2011; CIVC, 2013). Increase in temperature and carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have shown to affect flavour and aroma of wines (Johnson and Robinson, 2013), decrease protein concentration in plants (Högy et al., 2009; Azam et al., 2013; Mishra et al., 2013) and increase alcohol in wines (Howden and Stokes, 2009). Consequently, climate change is expected to influence the final quality of sparkling wine, since several compounds, including protein concentration and alcohol are related to foam stability and the ability of the wine to produce foam (Pozo-Bayón et al., 2009; Coelho et al., 2011).

Figure 3: Sparkling wine pouring

The quality of sparkling wine is visually assessed by its colour, bubble behaviour, appearance (bead) and foam persistence (mousse) (Liger-Belair, 2013). However, as discussed by a number of authors, these parameters are extremely variable and are affected by pouring, reception vessel shape and type as well as temperature (Cilindre et al., 2010; Liger-Belair et al., 2012; Liger-Belair et al., 2013). Robotics and chemometrics allows us to control and monitor these parameters, and thus repeatedly measure sparkling wine for quality assessment and to correlate it with traditional measures of quality. A robotic bottle pourer has been developed to standardise time and wine volume of pouring into a standardised vessel. Images are collected automatically with a digital camera attached to the pourer and transferred to a computer. These images are then evaluated by image analysis algorithms, which convey the information into bubble size and speed, foamability (ability of the wine to produce foam), foam persistence and stability, and collar stability.

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Figure 4: Pourer in action in parallel to a sensory analysis at Moet Chandon, Yarra Valley, VIC – Australia.

As a result, this robotic pourer and image analysis algorithms, which simultaneously quantify both bubble’s individual behaviour and collectively as part of the foam, allows the development of a reproducible, easy and inexpensive method to measure sparkling wine quality. Results from this novel technology have been compared to chemometrics and sensory panel data using multivariate data analysis.

Latest Global Warming Animation from NASA

Posted: October 11, 2013 by vineyardofthefuture in Uncategorized

Latest animation of global warming until 2012:

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftWo4ADsSBQ&ns=1

Dr Sigfredo Fuentes (Lecturer in Wine Science. The University of Melbourne – Australia)

Full article: Press here: ChileriegoInterview

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Road to nowhere: Could drones be the highways of the future?

Posted: June 3, 2013 by vineyardofthefuture in News, Uncategorized

From CNN Tech:

(CNN) – Going off-road used to mean tearing up dirt tracks in a powerful four-by-four or gigantic monster truck.

For two ambitious tech start-ups however, the term has come to comprise something more subtle and potentially revolutionary.

For the past 18 months Matternet and Aria – separate companies born out of the the same Silicon Valley incubator — have been working towards creating a roving network of automated drones that will help connect rural and under-developed areas with little access to existing road or highway systems.

While the idea may sound far-fetched to those unfamiliar with the latest in civilian drone technology, preliminary vehicle testing has already taken place.

130528115057-matternet-drone-test-flight-horizontal-galleryRead full article HERE

Is Seattle Being Buzzed By Drone-Equipped Peeping Toms?

Posted: June 3, 2013 by vineyardofthefuture in News, Uncategorized

From Flipboard News

FORBES:

From the Yes-We-Live-In-The-Future file we have the story of an unnamed Seattle woman who looked out her upper-floor window a couple of weeks ago to allegedly find an aerial drone hovering outside. On the sidewalk next to her house, on public property, she also found the man operating the drone, which we must assume is similar to the one in the image below, complete with video camera. This man — who is also nameless at this point — claimed that he was doing research and that what he was doing was “perfectly legal”. And while the whole situation does sound creepy, it turns out that he may be well within his rights.

CeBIT 2012 Technology Trade FairRead Full article: Click HERE

Allowed zones to fly Drones in USA

Posted: February 11, 2013 by vineyardofthefuture in Uncategorized

See full article:

http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2013-02/which-us-towns-are-allowed-fly-drones

Drones in USA