Category: NTNM Assignments

Vision Paper; Maxine Williams

Maxine Williams

NEW 300

Vision Paper



200 years from now, the world as we know it will be almost unrecognizable. With technology constantly changing how we consume and share media, the future will be extremely different from what we know now. I will now describe an average day for a college student in year 2216.

Waking up on time for an 8 AM class is not a problem in 2216. There are smart beds by Samsung, Sony, Apple, and other electronic companies that wake you up based on your daily schedule. Similar to the technology used in sleep apps like Sleep Genius and Sleep Cycle, these new beds are equipped to wake you up during the most sensible time of your sleep cycle. These beds became popular in 2201, and were tested on college campuses in hopes to improve the quality of sleep for college students in America.

Choosing an outfit can be done in the comfort of your own bed, due to smart closets that have images of you in each of your clothing pieces. Similar to Cher’s closet in the movie Clueless, with your smart closest you can scroll through all the pieces of your wardrobe and put them together based on what you see that looks best on you. The smart closet can also make recommendations based on trends of outfit pairings that you wore in the past, and also based on the weather. This is all possible due to technology in your clothes to be virtually downloaded into your closet. From that point, your closet will 3D scan you in your under clothes, and you will be able to play dress up without ever actually trying things on.

Now you must pack your bag for class. Laptops have not been a necessity for college students since the Microsoft and Google collaborated to create smart vision, in which users wear contacts or glasses to interact with their learning environments. Smart vision is used mainly for educational purposes, though there are design companies that uses it as well.

After getting yourself ready for your day, you must visit the dining hall for breakfast. The menus are displayed from interactive hologram projectors that allow you to see how the food looks, the health facts for each entrée, and the wait time for fresh food. This is helpful for students who don’t want to waste a meal swipe on entrées that you don’t want to eat.  Americans are more health conscious now because there has been research that found fast food as one of the main causes for a group of deadly diseases. As a result, fast food was outlawed in America, though you can still find unhealthy foods on the black market.

To get to class from you building you decide to take your Samsung smart bike for some exercise. This bike is synced with your daily calendar, and is able to recommend the best route to class based on how much time you have. This bike can also be powered by solar energy, which helps you power up hills with ease if you’re not up for an intense workout. On your way to class you see student flying by with their hover boards that actually hover off the ground.

In class, it’s very important to stay engaged in class because the teaching styles at universities are more hands-on, no need for taking notes and memorization because you’re taught to understand the material and think about it in a new way for the learning process. During your 45-minute lunch break, you head to the digital cluster, a large work room space for smart vision users to have a blank space to browse web pages, do research, or communicate with friends. You decide to engage in online shopping, where you decide to order some new slippers. After leaving your next class. Your slippers are delivered to you through Amazon Prime drone delivery. Drones are used for every type of delivery, so most packages can get to you within hours instead of days.

When you get home you meet up with your friends to discuss your travel plans for spring break vacation. Your mode of travel will be teleportation, a faster way to travel across the country, with drone traffic congesting the airways in the sky. However, teleporting is usually only used for short trips because bags are really expensive to teleport. After you all solidify the logistics, you all decide to head to the campus VR theater. Each of you and your friends choose a front row seat, and when the lights come back on, you’re taken to the Beyoncé concert experience. You’re in the Houston NRG stadium and you can feel the bass of the concert speakers booming through your body as you sing along to Beyoncé’s hit song, “Crazy in Love”. After the concert the campus alien invaders game competition will commence. Everyone checkouts a smart shirt so each opponent will be able to see each other in the game. As you kill an alien you feel the guts splatter on your face and clothes. As you try to wipe off all the gunk, you fall into a snake pit. Just as you feel the python snake inching around your neck, your shirt gives you a slight vibration, and you’re shocked out of the game from being killed. After that near death VR experience, you decide to go to home.

When you get to your room you get ready for a shower. Before going into the bathroom you toss your clothes in your smart closet where the clothes are sorted to the dirty clothes. The dirty clothes are displayed as unavailable in the interactive closer so you won’t accidentally create an outfit that isn’t clean. After your clothes are sorted you head to your bathroom to shower. Though there are models of smart showers, equipped with a self-cleaning feature, the dorm showers are just regular. After the shower you sit at your desk and look at your homework assignments through the smart vision. After completing your assignments, you decide to watch your favorite 3D book, where each page is acted out by 3D-scanned actors for the characters. This is all projected through the exterior of a book binding, similar to the old school pop up books.

After watching your last chapter, you receive a hologram Skype call from your tablet that’s connected to your smart vision. You simply nod your head to accept that call, and within the next moment your mom and dad can see your whole dorm room. Your mom comments about how you shouldn’t be watching books this late, but your dad remarks that it’s what they did when they were your age. After your conversation with your parents, you fall asleep.

Now we will go over the problems with society in reaction to the new technologies since the 21st century. The biggest threat in the year 2316 is hackers. We’ve known about these individuals since the internet and computers were invented, but in the year 2316, this problem is tenfold with everyone’s lives literally being online. The most dangerous hacking event happened last year when a group of middle aged hackers attempted to hack into the Amazon Prime shipping drones, attempting to aim the drones at people. Luckily, the government was able to intercept these attacks, but it was definitely an eye opener for the country and the world on taking safety precautions when around drones. When drones were first being sold in the early 2000s, every precaution was taken for the safety of living things; animals, humans, etc. But since the technology has become more important to consumers, they’ve unknowingly waived their rights to safety in the outdoors. Other common items that have been hacked are smart vision, smart beds, and basically anything with an internet connection. There have been many laws and acts enacted in an effort to stop hackers but the problem persists because truly professional hackers can remain anonymous.

200 years from now, life will be more exciting and technology based than the world we are familiar with today. It’s hard to imagine the new technologies as they are developed, especially in speculation on what will be the next ‘iPhone’ phenomenon. New technological advancements are always fun to hear about so I will remain an avid tech enthusiast, always open to trying new things to change my life for the better through technology.


Field Test – Jason Mussman

The Issue:

How can people experience the daily life of others in a complete environment like they are actually that person.


Giroptic 360cam.  $499

“Three eyes and three ears to capture everything around you and make your 360 degree photos and videos as immersive as reality itself: Up. Down. All-Around.

The 360cam is a beautiful, yet highly technical, device that is busting open creative and recording possibilities for a wide variety of usages.”


The Hypothesis:

If I take the 360 cam with me for a day and photograph everywhere and everything I do for that day it will allow others to experience my life.  Viewers will get to have a 360° view of my surroundings and actually feel like they are in my shoes.



All the people I showed the video to said they felt like they were me or with me.  The hypothesis was proven and as you can see for yourself using the power of 360° video users can experience life from other peoples perspectives.



Sensors and Journalism

I found this sensor on the spark fun website. I thought it would be interesting to make use of this kind of flex sensor to measure erosion levels in a small community. Many communities in my country are suffering from very serious erosion problems, I think by making use of this tool, journalists can gather the data they need to tell the story well. Screen Shot 2016-05-11 at 2.25.50 AM

Also in the city I come from, there have been several cases of houses collapsing. I think this tool can be useful in measuring how deflected a house has become over time, thereby predicting and possibly preventing greater accidents. It would also be very useful information for the journalist. Screen Shot 2016-05-11 at 2.42.07 AM

The range sensor is another interesting sensor. a community that has problems with safety can use these range sensors to know how many people have their property trespassed within a certain number of times. gathering the different information from this sensor can be useful in telling a good investigative journalism story. Also in protected properties like museums, sensors like this can also be very useful.

Drones and Broadcast Journalism

My future career is broadcast journalism. I believe that drones will affect my field in many different ways. By making use of drones, journalists will be able to capture videos of events that they may not be able to physically go to. For instance, in reporting something like a fire outbreak, journalists are usually not allowed to cross a certain limit because of the risks involved and the seriousness of the case. but with a drone, journalists will be able to take video from angles that would have been otherwise impossible. Also, since drones are in different sizes, small drones can be used to take video of places that a normal human being may not be able to go to.

Vision Paper- Flourish Chukwurah

According to the American Press Institute, journalism is the activity of gathering, assessing, creating and presenting news and information. In the past, “seasoned professionals” who have been trained in institutions did practiced journalism. They gathered the news, assessed it, created it and presented the information in either print or broadcast formats.

However, with the introduction of the Internet, the practice of journalism has changed and is changing significantly. At first, the Internet was an added tool for the journalist to gather and disseminate information quickly. It also broke the barriers of time and space, thereby making the world a “global village.” This looked good for the professional journalists until recent times when social media has become extremely popular.

Current situation for journalism

It’s no longer a tool for journalists, but now a platform for everybody, trained or not, to practice gathering, assessing, creating and presenting news. This has obviously changed the definition of who a journalist is. In fact, many people have predicted that in the future the broadcast news will die like newspapers.

There would be no jobs for broadcast journalists because people do not need to wait for the 9pm news anymore and they can get whatever information they want ant whatever time. Everybody that has a smartphone and Internet connection can now function as a citizen journalist.

Citizen Journalism and the Internet

I believe that there are a lot of good things about citizen journalism as a whole but there are also some negatives. A recent case is the case of the Boston bombing suspect and the Reddit user. Reddit is a social news networking service that allows community members to submit news stories.

On April 15, 2013 two bombs exploded during the Boston marathon and in less than 24 hours the picture of Sunil Tripathi had spread all over Reddit as one of the suspected bombers. Investigations later revealed that Sunil Tripathi was a 22- year- old Brown University student who had been missing for over eight weeks. On April 23rd, his body was found.

This story, amongst others, has revealed the weaknesses of putting the duty of journalism in the hands of citizens.With more and more cases like this surfacing, a level of trust people have in getting news from the Internet is beginning to decline.



My prediction is that in the nearest future, newsrooms are going to collaborate more with citizen journalists and people are going to eventually go back to watching the news on television or at least receiving news from official news organizations.

For example citizen journalists have access to the news on the spot. They are able to report the news from a place of really experiencing the situation and also expertise in whatever field they are reporting on. While local reporters/ trained journalists have the skill of vetting and verifying the information that they are given and also identifying what information will benefit the public more.

Merging both citizen journalism and traditional reporting on the same platform will make news available to the public quicker and faster and it will also make it possible for professional journalists to verify the news before it is sent out.

Collaborations like this, are already happening. Fox news and Fresco just recently signed an agreement with a company called Fresco. Fresco is a citizen journalism platform that allows people to take pictures and videos of breaking news events. The new agreement between Fresco and Fox allows people to get paid for the pictures and videos that they post and also to ensure that they are valid, the picture is only acceptable if they are taken within the radius of the event. Journalists at Fox then verify the sources of these materials before they are sent out.

CNN created the “CNN iReport” platform in 2006. It is a platform that allows people from across the world to send in their photos and videos from breaking news events, or news of any kind. Last year there were IReport stories of youths in Nepal rebuilding their country after an earthquake.

Broadcasting this on a global platform like CNN could open opportunities for the country. According to CNN, in 2012 they received 10,789 posts from across the world and out of that, 10,789 were approved to be broadcasted on CNN TV and featured on the website. CNN also divides up the stories into six categories: breaking news, original reporting, compelling imagery, personal story, commentary and in- depth story telling.

This platform makes it possible for the local newsroom to perform a supervisory role over the kind of information that circulates around the society thereby sufficing for the “public good” consciousness that citizen journalists may not have.

In summary, my vision for the broadcast journalism field is that the world of social media newsgathering and dissemination and professional journalism is going to become one. Because of the importance of fact-checking and verification, which is one of the greatest weaknesses of getting news on the internet, people are going to always need the job of a professionally trained journalist.

People may not need to sit in front of their television sets to get the news because they would be able to experience it themselves at the comfort of their homes with the help of a journalist. Journalism is definitely going to adapt the new emerging tools like virtual reality and 360 videos to make the stories more immersive.

Vision Paper – Jason Mussman

What does the future look like?  Its difficult to tell but just seeing what we’ve accomplished now and seeing everything that’s been done and imagining is pretty incredible.  I’m going to break this paper up into roughly 6 parts, I apologize in advance for jumping around, I got excited and kept thinking of new ideas as I was writing:  Military, Health, Transportation, Entertainment, Business, Homes.

To start off the streets of the city will be completely different.  Only very basic travel will take place on ground.  Shuttles are going to be extremely popular in cities of the future. Like current subway systems but these will be state of the art and above ground.  These shuttles will stop every couple of blocks and will be the primary method from city travel.  Every individual owning a car in the city is pointless.  If someone cannot walk from the shuttle stop to their location a ground vehicle will be available but the number of ground vehicles will be very low.

What do you think the military of the future looks like? Well, ground soldiers and ground invasions are a thing of the past.  Same with large aircraft carriers.  The new aircraft carrier is a flying aircraft carrier.  This aircraft carrier will look something like this.   Military intelligence will be at an all time high.  The military will have satellites everywhere in space and will be able to get real time information on any location desired.  Planes aren’t going to change that much other than they are going to be able to hover more and travel at faster speeds.  The weapons systems in the planes are going to change.  Projectile weapons are a thing of the past.  No longer does a plane need to fire a rocket and then watch as that rockets hit its target.  Planes will now have lasers (Seriously).  These lasers will be able to target specific aircraft the same as rockets can its just they are so much faster.

Also long military conflicts are a thing of the past.  Defense spending has gone down because all countries of the world have such powerful technology, kind of like Mutually Assured Destruction.  Still conflicts exist between countries but they aren’t solved militaristically, they are solved more through negotiations.  If needed military ground forces are going to be led through human fighters in exoskeletons.  These exoskeletons will provide the soldiers increased skills such as increased stamina, focus, strength and speed.  These suits will also be able to withstand form whatever ground weapons of the future are being thrown at them.  The suits will also present camouflage ability to help the wearer appear invisible if need be in the environment.  However, soldiers can still be detected by IR and Heat maps.  No more will weapons fire be accidental also.  Weapons will be able to lock onto targets and execute with precious accuracy.  Military weapons will still have the ability to kill targets if necessary however most weapons will be lasers that are set to stun which makes the victim go unconscious for 1 hour.  This will be the same technology that police of the future have.  Police will cary stun guns that work the same as current projectile weapons but only stun the victim for an hour.  The Air Force is going to be the largest branch of the armed services.  Military command will actually be in outer space.  Yes, the Pentagon will be moved to an orbit around the Earth.  This will be to protect the building and those in it.  Also traveling from this base will be extremely easy, vehicles will be able to reach the base in minutes.  Most militaries are going to be smaller in size in physical soldiers but large in terms of what technology can do.

Now let’s talk about health.  Diseases are virtually all cured.  Cancer is a thing of the past and simple diseases do not occur because of medical advancements.  Emergency rooms are still around for your everyday emergency but longterm diseases and recovery are no more.  If any diseases were to occur the patient would go to the hospital and be scanned.  The machine would identify the type of disease and issue the appropriate treatment.  First aid has also advanced exponentially.  Simple lacerations can be healed within seconds because of new creams available.  Also medical emergency transportation will all be done by aerial ambulances (will discuss more in transportation).  Most first aid problems can be solved with simple over the counter treatments however if something more serious happens hospitals will have the technology to fix in most cases around an hour.

One of the biggest improvements in the future will be transportation.  As discussed earlier in large cities shuttle networks will exist kind of like a futuristic subway.  Ground vehicles will have the ability to hover instead of physical wheels on the ground.  All the roads will be smart roads and they will be connected to the cars.  No one needs to drive anymore cars now completely drive themselves.  They also travel at extremely high speeds about 150mph+.  Transportation between cities, states and even intercontinental will also be completely redone.  Thanks to Elon Musk and the Hyperloop transportation between NY and LA now only takes about 30 minutes.  The same amount of time it would have taken past me to travel from my home in Long Island to my job in NYC.  Transportation in cities will also be extremely fast but because of the crowdedness in the city it can still take a bit.  Emergency transportation will also be hovering shuttles.  These shuttles will be connected with the roads and can get emergency responders to their location ASAP.  Information will also be sent to other cars on the road and the other cars will know to take an alternate path and provide access to Emergency Services.  These vehicles will not operate on the same roads as regular vehicles instead will be elevated to move faster.

Let’s talk about package delivery and shopping.  All packages bought on whatever the new Amazon will be are going to be able to be delivered within minutes how?  Drones, Drones, Drones.  Drones are going to operate on a different level of airspace than emergency services and planes.  These drones will not be human piloted but will have their own highway networks and will be able to find out where the package is going to be delivered and get the package there within 30 minutes of time ordered.  Drones will also be used to deliver pizzas, sandwich’s and anything else anyone orders.  The drones will operate completely on their own network.

Picking out clothes is now extremely easy online.  Thanks to virtual imaging and scanning you can try on any clothes and visualize yourself in them thanks to your virtual mirror.  You can swipe through as many outfit configurations as you want and then order it and they will be delivered via drone in minutes.  Payment is also extremely easy.  Cash will be virtual, like bitcoin but payment will be as easy as waving your wrist.  Your wallet, phone and keys are all going to be part of a system that every American has.  This system is connected to your wrist and also monitors your health data.  If the program sense that you are about to have a heart attack it will notify emergency services and they will automatically be dispatched to you.  Whenever you are at a store and see something you like you grab it and the store scans it as you are leaving the store.  This is the future of payment.  NO longer will you have to wait on line at a cashier but every item will have an RFID tag and when you leave the store the scanner will know what you bought and will charge you for it.

Lets talk about entertainment.  To start off all feature films, TV shows and other videos are shot using 360° video and are played in VR.  HUD and VR are the new TV, along with holograms.  Holograms and VR will differ in forms of entertainment but both will be available mainstream.  Entertainment systems will be similar to what’s available now such as the HTC vive.  Users will be able to put a headset on and enter a virtual world.  In this virtual world you are an avatar and control the game play.  When you put on this headset you feel like you are actually the player.  If you get shot you feel as you got shot (Obviously no real damage is done).  But these systems make you feel like you are apart of the game.  These virtual gaming networks will be very popular and everyone will be able to use them (Kind of picture the movie Spy Kids 3d Game Over).  Television and Film are all shot and viewed in VR.  This provides an amazing entertainment experience.

The last two things I want to talk about are the home of the future and the jobs of the future.  The home of the future will be completely smart and will talk to the user.  You can choose a name and a voice for your home and ask it anything.  Kind of like a giant advanced Siri all over your home.  The home will be able to nicely wake you in the morning, open the blinds, cook you the meal you selected the night before.  Your home will also be able to have a virtual holographic assistant who can help you with simple tasks such as putting away the groceries.  To conclude I briefly want to talk about my job in the future.  I’m an advertising programmer, so all holographic advertisements you see in the street are mine.  I’ve created programs that can actually recognize a specific program and target them with relevant ads as they are walking down the street.  The smart boards will be able to “read” a person and tell if they are let’s say hungry, if hungry they will recommend a good restaurant close by.  If they are sick the ad will show them medicine that they should take etc.  The future is going to hold crazy technological advancements and I can probably write a 200 page essay on it, but for now this is all.


Assignment 5 – Veronica Ortiz

I’ve been working on a dramatic pilot for a TV series in which one of the main characters is deaf. The plot of the story takes place some years into the future and the main focus of it is the politics and the effects of the massive developments in Artificial Intelligence. Still, I had to build a futuristic world in which, for there to be smart talking robots walking among us, there were also other types of technological advancements to accompany them. One of these technological wonders is used by the deaf character: an ASL translator. The character wears gloves on his hands that track his ASL gestures and convert them to speech or text.

In studying the sensors in class I realized that I could use a sensor such as the ZX Distance and Gesture Sensor to forgo the use of the gloves and instead have the sensor capture his movements. A Voice Recognition Shield would then be used to translate speech into text for the main character to read and understand what hearing people are saying.

Vision Paper

Olivia Johnson
New 300
Vision Paper

The traditional form of journalism, newspapers, will not exist in a few years. However, for the other forms such as the digital aspect, there are a number of possibilities and realms that the field can go in. This is where modern technology comes in and can really make online journalism a vibrant and interactive space. The amount of new ways to convey messages is uncanny and really has bridged the generational gap, being able to reach an array for people from all walks of life. Everything from push alerts to 360 cameras and augmented reality have really given the audience something to look forward to when viewing the news. Also, the numerous ways the news can be distributed, from cell phone applications to videos on a tablet to crawlers on TV screens there are endless opportunities for journalists and media outlets to captures the audience’s attention. If the industry was able to capitalize on the numerous mediums being used another way than advertising then it could revitalize the entire business. Most importantly the outlets would be able to report the news more accurately and timely than previously done.

One of the ways the media industry can rebrand itself and gain some more credibility is by getting access to places that it has traditionally not been able to see easily or cheaply. This can be done through photography and videography on drones. Drones can reach heights that reporters can’t without helicopter access or paying someone that knows how to use a drone to fly. If media outlets had easier access to drones they could cover breaking news such as traffic jams or natural disasters faster and easier than they currently can. It would also be tremendously cheaper and they would be the owner of their content instead of buying footage from a third party. In addition to the price, media outlets would be able to give the public a better understanding of situations because of the proximity and the aerial view that could be obtained from using a drone. With drones the risks are minimal; permission and training are the obstacles that are preventing the wide use of drones in the industry. Once this hurdle is crossed a new form of reporting will take place. Maybe drones will fly over a fire and a journalist will do a live or voice over of the scene for web and live packages. The possibilities are endless.

Augmented reality is another possibility for the industry when reporting on the news. With augmented reality a person can be in their home or office and dually be in another reality, as opposed to being completely immersed in a fake or recorded universe. In this augmented world, a person can be taught how to fix appliances live from a plumber somewhere else or experience their children being in the room with them that are in actuality far away. It would be very interesting how the media could use this new space to incorporate the news. What if a person woke up in the morning and saw a cloud hanging over their bed to inform them that there was going to be inclement weather? What if people could experience morning show interviews with politicians or a celebrity right in their living room? This could take interactivity with news to the next level. There would no longer be a middle man of sorts when it comes to the people and the news, both would be one in a sense. HoloLens is the product that allows for this kind of experience and although it is not currently available for the masses to use. Once it is, it can be a great platform for the media to use to have interactive informational experiences for their audience. Who wouldn’t want to have a live interview in their home or know the weather as soon as they woke up in the morning or have someone demonstrate how to make a new food recipe in their kitchen while still being in the present and the comfort of their own home or office? It truly is the best of both worlds and I think the industry should capitalize on this experience for the public.

As for virtual reality, this can be used for online digital reporting and has been used by non-journalists, but could be extremely beneficial to the industry. With virtual reality, people are able to explore difference places and truly get immersed in what they are doing and where they are. This can be used for reporting because a person can be engulfed in a natural disaster such a Katrina and really get an understanding of what is happening on the ground. It is one thing for someone in New York to see the flooding that took place on the news in Dallas, but it is another thing for people to be able to wade in the water with the survivors and be able to walk into an abandoned home and empty store. This would really bring the news to life and make it more realistic for millions of people around the world. Recently, something like this was done for 9/11 by people in France and it was beneficial to new generations of people who were too young to really understand the gratitude of the event and for people that were not born yet. However, the experience had a negative effect on some people that participated in it. Some people felt that it was too real, especially people that lived through 9/11 and had first-hand experience of the devastation that it caused. They couldn’t handle an interactive virtual reenactment of what went on in the Pentagon and the Twin Towers. It to an extent traumatized them, but creators of the game did not understand prior to how such a detailed and graphic game could impact victims and their families. This is partly because they were from another country and weren’t directly impacted from the experience themselves. To them, it was probably a cool and a unique way to portray the event, but to the people that have lived through the experience they did not feel that way. If journalists could use this model not for a game, but for online use when covering anniversaries of Pearl Harbor or the killing of Osama Bin Laden they could really give people a different perspective on the event. This would also drive traffic to news sites that do not traditionally get a lot of attention from the public. In addition to that it would give the people a versatile experience and if it is too much for them they have the option to not participate or stop after a few minutes.

360 cameras are another new technology is the field. These cameras allow the user to capture images in a panorama kind of way, inclusive of a number of different angles and views. The camera gives photographers and videographers an array of different images that they would not be able to get otherwise. Journalists can use this to capture some of the world’s greatest wonders like reporting on the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls. More specifically journalists that cover travel and want to give their audience a different view than what is currently on google images can use this camera as a way to do it. With the camera, the sky, the mainland, the water and the people filming can be captured. In addition to that, all the pictures can be synced to create a cohesive set of images for different perspective viewing. This camera can truly change the way people see images and if reporters can use this during their nightly reports or online or even as snippets on social media they can enhance the viewers experience and even encourage people to take a trip. The downside to these cameras is the cost. They can range from hundreds of dollars to thousands and for media outlets to spend this amount of money on a device would be a lot. In addition to the cost, having people learn how to operate the device can also be a burden. 360 cameras are not easy to use and rendering for some of the cameras can be a nightmare, however once the cost is paid and people learn how to use them it can be a wonderful asset to reporting.

Sensors can enhance the way investigative journalists report on the news. By using sensors they have more control over props they use to get information such as robots and toy cars. These devices have cameras on them and can be controlled by the person operating it using sensors. The investigative reporting industry is in a decline and if getting information for the people could be collected in a better, easier, cheaper fashion than these sensors could revitalize the industry. Other kinds of sensors like those on digital monitors can collect data that major companies can use. However, journalists could use these monitors to collect data as well. They can collect information about the people in the region that surround the monitor. Journalists can also use the data to cater to the needs of the people such as tracking what they use the monitor for and what kind of information they are interested in when it comes to news etc. The only problem with these types of sensors is that some unsuspecting users may feel that their privacy is being invaded. Especially since they are using the monitors for one reason, but the information is being collected, distributed and used is for another purpose. The legality of this is also still in question. Despite this, sensors of all kind can benefit the media industry and the people that depend on it for their news.

In recent years, there have been a number of science fiction ideas that have come true like tablets, mixed reality and sensors. These new technologies can not only be to the benefit of the people, but also to journalists. Journalists could use these technologies to make their reporting better and like the new mediums of the past like radio and television it can enhance and increase viewership. In a time where people no longer look to journalists to get their news this could bring back some of those people that have been lost along the way. It could also bring back the credibility that has been lost in the industry over the years due to a lack of accurate reporting and notable biases. It is the job of the industry to be malleable and encompass new mediums to report the news, to inform and to an extent entertain the people. The future of the media is endless if anticipated and used wisely.

Drones + Me =? (Assignment 4)

As a Geography and Television dual major, I feel the options for drones in conjunction with my career are endless. Right now I’m interested in either working in the urban planning field, the television industry, or somehow combining both career paths for an awesome hybrid job.

In geography, I can see drones being a great asset in creating accurate maps of the world. I’m sure in the next few years there will be drones with long lasting batteries that can be used to study climate change, crops, and other physical changes over time in the world.

In the entertainment industry, there is already projected ideas about the use of drones in future. I found an article about the use of drones in the hit Netflix series Narcos, in which there is technology used to program drones to track and record an actor’s movements.

“Four actors jump between rooftops and sprint through sheets drying on clotheslines while a camera tracks them from above, hovering close enough to see their faces. The sequence, filmed in Bogotá for the coming Netflix drug-war series, “Narcos,” was too intimate to capture by helicopter and too intricate to choreograph easily from the ground. Cue the drone.”

There is also a video attached to the article that discusses different projects where drones have been used, from Music videos and movies to personal low budget projects with amazing outcomes.

Here is OK GO’s ‘I Won’t Let You Down’, a cool music video where drones were a key in the making of the project.

Though there are still health concerns about the dangers of these flying cameras around the general public, the possibilities for this new technology is endless. If the price range were a little lower, I’d be in line to buy one at this very moment, but until then I’ll enjoy the projects that come from drones, and see how other students are using them at school.

Maxine Williams

Field Test – Journalism with Drones

For my field test, I wanted to see how effectively journalists could use drones to cover news, more specifically covering large vicinities and or large regions. I explored this by using a drone to fly over west campus, specifically the dome. Using drones to get an aerial view would be most beneficial to local and national news outlets and give the audience a better understanding of what is happening. If media outlets had easier access to drones to conduct such visual reporting the quality of news coverage would increase tremendously.

To get the footage I used a camera that took video and pictures that was attached to an eleven-pound drone and flew it from a parking lot near west campus. Setting up the drone took about ten minutes and two people were needed to control it. One person was needed to control the direction of the drone and the other person was needed to control the images that were being taken. The drone took flight vertically for about eight minutes with a loud propeller sound.




The drone flew near the dome, dorms and some academic buildings it also flew near the highway and captured great images of all those locations and the grave yard. The drone reached 439 feet in the air at one point and was able to reach the heights necessary to have a great vantage point over the surrounding area and the dome. As of right now with a little photo editing the images could be used for an array of publications and coverage regarding west campus. Henceforth the project was a complete success.


Currently, some media outlets pay professional drone users to flyer over certain places to capture the images or have multi-media specialist flyer in planes to get the images they need. This can be a safety hazard and not cost efficient for an industry that doesn’t have a lot of money. Although, profitable for the professional it at times may be an enormous inconvenience for the industry. If, media outlets had easier access to drones and could fly drones at their disposal they would be able to get in-depth coverage of fires and airports (during inclement weather when planes are not flying), protest (at a high view) and large stadiums such as the dome. Especially since a videographer or photographer on the ground cannot take a full picture of the dome from any vantage point. These pictures must be taken from the air and a drone is the safest way to do so.

Thus, the pictures and video I was able to capture from flying a drone were remarkable and tremendously beneficial. If I were actually covering an event in the dome or reconstruction on the dome or anything dome related the pictures would enhance any on air, recorded, in print, digital or other multimedia piece I was doing. This would give more credibility to the outlet I work for, myself and help the people visual the situation at hand.

It is the hope that in the future drones can be widely used in said way to advance journalism coverage. In order for this to happen the regulation of drones needs to be easier for the media to have access to. Also, the cost of drones (although cheaper than getting a plane) needs to come down. In addition to this, training for people using the drones needs to increase. However, if all these things are done then consumers of news will have a new way to view the world and the messages that journalists are conveying.

A special thank you to Kyle for taking the drone out with his team and flyer it with me.


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