Posts Tagged ‘Weather’

The best camera…

Posted: August 8, 2010 in iPhone, Mobile, News
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They always say the best camera is the one you have with you – in this case an iPhone4 which enabled me to capture the moment when a summer storm swept in.

Given the huge contrast in the scene – a sunlit field in the foreground and lowering skies in the background – I think it coped pretty well.

The barely visible white specks in the images are seagulls which were attracted to the base of the storm, though I’ve no idea why.

I think this sequence of shots shows that cameras in mobiles have come a long way in a very short time.

While they’re never going to replace high-end digital SLRs, there’s a lot to be said for portability and convenience especially for fleeting moments of beauty like those provided by our capricious weather.

Portability and convenience allied to real-time data will, I believe, also make mobiles primary devices for news consumption in years to come – though there are still many obstacles.

Best of all from this weekend stroll in the countryside – I managed to stay dry!

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Spent a fascinating day at the Met Office in Exeter and saw an excellent presentation from Wayne Elliott on the work they are doing around anticipatory care.

Weather has a major impact on all kinds of health issuesand the thinking goes that if they can produce better, more accurate, forecasts at an earlier stage, they can play a big part in curbing illness and even deaths.

France’s summer heatwave in 2003 killed nearly 15,000 people, many of them elderly, and put severe strain on health resources. Better forecasting and improved planning and prevention strategies could, potentially, have saved many lives.

One example cited here in the UK concerned the respiratory disease COPD and involved Finnish firm Medixine: http://tiny.cc/24nIy
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