Chelsea v Leicester line-ups: Blues pair return, youngsters on bench, two changes for Foxes

first_imgThibaut Courtois and Branislav Ivanovic have recovered from illness and injury respectively to return to the Chelsea side. Courtois displaces Asmir Begovic, while Ivanovic plays in central defence alongside Gary Cahill, with John Mikel Obi dropping out.John Terry, who is mulling over a one-year extension to his contract, is suspended. Diego Costa remains injured so Bertrand Traore continues up front.Two members of Chelsea’s youth team, Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham, are among the substitutes.Newly crowned champions Leicester also make two changes, with Danny Drinkwater back from suspension to partner N’Golo Kante in midfield.Shinji Okazaki is on the bench so there’s a first Premier League start for January signing Demarai Gray, as Claudio Ranieri returns to Stamford Bridge 12 years after his sacking as Blues boss.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Baba Rahman; Fabregas, Matic; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Traore. Subs: Begovic, Tomori, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Oscar, Pato, Abraham.Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Wasilewski, Morgan (c), Fuchs, Kanté, Drinkwater, King, Mahrez, Vardy, Gray. Subs: Schwarzer, Albrighton, Amartey, Schlupp, Okazaki, Ulloa, Chilwell.See also:Costa ruled out but Courtois fit to returnChelsea v Leicester City: match preview, team news, facts and figures’I want to stay,’ Terry tells Chelsea fansFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Taking precision ag to your planter!

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The last two months we talked about common questions about precision ag. What is precision ag? How large does a farm need to be to use precision ag? Does precision ag pay? What should I do first to get started with Precision ag? In case you missed it, the short answers to those questions are as follows. Precision ag is using the tools we have available to manage each and every acre to reach its highest economic potential. No farm is too small to utilize some form of precision agriculture. It pays to invest in precision ag. Grid soil sampling and collecting yield data from a yield monitor are a great place to start. This month we are going to look at some technologies you can use on your planting operation. Auto steerMost of the precision ag Displays you could utilize to collect data can also be used as the interface to control your auto steer on your tractor pulling the planter. Auto steering systems come in two types. Assisted steering and integrated steering systems. Assisted steering systems mount to the side or underneath the steering wheel and they steer the vehicle for you by turning the steering wheel. The integrated steering systems tee into the hydraulics of your vehicle and steer the vehicle hydraulically. These tend to be a little more accurate and less intrusive to the cab than the assisted steering systems. An integrated steering system should keep the vehicle within an inch of the GPS directions and an assisted steering system tends to keep the vehicle one to three inches from the GPS directions. But the steering is only as accurate as the GPS signal that is guiding it. GPS varies in accuracy depending on the type of GPS correction you use. WAAS is six- to eight-inch pass-to-pass and RTK is one-inch repeatable. GPS.gov states that GPS guidance saves 7% to 10% of fertilizer and pesticides by not overlapping. Our customers tell us they typically experience a 2% to 4% reduction on a planting operation with RTK. With that kind of savings, it does not take long for a steering system to pay for itself. Planter performance monitoringSeveral Precision ag displays can turn your planter into a test stand. You no longer have to wait until the seed comes out of the ground to see what type of job you did planting. These displays will monitor population, skips, doubles and misplaced seeds. This can save you thousands by catching a problem during planting before you plant hundreds of acres with costly errors. Automatically controlled individual row clutchesYou can use the same GPS unit and Precision ag display to automatically shut off each individual row on your planter. Some planters are now coming equipped from the factory with clutches on each row. However, if that’s not the case with your planter, never fear, we can add our clutches to your existing planter. This technology pays off very quickly. The average savings our customers see with this technology is between 4% to 5% of their seed inputs. But that’s only part of the payback, there’s also the increase in yield on the 4% to 5% that is no longer double planted. The smaller and more odd-shaped the field, the more savings you will see. Variable rate populationOur precision ag displays can also be used to control the variable rate drives on your corn planter, if equipped. We can also add variable rate drives to your existing planter if you do not have them. These drives allow us to place higher rates of seed corn in the high producing areas of the field and reduce the rates in the low yielding areas of the field. Our customers saw a four-bushel advantage in corn and a 1.5-bushel advantage in soybeans with VRA seeding. We now have the ability to switch hybrids on the go. This technology allows us to place a high-yielding offensive hybrid in the best ground and a defensive hybrid in the tougher ground. Electric row unit drivesWe can install electric motors on each row unit to drive your seed meter. These drives act as a clutch and a VRA controller but they do much more than that. One of the biggest problems we see with planters is noise in the drive train. This can come from a flat spot on a drive tire, a hard spot on a bearing, misaligned cogs on the hinge points or a frozen or tight link in one of the drive chains. All of these can cause the meter on the row unit to skip, jump, speed up or slow down causing misplaced seed. Electric row drives eliminate all of that driveline noise or inaccuracies. They also turn your VRA into HD by controlling the rate of each row individually. Automatic hydraulic downforce controlHave you ever struggled with how to set your downforce springs on your planter? Some areas of the field require a lot of downforce to plant at the right depth while other areas require little or no downforce. Hydraulic downforce control systems can manage those situations for you automatically. We install a load pin on your depth control mechanism that allows us to measure the amount of downforce on your depth gauge wheels. We then can adjust our downforce on the row unit automatically to help us maintain constant depth while not over compacting the seed trench.As you can tell there are many different technologies that you can add to your planter. To get the biggest bang for your buck we recommend using a combination of several or all of them. Visit your Precision ag dealer to see what technologies best fit your operation.last_img read more

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The Dawn of Sensors & Social Media in the World of Fine Art

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#art#Internet of Things#web marshall kirkpatrick 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Wall placards, museum docents and audio tours have all become essential technologies for many peoples’ engagement with our collective culture as represented in the world’s fine art.Imagine what could happen if your enjoyment of art was augmented further by the kinds of social technologies that you already use on the internet. Thousands of visitors to the STRP art festival in Eindhoven, Holland this Fall got to experience exactly that. The festival’s creative integration of its existing art exhibits with Twitter, Facebook, a recommendation engine, a print-on-demand service, tag clouds and RFID chips might represent the kind of experience that art lovers everywhere may be able to enjoy elsewhere soon. If life imitates art, such technologies could bust out of the museums and enter into the rest of our cities sooner than we think.Consider whether this sounds desirable, in art and perhaps throughout our interaction with what was formerly called the offline world. Here’s how they did it at STRP this year, according to an in-depth account by Mary Catherine O’Connor in the publication RFID Journal. (“At Dutch Festival, Visitors Used RFID to Critique Art, Share Opinions“)Viewers of Christoph De Boeck’s Staalhemel (“Steel Sky”) took turns wearing EEG headgear that controlled tiny hammer strikes against the metal above other attendees, in time with their brain waves.Prior to entering the festival, attendees were encouraged to fill out online profiles describing themselves and, if they like, signing in with their Twitter and Facebook accounts. Then when they arrived, they were given Radio Frequency Identification chips (RFID) in a variety of different formats (badges, bracelets or their municipal services card) that they logged-in to associate with the online accounts they’d created. Inside the part of the festival that included an art show, the attendees were able to visit any of 37 kiosks that could read their RFID chips and recognize who they were. They were then asked about particular pieces of art they had just viewed. How would they describe each one? How would they rate their appreciation of the pieces of art?If attendees had signed in with their Twitter or Facebook accounts, their reviews could be published immediately out to the web and shared with friends. Have you seen van Gogh’s Starry Night at the New York MoMA? It’s surrounded by people waving cell phone cameras at it all the time. Could we just skip that part and publish a picture, along with our responses, out to Facebook? Personal annotation, in an existing social context. Ought that not be every bit as much an option while standing in front of a beautiful painting, or river or tree, as it is when reading an article on a website you’ve visited?After describing each work, the kiosks showed attendees a tag cloud of the most frequently used words used by other people to describe the same works. Perhaps you’ve experienced a work in an unusual way, or hadn’t considered a particular emotion or theme that other viewers had experienced when looking at the same work. Wouldn’t that be informative to learn?Pandora for art. Depending on which pieces they rated the highest, the kiosks also offered attendees personalized recommendations of other pieces they would likely enjoy and should make sure not to miss. That’s very cool. (MIT Media Lab does something similar, recommending exhibits based on your past experiences at the Lab.)The more art an attendee rated, the more likely they became to win a graphic badge displayed on the profiles of top participants. Walking throughout the exhibit were festival staff members with RFID scanners, netbooks and digital cameras. Attendees could have their cards scanned, their photos taken and then purchase a personalized photo book printed to commemorate the event.“Many of the STRP attendees are high-school kids, and they think [RFID] is really cool,” Ties van de Werff, a curator of the event, told RFID Journal. “To them, it’s an extension of the Web.”What do you think of this kind of technology being involved in the world of art? If you think it could enrich the experience without too great a cost in attention and engagement, perhaps you can imagine this kind of experience extending beyond the museum and into our everyday lives.last_img read more

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