Welcome to the first newsletter of 2022. I hope you are all staying safe as Omicron runs through New Zealand.
Once again, there is quite a lot to share in this newsletter:
- we have a new product: a thermal camera with a speaker attached to allow easy experimentation with audio lures
- there are some useful software updates making it easier to tag birds in audio recordings and improving the productivity of reviewing thermal videos from our cameras
- we have successfully implemented machine vision on our thermal cameras, allowing a host of innovative applications now the camera knows what it's seeing in real time
- the Cacophony team have continued their work on their AI powered trap.
In other news, my brother Grant, who is the founder of The Cacophony Project has been busy with a couple of other projects. He's published a book: Comparonomics about why life is better than you think and how to make it even better. Another one of his start-ups, Purepods, has announced their first North Island getaway.
Finally, with everything that is going on in the world, I thought I would share a thermal video I found the other day of a little blue penguin in Tāwharanui. It bought a smile to my face.
Ngā mihi nui,