NICTA Techfest 09: Photos

NICTA Techfest 09: Photos

Summary: The publicly-funded research body National ICT Australia (NICTA) held its annual showcase of technology yesterday. On show was technology ranging from bionic eyes to a mathematically-proven operating system kernel.


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  • An infrared camera is used for tasks one might not immediately suspect: such as detecting feral animals and being used in food safety. The IR camera is able to detect problems in vegetation before it is visible to the human eye.

    (Credit: Chris Duckett/

  • An abstract representation of sensors used to monitor bridge health, a deployment that is being tested on one bridge in NSW. Currently, the sensor uses a a 3G connection to report back to a hub, which makes its use in outback areas unlikely at this point. The sensors manage acceleration and strain on the bridge, which is fed back into a model to determine structural integrity.

    (Credit: Chris Duckett/

  • TiniWiki is available now for iPhones and takes more than 60GB of Wikipedia text (no image or video media) down to less than 6GB in total for offline use. When changes are made to Wikipedia, deltas of changes are sent to TiniWiki so that the information remains current.

    (Credit: Chris Duckett/

Topics: Open Source, Apple, Government AU, iPhone


Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining CBS as a programmer. After a Canadian sojourn, he returned in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia, and is now the Australian Editor of ZDNet.

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