THE BRAVEST SOLDIERS OF THAT TIME
It was the first official Latin name given by the Romans for a part of the Netherlands close to the eastern border with Germany, along the river Rhine. Here lived a tribe called the Bataven (Batavians) who were elite troops and known for being among the bravest soldiers at the time. They also served the Roman emperor as bodyguards, this was around the year 0.Centuries later the name Batavia became widely used for various peoples. Best known are the Batavians (Batavieren) who were the citizens of the Batavian Republic (1795 to 1806) where for the first time in 1796 a national and democratic parliament was elected. The Batavian Republic was renamed to the Kingdom of Holland in 1806 and later after more unification, this became the Netherlands. In the earlier centuries, Batavians were most often united groups of people who fought against landlords or foreign conquerors, and Batavian was a sort of a rebel name.
IN THE VOC
The VOC ship Batavia left Holland in 1628 to sail to Dutch Indies (Indonesia) for trading purposes, carrying almost 2/3 of the cash capital of the Dutch VOC (the first public company in the world, founded in 1602). This huge capital caused mutiny on board which leads to the ship stranding along the west coast of Australia (Beacon island, Houtman Abrolhos). From there a group of people decided to row almost 2500 km with a small boat to the city of Batavia in Indonesia to ask for help. During this journey, several people were left behind in Australia and are expected to have integrated with the local Aboriginals as the first outsiders ever.The city Batavia in Indonesia was renamed to Jakarta in 1948. But 4 cities in the USA still carry the name Batavia: Batavia IL, IA, NY, OH. All founded by the Dutch.The word Batavia can definitely be related to discovery, adventure, entrepreneurship, and facing challenges head-on.
Temporary hunting alliances between octopuses and coral reef fish have been documented for decades and can involve multiple participants of various species, the study authors reported Dec. 18 in the journal Ecology. Sometimes, fish and octopuses will work together for more than an hour, with different species scouting different locations. Octopuses pursue prey that dart around rocks and into tight spaces in the reef, while bottom-feeding fish such as the yellow-saddle goatfish (Parupeneus cyclostomus) scour the seafloor, and other fish species patrol the water column, according to the study.
This startup wants to build VR headsets with 'human eye-resolution'
Earlier this month, Google virtual reality head Clay Bavor discussed the company’s efforts on a mind-boggling 20 megapixel screen that was currently under development. The screens would be a staggering 17x resolution improvement on displays in current generation VR systems like the Rift and Vive. They would also be totally unusable, because at the frame rates needed for VR, such displays would burn through 50-100 GBs of data per second.The key for working this out would be utilizing a technology called foveated rendering to track where a user’s eyes are looking and ensure that only the area at the center of their vision is being rendered at full resolution.While this will undoubtedly be a technology that enables the future of high-end VR, it’s still one that relies on expensive displays that aren’t even widely available yet.
A Finnish startup is positing that they’ve come up with a way to bring human-eye level resolution to VR headsets through a technique that will direct a pair of insanely high-resolution displays to the center of your vision. With current technology, the company claims this will enable perceived resolutions north of 70 megapixels.Varjo, which means “shadow” in Finnish, is looking to bring this technology to higher-end business customers by next year at a price of “less than $10,000” according to the company.
Why show off this tech now? Largely because the company is currently raising cash stateside and was just awarded a few patents related to these technologies last week.I had the chance to demo a prototype of the company’s technology last week using a modified Oculus Rift headset with Varjo’s display systems embedded.I suppose the best testament to the company’s technology was that I spent most of the demo questioning whether my eye sight had actually been improved. After being dropped into an apartment scene, I was almost disturbed by my ability to read the spines of books on bookshelves several feet away.