Friday, June 12, 2009

About Us

There are two of us at Aerial Vr: Chris Blake and Brian Shriver.

Chris Blake is the company's owner, founder, website developer and chief technologist. He has a long resume of experience and interest in the areas of mechanical design, aircraft maintenance, sailing and even hang gliding. Chris manages to weave an amazing tapestry of technologies together in order to offer the services he intends to provide at Aerial Vr. To name a few: digital photography, mechanical and hardware design, 3D modelling software, robotics, radio frequency and remote control and of course digital imaging software packages, apparently by the dozens. For someone who describes himself as "not a programmer" ... he manages to copy, paste and generally "McGyver" his way through thousands of lines of code on his way to great websites and blog layouts. In short, Chris is one creative, inventive and persistent technical mind. He also needs to be credited with wrapping his mind around the business problem of finding a niche in an evolving marketplace, essentially asking the question "who needs virtual reality and aerial photographs and who might be willing to pay for them?" I suppose you might add the question: "and how might today's web tools be used to attract and inform them of our efforts?" Chris has managed to find some focus for our efforts without closing the door to the endless possibilities that a new technology offers.

Brian Shriver is primarily the writer of blogs. (May I switch to the "first person?") I bring my background and interest in mechanical engineering and design, instrumentation and controls, travel, photography, writing, art, website development and digital imaging to the effort. I've had a good time thus far researching and writing material for our blog. I'll be doing a lot of the actual photography as things progress. It's a good thing that I have a well developed electromechanical and remote controlled equipment fetish because I'll be using all kinds of fancy cameras, lenses and robotic equipment for suspending, positioning and aiming them. I've also had fun leafing through my little black book in order to find people who might be interested in keeping abreast of developments at Aerial Vr. Most of my contacts have provided opportunities for the cleverly coined (and mildly euphamistic phrase?): "public service panoramas" ... but I have no doubt that a payday is on the way. I've spoken to architects, sign makers, green technologists, Save the Bayers, Narrows Arts Center directors, pastors of local churches and carpet salesmen in my quest ... and frankly, it's been fun.

Fair Journey,

Brian Shriver

Aerial Vr - "Your location in high definition virtual reality."
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This is the blog of Aerial Vr ( We create virtual reality photographs for viewing on the web. We also send our cameras into the sky on a variety of kites and blimps to see the world from a bird's eye view. We're blogging about our experiences as this exciting new technology and the market around it develops. We're also dedicated to developing a resource for visitors to the Narragansett Bay & Southcoast areas so that they can explore in virtual reality before they come. Try the links above to see all of the content we present in this blog, especially the "Vr Map" link which presents information with a Google map as starting point. "Home" will bring up several recent posts. Or page downwards and try the "Labels" or "Blog Archives" to bring up blog posts and panoramas from our expanding portfolio that fall within a given category. Fair Winds!

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