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About Spec

Spec is a company that received a Department of Defense SBIR/STTR grant for a project entitled: Comprehensive data-reduction and analysis package for cloud and precipitation particle imager data.. The abstract given for this project is as follows: An efficient, user-friendly, well documented data processing and analysis software package is needed to process the complex data produced by new airborne particle imaging probes, such as the SPEC 2D-S, cloud particle imager (CPI) and 3V-CPI probes. For example, the 3V-CPI, which combines features of the 2D-S and CPI, integrates data from the 2D-S probe plus images from a 1 Megapixel digital camera at 500 frames per second, amounting to a data rate exceeding 6 billion pixels per second. The very large data throughput and signal processing from these instruments require sophisticated and efficient software to process and interpret the collected data. Furthermore, software developed to process and analyze data from these probes must be standardized, user- friendly with clearly defined algorithms that are understood and available to the entire research community. SPEC Inc., the developer of the 2D-S and 3V-CPI probes, has already made significant inroads in the development of low-level code that analyzes the copious parameters associated with each particle imaged by the 2D-S and CPI probes. These low-level codes perform several functions, including decompressing images that have been compressed in hardware, analyzing several housekeeping and individual particle image signals, such as the particle arrival time, transit time, focus value, particle location on the array(s), deadtime in overload conditions, particle maximum length, width, area and perimeter, reject particles that are too closely spaced due to shattering on probe inlets, to name only a few examples. However, these codes have been written largely for the purpose of the company's internal engineering evaluation of the performance of the probes. SPEC has also developed particle habit classification schemes for the standalone CPI. In Phase I, we will standardize and enhance the 2D-S codes to have straightforward point-and-click user interfaces and a first-cut technical manual. The final Phase I product will enable users of the 2D-S to select various community standard artifact rejection algorithms, display particle size distributions using selectable imaging processing techniques, compute derived parameters such as extinction, liquid and ice water content and effective particle radius. The CPI particle classification schemes and other candidate schemes will be evaluated for implementation in Phase II. The code developed in Phase I will output the particle size distributions and derived parameters in ascii format for input into archive files. The feasibility of commercializing the final software product will be evaluated. In Phase II, we will extend the software package to include data from the 3V-CPI, finalize the various software components and combine them into a user friendly, menu driven package with graphical displays. The package will be tested with real data and its functionality will be demonstrated. A plan for transitioning the package to commercial use will be developed.

Spec Headquarter Location

3022 Sterling Circle Suite 200

Boulder, Colorado, 80301,

United States


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Rivian R1T Quad-Motor: Extensive Driving Review By Out Of Spec

Mar 30, 2022

Who better than Kyle Conner to share precisely how the Rivian R1T performs? Mar 30, 2022 at 8:51am ET By: Steven Loveday As you're probably already aware, Kyle Conner and his team at Out of Spec enjoyed a week with the Rivian R1T . They've been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to review the electric pickup truck , and to say they achieved their goal would be an understatement. Conner has been cranking out video after video of the luxurious and capable R1T, and now we can finally share his full, in-depth driving review. We can't think of a friend of InsideEVs who's better suited to provide detailed impressions about how the R1T performs. This is because Kyle not only reviews just about every EV that comes to market, as well as all current models, but he also spends quality time with gas-powered cars and trucks. Conner hits the roads in Northern Colorado to put together some outstanding footage for driving enthusiasts. This is not just a quick jaunt around a parking lot or a neighborhood joyride. Instead, Kyle reveals how the R1T drives in the city and on the highway. He also heads out to the canyons and spends a wealth of time sharing the electric pickup truck's performance driving. There's an intense amount of detailed information in the video above, so we encourage you to take the time to watch it. We will tell – and we're almost certain it will come as no surprise to most readers – that Conner is mindblown at how well the R1T has been able to handle everything Out of Spec put it through over the course of a week. It really is arguably not only the "perfect" pickup truck, but really one of the best EVs to ever come to market, at least in terms of its well-roundedness and all-around success. If you're in the market for an electric vehicle, you're probably looking closely at your budget and weighing your priorities. Depending on if you need something capable or efficient, family-friendly or driver-centric, tough or luxurious; a city commuter, a highway road-trip car, an Overlanding champion, or a high-performance "track star," you name it, the R1T almost certainly fits the bill. The video is long, so you'll have to carve out an hour to watch it all the way through. It's definitely worth your time. However, if you want to jump around the video and pay specific attention to some areas, you're in luck. Out of Spec Reviews also provided the following topics and timestamps to help us navigate: 0:00 - Hello & Welcome!

  • Where is Spec's headquarters?

    Spec's headquarters is located at 3022 Sterling Circle Suite 200, Boulder.

  • What is Spec's latest funding round?

    Spec's latest funding round is Grant.

  • Who are the investors of Spec?

    Investors of Spec include U.S. Department of Defense.

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