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Boeing to launch a three-dimension camera for aerial views

marzo 11, 2010 Technology No Commenti

3d Camera

Aviation giant Boeing has just announced that soon it will launch on the market a photo camera to be used to capture 3D aerial images, which has been specifically designed to be deployed on UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) type aircraft and helicopters, and which can have applications in several fields, ranging from reconnaissance or target acquisition for the military, or commercial applications of various kinds, as well as aerial video surveillance operations, both civilian and military.

This 3D photo camera has been developed by Spectrolab, a subsidiary company of Boeing, over more than two years of design and different tests on UAVs. Compared to similar devices for capture of 3D images, it has the advantage of a smaller size (its encumbrance is roughly one third of similar models), as well as a ten times lower energy consumption, a factor of vital importance for UAVs, which are powered by battery packs, making every inch of power important.

To create its 3D images, during flight the photo camera sends short and quick laser pulses towards the ground, measuring the duration of every pulse’s flight time to determine the distance of the ground from the device thanks to its set of sensors and imaging software.

Once the test stage on UAVs is over, Boeing will also be studying the possibility of adding video capabilities, in order to add further potential to its three dimensional imaging system, in order to make it suitable for a wide range of applications on the ground, in the air and even in outer space.

Long distance monitoring from anywhere, with a robot cam

marzo 11, 2010 Technology No Commenti

Robocam

If we are going on holiday and are afraid that our home might be visited by burglars, or if we are keeping valuable objects in the house and fear that someone with malicious intentions might take advantage of our absence, and we just do not want to sit back, cross our fingers and just hope that nothing happens while we are out, we still can find an effective solution to keep our home (or our office) under close control, without having to spend a fortune for the installation of a complicated surveillance system with cameras in each room.

All that is needed is a WiFi connection and a computer, and wherever you are, you can keep the situation under close scrutiny, thanks to the cam robot, that is, a small device, equipped with a pan and tilt webcam, which can freely move on wheels within your office or home, and detect any changes in the environment, such as a movement, a piece of furniture that has been moved, an open door which was closed before or vice versa.

By programming a path with preset waypoints, you can easily achieve a full surveillance inside your premises or apartment, and in case of alert the robot cam can send an acoustic alarm in the room. Thanks to its webcam, it is possible to follow In real time what goes on, by simply connecting to the internet and guiding its webcam in real time, even in the dark thanks to its powerful headlight which will illuminate the area.

In a few words, we are talking about a webcam teamed up with an intelligent robot, which thanks to its rechargeable battery can freely move around on its sturdy wheels. The operating time of the battery is around 90 minutes, therefore it can be programmed so that, at fixed intervals or when the battery is low, it will automatically return to its docking station to recharge, and get ready to start his job again!

A hydrogen powered bicycle in the traffic? Why not

marzo 9, 2010 Technology No Commenti

Hydrogen Bike

The latest novelty in the clean energy field comes, needless to say, from the Far East, where Japanese firm Iwatani has just presented its hydrogen bicycle, which uses a fuel cell to generate approximately 60 Watts of power.

The fuel used to power it is liquid hydrogen, which is in turn used to charge a Li-ion battery, responsible for supplying the necessary energy to generate motion. At the current stage, the bicycle is being tested within the Osaka Kansai airport, where it is used by staff to move from one terminal to the other of the huge Japanese airport, famous for being built on an artificial island.

On a full battery, the bicycle can travel for around 45 kilometers, roughly the equivalent of approximately 3 hours of operation. Charging is started by inserting a liquid hydrogen cartridge, with a 0.25 liter capacity, in its slot placed above the bicycle’s rear wheel.

A valve would then reduce the pressure generated by liquid hydrogen, to optimize its flow towards the PEFC fuel cell, which generates a current of approximately 30-35V, which in turn is reduced by a converter until it reaches 26V, necessary to charge the Li-ion battery.

Currently, its creators are studying solutions to increase the engine’s output power, which may not be enough in case of particularly difficult conditions such as a long uphill road or so.

For this reason, at the moment a public release date has not been planned yet, and the bicycle might hit our roads only when the problem is satisfactorily solved, allowing us to face the traffic without polluting the air, saving energy and also attracting curious or envious looks from fellow car drivers stuck in a queue!

A bug inside your ordinary mouse

marzo 9, 2010 Technology No Commenti

Mouse

When it comes to long distance surveillance, one of the main factors is keeping the operation as secret as it gets, and when you have to use a remote monitoring system, you should try to make them as invisible as possible.

Thanks to the ever increasing miniaturization of technology, particularly the kind that is used in this specific field, it is now possible to conceal listening devices inside objects of everyday use and of small size, such as table calculators, office lamps, inside what looks like a USB drive or, for example, on the inside of a computer mouse, which can be equipped with a GSM bug.

The GSM mouse, at a first glance, is a perfectly normal mouse which, along with carrying out its ordinary duties, on the inside conceals a small but important secret: a micro transmitter teamed up with a SIM card.

All you have to do is replace your old mouse with this new one, and as soon as it is connected to the USB port, the transmitter will immediately be available to start working, allowing a third party listener to hear in real time the conversations in the room, no matter where he is. To listen in, all you have to do is a phone call.

When it is not used as a remote listening device, your GSM mouse works normally, in order to avoid arising any possible suspicion in its unaware user. When you want to be in touch with him, all you have to do is call the number connected to the SIM card, and in a completely invisible fashion you will be able to listen in real time to environmental conversations taking place within a few meters around your spy mouse.

Once the surveillance operation is completed, just hang up and the mouse will keep working normally, while the bug is in standby mode.

A shirt to tell you if you are connected

marzo 8, 2010 Technology No Commenti

AwareFashion

In our times, being always connected, always available and always traceable has become a modern need. The problem is that often, we may not be aware that even while we are offline, the net is always around us, as well as other surveillance and detection systems, mobile phones and Bluetooth connections.

To respond to this need, Richard Etter has created AwareFashion, the first clothing line made up of shirts which inform you about the presence of wireless networks, mobile phones or transmission systems around you.

By using a shirt from the AwareFashion line, it is for example possible to make sure that, inside a meeting or conference room, all mobile phones are duly switched off, or that no one is transmitting any confidential information to an outside receiver. The shirt is equipped with some sort of external pocket, with the same design as the shirt, which is attached on the shirt’s front or sleeve by means of buttons.

Inside this pocket, you can find a small lightweight antenna, which in turn is connected to thin optical fiber cables. When the antenna detects a transmission source, the end of the optical cable, placed on the shirt’s sleeve, will discreetly glow, informing its wearer that a source of transmission is nearby.

Optical fiber cables are sawn and inside the shirt’s stitches, making them look like an element of design and fashion rather than an electronic device, and the color of the glowing light can also be chosen by its wearer in order to add one further touch of style. Furthermore, the cables can easily be washed along with shirt and detachable pocket (but not with the antenna!).

The price of this techno-fashion wonder has not been disclosed yet, but quite sure, fashion or tech victims will anxiously be waiting to get one!

A micro helicopter for post-nuclear attack reconnaissance

marzo 8, 2010 Technology No Commenti

Nuclear UAV

At Virginia Tech University, a group of researchers is at work on designing an unmanned helicopter which, due to its characteristics, is one that its creators hope that they will never have the chance to use.

In fact, it is designed to be used for reconnaissance missions in areas hit by a nuclear strike or a dirty bomb, which combines conventional explosive and radioactive material, supporting investigators to detect radioactivity levels and gather intelligence data and images to assess the damage suffered.

The micro helicopter, approximately 6 foot long and with a weight around 200 pounds, is a Yamaha RMAX UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) which has been engineered by adding a software which, among other things, would have it head automatically towards a radioactivity source, if it is detected by the sensors mounted on the vehicle.

On top of that, it can carry, along with photo and video equipment, a mini robot, which is connected to a retractable wire and dropped on the affected area, where thanks to a small “vacuum cleaner” it can be used to gather evidence and debris, which is then analyzed to evaluate the level of radioactive contamination.

Thanks to its high maneuverability, this robot can reach the crater where an explosion took place, take pictures and measurements; furthermore, researchers are working to make it waterproof, in order to be able to use it in the difficult environmental conditions that follow an explosion, with broken water pipes, puddles and the like.

They are also studying the possibility of adding a range of devices to take 3D images of the ground, in order to better analyze characteristics of the blast and optimize rescue operations.
The project is being financed by the US Department of Defense, and should see the light before the end of the year although, for obvious reasons, we all hope that it is never used for applications for which it was designed.

Digital video recorders to expose cases of bribery

marzo 6, 2010 Technology No Commenti

Take the Money and Run

When it comes to having the possibility of using one’s position and power in the political arena, no matter how small or big, for a personal gain, the world is all the same, no matter which side of the fence one sits in.
So, at any latitude, at any level, you can hear about agreements reached under the table between majority and opposition, agreements which, instead of bringing about an advantage for the community, end up being profitable mostly for politicians of either side, or of both.

Generally this kind of agreement is reached silently, to avoid publicity and unpleasant political consequences. Sometimes though, it may happen that among the members of a chamber, or a local or regional council, there is someone who says no to this status quo and decides to expose these under-the-table agreements.

Something like this is what happened in a small Russian town, lost in the middle of the Siberian tundra. In that part of the world, corruption is unfortunately part of daily life, and opposing it means, too often, running a personal risk or putting one’s life in danger. All this was not enough to put down the local MP Sergei (not his real name) from his idea of making a corruption case known to the general public.

The question was about the opening of a waste processing plant near his town. The fact itself is quite a common thing which would not make the headlines, if not for the fact that, unbeknownst to the inhabitants, the plant was going to be used not only for common waste, but also to dispose of much more dangerous nuclear waste, of course without making the whole thing public.

To guarantee approval of this slight deviation from the official plan, both coalitions received promises of substantial sums of money, personal benefits or even luxury cars. This was being openly discussed during council meetings, with no shame whatsoever or any respect for the public.

To make this case public, Sergei equipped himself with a miniature video recorder, slightly smaller than a pack of cigarettes, concealed in the front pocket of his jacket.

A micro digital video recorder, in spite of its extremely small size, is capable of recording high quality video footage and clear sounds, without being visible at first sight, saving its recordings on a memory card, either built-in or additional, with a capacity of up to 32 Gb or more.

Recording can be easily started by casually pressing a button, without giving out any sign of activity and without raising any suspicion. Once the recording operation is completed, all you have to do is connect your digital video recorder to any computer thanks to the USB cable, and download your footage.

This is exactly what our Sergei did, and once he had his movies downloaded on his PC, he uploaded them on YouTube and made the link public in his town. Despite the fact that in Russia, people have a very lax attitude towards their politicians, and often turn a blind eye to corruption and bribery cases, getting to know that their hometown was to become the gravesite of tons of nuclear waste generated a widespread outrage, and several protests in the city ended up in having the project rejected. All this thanks to a local MP without a price tag on, and to his passion for technology.

If you want to give a go at taking video footage without being seen, not only to expose such cases, but just for work reasons, to take notes during a meeting, or for leisure (a day out with your friends, a concert and so on) and to have more information on how micro video recorders are working, you can visit the Endoacustica website.

Flying man really exists

marzo 5, 2010 Technology No Commenti

Jetpack

Human flight is nowadays really possible. Or at least, it is for those who can afford to spend at least 70000 dollars for this toy, which can turn anyone into a real jet man.

Manufactured by Martin Aircraft Company, a firm based in New Zealand (in Christchurch, to be more precise), the personal Jet Pack has a power of approximately 200 HP, and weighs around 115 kgs.
Thanks to its twin engines, it is capable of covering a distance of about 45 kilometers in half an hour with a full tank load. In order to use it, there is no need to have a pilot license, all you need is the 70000 dollars on its price tag and you are ready to experiment first-hand the thrill of human flight.

The latest evolution of Jet Pack can reach a speed of approximately 90 kilometers per hour, while taking its pilot to a height of over 2400 meters above sea level. At the current stage, Martin Aircraft has just started industrial production of what should be its commercial spearhead, and the first deliveries to their well-heeled customers should take place somewhere near the end of the current year.

Obviously, Martin Aircraft’s clientele is not limited to rich clients who wish to try human flight, but most of all the New Zealand manufacturer caters to other fields: for example, rescue and first aid services, or armed forces which might use it for reconnaissance missions or recovery of wounded personnel in war zones, especially where the terrain is particularly rough and unsuitable for conventional means of transport.

An iPhone application to delete your text messages

marzo 5, 2010 Technology 1 Commento

TigerText

As anyone living on planet Earth may have heard lately, the recent gossip news about world class professional golf player Tiger Woods teach us that sometimes, forgetting to delete text messages from your mobile phone may leave tracks and evidence which may turn out very harmful for our personal life, as well as for our finances, especially for those who, like Woods himself, are sitting on a substantial fortune.

Of course, the world of telephone communication could not leave the problem unsolved, and more specifically, the world of iPhone applications has quickly found a solution, by releasing a small piece of software which can automatically delete your text messages, both incoming and outgoing.

With a slight touch of irony, this application has been christened TigerText, and it works on iPhone and iPod Touch (but in the near future there will be a release for Android and BlackBerry). By using it, one will have the possibility to send text messages which, almost like in the movie Mission Impossible, will automatically self-destruct after being read, or will be automatically deleted after a certain time lapse which can be defined by the user, ranging from one minute to a maximum of 30 days after the message has been read.

Along with deleting text messages from the phone on which it is installed, TigerText can also remove it from the receiver’s handset, provided that both users are equipped with an iPhone and that the application is installed on both of them.
When a message is removed, the text disappears and is replaces by tiger footprints. By doing this, no dangerous tracks are left on either of the phones involved.

Unfaithful wives and husbands have a new friend now, and it comes really cheap: in fact, the service costs a maximum of 2.49 dollars a month; certainly an affordable price to protect peace in your family!

A high security USB drive

marzo 4, 2010 Technology No Commenti

SuperTalent

One of the main reasons for headaches, when using USB sticks to transfer data files from one computer to the other, especially if the transported files contain sensitive or private data, is that the key may, one way or the other, end up in the wrong hands, along with the data and files that it contains, with all the possible negative consequences that one may imagine.

To protect oneself from such kind of threat, the usage of USB encrypted keys is becoming more and more widespread, while the USB drives are becoming bigger (up to 256 GB of capacity) and most importantly, much safer than before, thanks to the application of several encryption technologies, which aim at making the data inaccessible for a non authorized user.

The latest example under this point of view is coming from the encrypted drive manufactured by the Californian company Super Talent, specializing in high security data storage devices and solutions.

Their new USB drive, called SuperCrypt, is equipped with AES type hardware encryption, and thanks to the USB 3.0 standard, it ensures an extremely high operating speed, which allows for a very quick transfer of large files (for example, transferring a 600 MB movie file would not take more than 7 seconds).

This USB drive is, of course, password protected, and is available with two different encoding levels (at 128 or 256 bit), which guarantee absolute protection for the data stored on your stick. The storage capacity varies from 16 to 256 GB, with different security and speed features depending on model and capacity of your choice.

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