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Speeding drivers may escape fines thanks to their Nokia phone

dicembre 3, 2009 Technology No Commenti


If your behavior on the wheel tends to be as respectful as possible of driving rules, you most probably will not need to read any longer. But if, on the contrary, you like to push on the gas every now and then (without excesses, of course), you might think that the newest Nokia smartphone application just released by Road Pilot was made just for you.

It is a software for speed radar detection, to be downloaded from Nokia Ovi Store, and that is free to use until end of February 2010. At the end of the promotional offer, you will have to subscribe to the service for a not yet disclosed monthly fee.

This service is active on Nokia phones equipped with GPS navigation system, and allows drivers to be alerted in real time about any fixed radar speed detectors on their way, and also to send a real-time alert to fellow users driving nearby, to inform them about mobile radar stations manned by traffic police.

Basically it is a modern version of the old unwritten rule of flashing your headlights at drivers coming in the opposite direction, warning them to slow down because the heat is on. At the current stage, this system is compatible only with a dozen of Nokia models, but the manufacturers are planning to release versions compatible with other phones, from iPhone to BlackBerry, as well as GPS-equipped Sony Ericsson and Samsung models.

Personally, I prefer respecting the limits as much as I can, but for those who prefer pushing a bit more on the gas, this system could help doing it without risking of being caught. In my humble opinion, though, I would not call it a contribution to safety on the roads…

Protection from interception, a modern need

dicembre 3, 2009 Technology No Commenti


On Italian newspapers today, wide coverage was given to the news that Carlo De Benedetti, editor of the centre-left newspaper La Repubblica, since long taking a stance on opposite positions compared to the Prime Minister Berlusconi, has found out that some hidden bugs had been planted on his car, with the obvious intention of eavesdropping his conversations during his journeys.

This shows that the political arena in Italy is getting increasingly dirty, and most of all serves as a warning to those who wish to keep their conversations private. Nowadays, in fact, privacy has turned into a value to be protected at all costs, especially for the powers that be or for those, like De Benedetti, who find themselves keeping an opposite stance to those powers.

Therefore, to keep your privacy both in your office and during your way from home to work or your business journeys, it is certainly useful that among other precautions, you also provide yourselves with an interception protection system, which accurately monitors the environment around it, simply by flooding it with a range of radio waves.

Thanks to such detection systems, it is possible to find hidden transmitters operating on a wide range of radio frequencies (for example between 1 MHz and 6 GHz), either hidden in a car or in your offices, or even buried inside a concrete wall.
There are also some detectors capable of revealing the presence of a GSM transmitter which uses the telephone network instead of airwaves.

Certainly, due to his position and visibility, De Benedetti might be equipped with such systems, and they were certainly useful to thwart this intrusion of his privacy, probably orchestrated by political rivals. But those among us who need to protect their personal and business affairs from dangerous prying ears and eyes, can certainly find comfort in a bug sweeping system, specifically tailored on his needs.

Flexible antennas, a future solution for telecommunications?

dicembre 2, 2009 Technology No Commenti


Since years, our mobile phones are no longer sporting those ugly extendable antennas, that needed to be spread out each time you answered the phone, and that had a hard (and often short) life. Nowadays, antennas are concealed within the casing of our phones, and soon we might see, in this field as well as in others, liquid metal flexible antennas.

Those flexible antennas, manufactured with an alloy of indium and gallium which stays in a liquid state, are the subject of a North Carolina State University research.
The alloy is injected inside extremely thin channels, the size of a hair. Once it is in, it forms some sort of skin which holds the alloy in place and allows it to remain liquid.

Thanks to this, antennas are extremely flexible, and since an antenna’s frequency is influenced by its shape, shortening or lengthening them means changing their receiving properties according to one’s need. Along with this feature, which makes it useful for devices already on the market, its high durability makes it ideal for applications where sturdiness is a must, for example in the military field or to monitor the condition of civilian installations such as skyscrapers or bridges.

For example, as we know, bridges stretch and expand with wind, temperature changes or the weight of passing cars. By inserting such an antenna in the right position, it would change its shape according to these factors, and would provide useful information on the bridge’s health.

Currently, the high cost of the gallium-indium alloy makes it possible to foresee its use for this kind of installations, but in a near future we might be able to see them inside our mobile phones or GPS positioning systems.

Invisible earpieces, for the secret agent in each one of us

dicembre 2, 2009 Technology No Commenti


Micro earpieces equipped with Bluetooth are now so small that they can easily be placed in their users’ ear canal, in order to guarantee invisible communication through any Bluetooth mobile phone or a radio.

A spy earphone is a passive type magnet, which receives the audio signal via a transceiver placed on a bracelet or a necklace, or simply hidden in the front pocket of your jacket.

Most of these earpieces are equipped with an equally small microphone, which can be concealed in the clothes you are wearing, in order to pick up the sounds around it and transmit them via radio to a distant listener.

The listener can be even on the other side of the world, if the earpiece and the microphone are teamed up with a GSM watch, that, is, a device which at a first sight looks like a normal watch (and works as such) but conceals a SIM card, just like the one of your ordinary cellphone, on the inside.

Thanks to the Bluetooth connection among different elements of the system, any sounds picked up by the hidden microphone can be transmitted via phone, and in the same fashion you can discreetly and invisibly receive information and instructions, directly on your earpiece.

Thanks to it, agents on a covert mission, police forces in an operation against crime, but even university students struggling with an exam, can stay in touch with a distant listener, who along with being able to hear in real time what goes on, will also be able to provide useful directions, information or news to achieve success of your operation, be it the hunt for a criminal or a tough exam.

Listen to the Caller before answering the call

dicembre 2, 2009 Technology No Commenti

Caller listening identification
“Come on. We are actually giving them supply order at much lower rate. Actually market rate is too high… no firm is ready to supply at these prices.

But then, who cares! Once we stuck a deal with them, let them suffer loses and go to hell, if they want… Ha! Ha! Ha!”

Mr. Foster was astonished to hear that conversation. It turned out to be warning for him before he could actually finalise the deal. This morning when he saw the other firm’s number on his caller ID panel, he was happy that he was pushing forward his business.

Mr. Foster had set up cemented bricks manufacturing firm a year ago. He was a new entrant in this field but did market research before jumping into the business. He started getting enough orders, but was looking for a deal with a major construction company, so that orders get flowing continuously. So he was ready to supply brick to this firm at reduced rate in order to earn goodwill and establish long association.

But, it seems that the motive was different at the other end. Mr. Foster knew how to reply. It saved him a lot of trouble and possible loss from the deal.

He thanked Simul-Tel, a Caller Listening Identification System. This small device enables to listen to voice or comments of the caller before actually answering the call. Surprised? Well that’s the expertise of Endoacustica Europe, a technology firm with spy listening and monitoring solutions.

A robot to inspect gas and water pipes

dicembre 1, 2009 Technology No Commenti

Pipe Robot

Too often, small accidents at home or at work turn into real disasters, with a catastrophic outcome, because of water or gas pipes that are too old, damaged or worn out, which may have leaks invisible even to the most accurate of inspections. This kind of leak, in case of an accident, may turn out lethal.

In order to inspect metal pipes, the Tokyo University of Electro Communications has created a robot for pipe inspection, which can easily move inside metallic tubes with a diameter of at least 10 centimeters, by simply using a magnet to remain stuck to the pipe’s walls.

Aside from the magnet, it is also equipped with a digital camera, a battery and a LED light. Thanks to this equipment, the robot is capable of moving on four small wheels within the pipe, of illuminating it with its light and using a connection cable to transmit the images towards a personal computer, from where the entire inspection operation is monitored.

The initial prototype created by Japanese researchers can be controlled remotely, and the vibrations created by the magnet, which moves like a pendulum, keep the robot stuck to the inside of the pipe, and allow it to move freely, even vertically.

Its small size (11 cm in length, with a width and height of 8 cm) makes it suitable for most gas and water pipes, thus eliminating the need of digging or breaking into a wall, as the robot can be inserted into the pipe at any point, connected to the computer and you are ready to go, without additional costs or uncomfortable working conditions during the inspection of your pipes.

Hydrogen fuel cell UAV breaks endurance record

dicembre 1, 2009 Technology No Commenti

Ion Tiger

The US Navy Naval Research Laboratory has just completed the test of a new kind of UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) which, thanks to a battery powered by hydrogen, has been able to fly for 26 full hours without any interruption, while carrying a small payload weighing approximately 2 kg.

The Ion Tiger vehicle, apart from using a hydrogen cell as a high-energy fuel, also relies on al electric propulsion system, which guarantees a complete absence of noise during its operations. The system’s total weight is approximately 17 kg, and it can carry a payload of up to 2.5 kg. Its hydrogen fuel cell provides approximately 550 Watt power, which is around 7 times the energy supplied by a conventional battery of the same weight.

Aside from low energy consumption, the possibility of operating silently makes it perfect for applications which require flexibility and quick operation, and most of all, extreme confidentiality. Thanks to these characteristics, the Ion Tiger unmanned vehicle is perfect for aerial video surveillance operations, even in long range.

The result achieved by Ion Tiger, with a continuous flight time of 26 hours and 1 minute, breaks the previous record, held by the same vehicle, which during an unofficial flight was in the air for 23 hours and 17 minutes.
Furthermore, this record almost triples the result obtained by the hybrid-powered SUAV (Small Unmanned Aerial vehicle) Puma, which only one year and a half ago flew for 9 hours; Ion Tiger’s achievement also functions as an indicator of the huge potential of hydrogen fuel cell power for this kind of vehicles, which can be used in several fields such as security, aerial reconnaissance or scientific aerial photography.

Exploding mines and Peaceful Mind

dicembre 1, 2009 Technology No Commenti

Unlimited GSM transmitter

Mines were exploding and Mr. Hardweister was smiling happily. He was in-charge of a major construction activity that, when completed, would change the traffic scenario of the city.

Though the city housed only 3 million people, I couldn’t contain the vehicles flooding and choking the Grant Road that linked city to the industrial hub and airport. But this life line of the city was choking. It was unable to carry the influx of vehicles especially during office hours. Almost every commuter was troubled by the chaos and lost productive hours in transit.

Mr. Hardweister was working on the solution – Modern Link Road! It was to be constructed by digging across a rocky mountain that stood opposite to the airport. He had to travel several times between the city office and the worksite. And that was his point of worry. He was sure that the workers will perform in his presence, but what after he departs for the city office? The worry made him restless as the project had strict deadline to follow.

He has always been a solution seeker, so it hardly took him any time to decide what he wanted. He took resort to a device called Infinity GSM Triband, an Unlimited GSM Transmitter. It utilized SIM to access across any GSM network. By dialing the number it allowed to listen sound or voice in the background from anywhere in the world.

Now, Mr. Hardweister could anytime listen to the mines exploding!

GSM Bugs

novembre 30, 2009 Technology No Commenti


Long distance listening devices have reached such a level of miniaturization, versatility and reliability that allows anyone who needs to use them to find the right type for his needs, be it law enforcement agencies hunting for criminals, concerned husbands wishing to check on their wives’ fidelity, or businessmen who need to keep a watchful eye over their staff.

To be always able to keep under control the subject of surveillance, whatever the distance between him and the person who is monitoring him, the best solution is using a GSM bug, that is, a hidden microphone, powered either by a battery or by continuous or alternate current, connected to a SIM card just like the one of our common mobile phone.

Thanks to this ingenious system, it is possible to follow your subject anywhere he goes, without risking to screw up the entire surveillance operation by arising unnecessary attention, as it will be possible to stay in constant touch with a simple phone call towards the number connected to the covert listening device.

To be sure about the operation’s efficiency, most of the GSM bugs are equipped with an automated activation sensor which allows to detect a voice, a motion or, if installed inside a car, can detect when the vehicle is switched on. Once an event is detected, the bug will automatically call you towards a preset number to inform you that the person under control is moving or talking, and allow you to listen in.

GSM listening devices can be remotely controlled and configured; in fact, by sending a simple SMS, you can set the number that controls the hidden microphone, as well as sensor sensitivity parameters, or even reset the whole device, in order to optimize your surveillance operation and sleep tight!.

For more information on any kind of listening devices, as well as on a wide range of security and surveillance-related items, you can visit the Endoacustica website.

Bug in the Line

novembre 29, 2009 Technology No Commenti

Bug in the Line

Mr. Mittal couldn’t wait for long to tell his friend and entrepreneur Mr. Maitra about how he plugged the hole in the office telephone line that drained his accounts. Amidst the hustle bustle of weekend party thrown by one of his associates, he cornered Mr. Maitra, a CEO of leading switchgear firm.

Mr. Maitra couldn’t believe his story. How can a device such small in size can do wonders like monitoring even the smallest of noise and conversation in a hall of 12sqm? And that too, with crystal like clarity! And more seriously, are there any such ‘drainers’ in his office? There was no open way to find out. The only solution was to implant some spywares that monitored activity especially communication.

He visited Mr. Mittals office the next day and came out with awe. He wanted similar system installed at his office as well. He immediately called engineers from Endoacustica Europe that deals in various spy listening devices. He was surprised to know about the wide range efficient products that were worth investing into. Just to get a trial he got UHF Telephone Bug installed in his office.

In fact, installation is too big an activity to name. He only had to change old telephone socket with the new one that contained hidden UHF Telephone Bug. It’s that very simple! It utilized power supply directly from the telephone line.

The effects of this device were visible on Mr. Maitra’s face! And for the next party, he was ready with a story!


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