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Spy earpieces keep you in touch with the other side of the world, in real time

novembre 11, 2009 Technology No Commenti

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When dealing with business negotiations, two of the key factors are confidentiality and velocity of circulation of the information within a closed circle of people, in order to make sure that decisions are made quickly and with a full knowledge of the contexts and situations. Sometimes though, one may happen to need to circulate this information even outside this closed circle of people, and this must be done in an extremely discreet way.

This is exactly what happened to one of our clients, a company operating in the corporate acquisitions field. During a decisive meeting for an international negotiation, the managers of the company needed to know the subject discussed in real time. The meeting, though, had been marked as extremely confidential, with no possibility of contact with the outside world, to make sure that no prying ears, especially from fierce competitors, could hear anything and somehow interfere.

At this point, technology comes into the picture: they asked for our advice, and the person who was going abroad to join this important meeting was equipped with a wireless spy earpiece, hidden inside his ear canal, and connected via Bluetooth to a GSM watch.

This watch contains a SIM card just like the one of a normal mobile phone, and an embedded microphone. Thanks to its Bluetoothwireless earpiece connection with the , this system makes it possible to communicate with a distant third party listener in any part of the world, by means of a simple telephone call towards the SIM card’s number.

Thanks to the Bluetooth connection between GSM Watch and its invisible earphone, the outgoing signal is transmitted via the phone line towards a distant listener, while the incoming signal (the voice of the distant person) is transmitted directly to the earpiece, thus enabling its user to transmit information and receive comments and instructions, in real time and in an absolutely discreet and invisible way, while the people around him are completely unaware of what is going on.

In short, for those who are sitting in their office, thousand miles away from the place of negotiation, it will be like being there, but without being noticed. This kind of solution can also be applicable in several other fields, like for example public political debates, when a technical or scientific subject is being discussed, and the deputy or congressman may not have a specific background in this field; therefore he may need a real-time specialized consulting from a remotely connected expert.

In the case we were following, the manager went to the meeting with his foreign counterparts, well equipped with his invisible earphonespy watch duly hidden inside his ears, and with a on his wrist. By gently pushing a button, he discreetly connected himself with his colleagues, several time zones away.

The negotiation went on for a few hours and was successfully brought to a conclusion, also thanks to the possibility of sending real time information to the head office, and of receiving instructions concerning the stand to be taken, thanks to their miniature spy earpiece. Of course, after a few hours of overseas phone conversation, the mobile phone bill was severely affected, but since the deal had been closed successfully, our clients were more than happy to pay it!

An invisible plane turning into a helicopter

novembre 10, 2009 Technology No Commenti

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According to the latest news from the military supplies world, the British Ministry of Defense is looking for suppliers capable of supplying an UCAV (Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle) similar to a Stealth plane, but also equipped with rotors which make it float like a pilotless helicopter.

This prototype is to be used both in urban guerrilla warfare situations, for crime enforcement, and most of all in war zones, especially where the terrain is rough and not very safe for ground troops, such as for example the mountains and gorges in Afghanistan, where troops might be subject to ambushes while an automated plane could easily strike without any risk for personnel.

Specific requests made by the Ministry, in fact, are aimed at an optimization of results obtained by conventional (manned) planes and missiles equipped with target acquisition and pointing systems, by using new designs on UAV-type planes, both in war areas with a range of up to 900 kilometers, and in urban environment.

At the current stage, the Ministry is starting private and confidential negotiations with three industries operating in the missile, aerospace and UAV field, which will have to submit a project draft, according to requirements set, within the first months of 2010.

Among the features listed in these requirements, along with flexibility of usage that makes it possible to quickly turn the vehicle from a plane to a copter and vice versa, the possibility of being launched from board of a frigate ship at sea. The results of the development program, called
Novel Air Concept, are expected to be seen by 2015, with a first experimental operating phase.

An iPhone application to tell you why your baby is crying

novembre 10, 2009 Technology No Commenti

Baby

For those who are about to savor the joy of motherhood or fatherhood, or just had their first baby and have not figured out yet the different ways in which babies cry, depending on what they are trying to tell us, technology comes to the rescue.

Thanks to Cry Translator, an iPhone application capable of interpreting the sound of an infant’s cry, it is now possible to understand the five main reasons which drive a baby to tears: sleep, hunger, stress, annoyance or pure and simple boredom.

Cry Translator seems to be much more than one of the millions of iPhone applications available on the market, some of which are fun, while others are plain useless; in fact, it stems from a research which took place in Spain, analyzing the different sound profiles of what can be defined as a baby’s first means of communication: crying.

The five main categories of cry are universal, and transcend cultural or environmental differences which will become more obvious with growth. In the first months of his life, when the infant has not yet received a cultural imprinting, the way that, for example, an American baby has of expressing himself (or rather, of crying) will be the same as a European one, to inform us that he wants to stop playing for a while and take a nap.

For as little as 10 dollars, you can download this software developed by Biloop Technologies, and test it on your baby. We hope that after a certain period of “training” there will be no more need to ask a mobile phone, to figure out what our babies are asking us…

A micro earpiece can be used by everyone

novembre 8, 2009 Technology No Commenti

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There are objects that just a few years ago we thought that could only be seen in action or spy movies, and that have become widespread, or at least much easier to find on the electronics market, at affordable prices.

An example of this kind can surely come from wireless earpieces, that we generally see used by secret agents on the big screen, but that can instead be used for a range of applications much broader than the mere exchange of information.

Certainly, in the security and surveillance field, for a detective or a police agent on a mission, and especially in the military for Special Forces members, it is absolutely vital to stay in constant touch with an operating center or a base camp without raising suspicions in criminals or enemies.

Some earpieces are connected, generally via Bluetooth, to a GSM watch with an embedded SIM card, thus creating a real listening and transmission system which can be used to transmit information at unlimited distance. The benefits of this kind of devices, as well as of radio connected earpieces, can be reaped by students at an exam, or workforce operating on large areas such as construction sites, mines, agricultural properties or when shooting movies on the outside.

In the movie business, the actors themselves, who may forget a line every now and then, may benefit from having a distant prompter while shooting an open air scene; and the good old prompter pit used in theatres may be obsolete thanks to this advanced solution.
A bit of the old romance of theatres would be lost, but the artist will have the chance to perform at their best and the audience can only be satisfied. As you can see, progress is running fast, and is available to everyone!

There are objects that just a few years ago we thought that could only be seen in action or spy movies, and that have become widespread, or at least much easier to find on the electronics market, at affordable prices.

An example of this kind can surely come from <a href=”http://www.endoacustica.com/wireless_micro_ear_piece_mobile_phone.htm”>wireless earpieces</a>, that we generally see used by secret agents on the big screen, but that can instead be used for a range of applications much broader than the mere exchange of information.

Certainly, in the security and surveillance field, for a detective or a police agent on a mission, and especially in the military for Special Forces members, it is absolutely vital to stay in constant touch with an operating center or a base camp without raising suspicions in criminals or enemies.

Some earpieces are connected, generally via Bluetooth, to a <a href=”http://www.endoacustica.com/details_gsm-watch_kit_en.htm”>GSM watch</a> with an embedded SIM card, thus creating a real listening and transmission system which can be used to transmit information at unlimited distance. The benefits of this kind of devices, as well as of radio connected earpieces, can be reaped by students at an exam, or workforce operating on large areas such as construction sites, mines, agricultural properties or when shooting movies on the outside.

In the movie business, the actors themselves, who may forget a line every now and then, may benefit from having a distant prompter while shooting an open air scene; and the good old prompter pit used in theatres may be obsolete thanks to this advanced solution.

A bit of the old romance of theatres would be lost, but the artist will have the chance to perform at their best and the audience can only be satisfied. As you can see, progress is running fast, and is available to everyone!

Want to save on your electricity bill? Use the phone line!

novembre 8, 2009 Technology No Commenti

LED Lamp

Maybe the color does not suit all tastes, as it is only produced in a bright pink which might not go very well together with your suit and tie in formal business occasions, but certainly, albeit on a small scale, a desk lamp powered through the phone line can help you save on your electricity bill.

We are talking about a LED lamp which, instead of being connected to the normal electricity mains, can be plugged to the phone line thanks to its RJ-11 connector. The small amount of power running through the phone cables is enough to light its 8 small LEDs, and provide enough light to read a book or work on your laptop while not using up electricity.

The average duration of a LED is somewhere around 100000 hours, basically unlimited: you can use it two hours a day for the next 137 years (theoretically, of course…) or leave it on all the time for the next 12 years, and all this without adding a penny to your electricity bill!

The height of the lamp is approximately 27 centimeters, with a weight of just 74 grams, and a goose-neck flexible tube to conveniently position your lamp.
Be aware though, that should you have only one RJ-11 phone plug in your home, the LED lamp would be useless, as it can not be connected to other power sources such as a normal electricity plug or batteries (there is no battery housing at all). But after all, for a whopping 4.69 dollars, we could not ask much more than this. Or not?

Inflatable seat belts, for further protection in our cars

novembre 6, 2009 Technology No Commenti

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Conventional seat belts mounted on our cars are stretching in case of accident, preventing the passenger from colliding with inside parts of the car while reducing the force of the impact.
Ford is planning to introduce on its production models a new type of inflatable seat belts, which further reduce pressure on the chest of back seat passengers.

Thanks to these belts, in fact, the pressure caused by the impact is spread over a surface five times larger, thus avoiding shock, wounds or even deadly consequences caused by conventional seat belts. Unlike airbags, which are inflated by means of a small explosion, these belts are inflated by compressed gas, contained in a small cylinder located under the seat.

At the moment of impact, the air fills up a sort of accordion-shaped bag which expands inside the belt. The bag is inflated in a slightly slower way if compared to the burst that operates airbags, and this means that the protection given by seat belts is smoother and with less potential risks than the ones connected with usage of airbags.

During everyday use of our car, the inflatable belt works exactly like its conventional equivalent, than thanks to its thickness and softness, this padded belt gives a better comfort, especially with higher temperatures when a normal seat belt can turn into a real pain.

Inflatable seat belts will be mounted on the back seat of Ford Explorer models sold in the North American market, and over a few years will gradually be made available for markets of the rest of the world, for safer and softer traveling!

How many eavesdropped conversations can fit into a yottabyte?

novembre 6, 2009 Technology No Commenti

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In security-related environment, the word is that the US National Security Agency is about to open a new center for processing and storage of data, which can store up to several yottabytes of information.
For those among you (and your blogger is actually in the same condition) who happen not to know what a yottabyte is, this apparently weird measurement unit is the equivalent of something like a million billion gigabytes.

We are talking about monster-sized storage facilities, capable of hosting the rough equivalent of the world’s entire data capacity, multiplied by a few thousand times. This huge amount of available data storage space can be used only in one way, considering the NSA’s activities: storage of information, conversations, telephone eavesdropping, radio transmissions and so on.

What is still unclear is the means of storage that will be used to file this amount of data, what is sure that it would be too expensive, complicated and space-consuming to interconnect millions of hard drives with each other. It is also sure that nowadays, our telephone conversations are no longer to be considered 100% private, and that the potential risk of prying ears listening to what we say is always around the corner.

Therefore, along with following the simple advice of not touching sensitive subjects while on the phone, it is certainly advisable to provide yourselves with a counter surveillance anti interception system which would allow us to make our conversations more difficult to intercept, or useless for any unauthorized listener.

Unless your name is Bin Laden, if you are leading an ordinary life your private or business conversations should not be of any interest for NSA, but at least, we know that the feeling that someone may be listening is undoubtedly not a pleasant one, and feeling reassured against this threat is certainly priceless.

Invisible wind turbines will avoid confusion in the skies

novembre 4, 2009 Technology No Commenti

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Incredible as it may sound, the blades of the modern wind turbines, because of their motion, are creating problems to radar systems. In fact, it looks like standard radars encounter some difficulty when it comes to telling the movement of a small general aviation aircraft flying at low altitude, from the spinning of the blades of a turbine in a wind farm.

All this is creating some understandable risks for air traffic, especially if the wind farms are located near a sensitive area, which might be the target of a terrorist attack. The UK Ministry of Defense, in cooperation with the turbine manufacturers Vestas, is working on the development of invisible turbines which cannot be detected by normal radars thanks to the material used, similar to the outer shell of a Stealth invisible aircraft.

The project, partly funded by the UK Government, works on the integration of stealth materials on the blades of an existing wind farm. This way, the radar presence is roughly cut by 50%. At this point radars will be able to filter out any track below a certain output level, identifying wind turbines as non relevant for air traffic.

Thanks to this system, it will for example be possible to optimize air traffic management, avoiding accidents and collisions between small planes, which have always been difficult to handle for air traffic controllers. From the point of view of energy production, it will be possible to boost wind farms, by introducing new generations of towers, which generate more power, and most of all, they can do it safely and without interfering with air traffic!

A GPS navigator for surveys and projects

novembre 4, 2009 Technology No Commenti

CartoGoo

Apart from guiding us through cities that we do not know, or taking us to our destination avoiding traffic jams, GPS can do much more, especially if integrated with widely used platforms such as for example Google Earth.

An example of this kind comes from CartoGoo, a GPS navigator designed for a professional usage. CartoGoo specifically caters to fields like architecture, cartography, topography, civil engineering, and in general all those applications where surveys on location play an important role.

CartoGoo, as the name may suggest, contains an integrated Google Earth interface, and allows you to visualize the place where you currently are, in the typical formats that you can see when surfing the site.

Once you have your position on the LCD display, you can draw maps directly on the screen thanks to the stylus, import results of your surveys or export your drawings to a computer via the USB cable.

Basically, it will be like having a drawing table in your pocket, with a stylus to draw directly on-screen, and then display the result in real time on a satellite map of your location, even in three dimensions.

In fact, through a real time 3D rendering of the project, CartoGoo allows you to give an immediate evaluation of its results. Certainly, for civil engineers, cartographers, forestry specialists and administrators alike, this can be a breakthrough and a very useful tool for an instant evaluation of their work.
And all this comes in a very small size, without having to carry complicated maps and plans along, making life easier for those who work in this highly specialized field.

Movie shooting from above and aerial surveillance thanks to SARAH

novembre 3, 2009 Technology No Commenti

SARAH

Don’t be afraid, we are not talking about a very tall woman named Sarah, but rather about an unmanned helicopter manufactured by Flying-Cam, one of the giants in its field, and which goes by the acronym SARAH, that stands for Special Aerial Response Autonomous Helicopter.

Flying-Cam III E SARAH is part of the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) family, that is, small remote-controlled helicopters and planes, used to take aerial views and snapshots that are transmitted via radio, and are widely used in the military field for reconnaissance and target acquiring operations.

This particular model, besides being also useful in the aerial video surveillance field, is mostly suitable for civilian operations in the movie business, one of Flying-Cam’s specialties as they have provided such equipment for many a Hollywood blockbuster.

Specifically, we are talking about a model that is not fully autonomous, but presenting some characteristics and features which make it very user-friendly; for example, it sports several navigation, autopilot and positioning systems which allow for an automatic route programming. Also, its modular platform can house a wide variety of payloads, and be used to host video recording systems or radio transmitting cameras.

With such a setup, it can be used both to shoot video footage for movies, which is stored on a video recorder mounted on the UAV, or gather intelligence images which are transmitted in real time to a ground station, which in turn analyzes the data and extracts the necessary information.

SARAH is also capable of taking night shots thanks to its infrared sensor which makes it perfect also for night aerial surveillance of sensitive targets. With a total weight of just 25 Kgs, SARAH is the complete package for any type of aerial imaging task.

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