How to choose the best spy bugs without getting tricked

Lately searching for a valid product on the Internet has become a very difficult task. For example, in the case of spy bug transmitters or any other electronic device commonly used in the investigation field, you will note that along with those few old companies, come also across a lot …

Attention to the new gadgets of thieves

This may be the last discover of ingenious thieves who don’t hesitate to resort to the technology to hit unsuspecting victims. The news of recent months shows several cases where someone complains of being robbed, at home or in the company, after agreeing to unknowns small gadgets, deployed on the …

Protect yourself from illegal cell phone tapping!

If you are used to networking in search of easy solutions against the unauthorized phone tapping issue, you may be disappointed. Just like that, because the overwhelming problem of phone privacy, especially that one which concerns mobile network, has long since exceeded the limits, so much to induce public opinion …

The new frontier of biometric access: the body odor

The Universidad Politécnica de Madrid has added to the biometric recognition tools already on the market, another ingredient: the body odor. Identification parameter that, according to the researchers may soon be used for a reliable recognition through personal characteristics and biological properties. So we’ll be able to filter people based …

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BiKN and your Apple iPhone become a powerful device to find lost objects and even people

novembre 22, 2011 Technology No Commenti
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When we talk about Apple’s mobile devices, namely the iPhone, we know that we can find a huge variety of gadgets and cases to protect it and keep it safe. We also know that there is a software to locate your phone via GPS in the unlucky event of theft or loss. Perhaps we did not know that engineers from Treehouse Lab have designed an interesting way to keep track of everything: phone, keys, wallets.

We are speaking about an innovative system, designed specifically for those who often lose things around, either because they are careless, or because they are running into a busy life, full of unexpected events.

The new system is called BiKN, a term that is pronounced as “beacon”: just as a light it acts illuminating your life, helping you to regain everything lost (if it bears the rught tag).

But let’s step back and focus on the system, thet consists of a special case for the iPhone keeping inside a receiver that interacts with a tracking tag. On your phone, a special iOS application manages the operations, allowing you to locate up to 8 cards simultaneously. All you have to do is to stuck ‘tags’ on items that you often lose.

Your bag, key ring, camera, wallet or even your dog (putting the special ‘tag’ on the collar). But the most interestingthing regards the possibility to set a maximum distance for each item, after which an alarm on the BiKN iPhone case. In this way, busy parents shoppingin the mall will not have to worry too much when they leave their children in the playground area.

User interface is clear and intuitive. “Find” mode includes an audio and video signal meter that helps you find everything that has been lost, every item that has gone out of place. The “Leash” function activates control within exact spatial boundaries. “Page” mode will sound an alert on one or more active tags (or other devices compatible with smart BiKN), becoming very useful for  families or groups.

The special BiKN clips are designed to be easily stuck to any object, a belt, a keychain, a pocket of a jacket. Each tag is equipped with a plug that opens and reveals a micro-USB port, letting users to set and synchronize via the BiKN iPhone case every single clip. in a mall.

Once purchased the case, the USB tag can be bought with an extra charge and they have to be charged through a computer. All equipment is useful and very practical and it will be available in 2012 for Apple iPhone 4 and 4S. There is still no information about the price.

Telephone interception is already banned on Google

aprile 4, 2011 Technology No Commenti

While on Italian newspapers, forums and blogs there is a lot of talk about the bill on wiretapping that the government is attempting to pass, along with an array of other “ad personam” bills clearly aimed at defending solely the prime minister’s interests, on the web this bill seems to be already in effect, in a quiet way, without explicitly banning eavesdropping or telephone interception.

We are talking about Google, which has recently updated the list of categories of items that can not be promoted through its AdWords advertising service, in addition to the usual restrictions that prevent from advertising pornography, material which incites to racial hatred or violence, or any other illegal product or service.

A few days ago, the Italian branch of the Mountain View giant has sent a message to some of its advertisers, and more specifically those who produce or market listening devices, miniature recorders, hidden microphones, miniature cameras, listening bugs and all equipment used by law enforcement or detective agencies for their investigations against organized crime, fraud, corporate espionage or marital infidelity suspicions.

Google informs its advertisers that they have changed their advertising rules, and they no longer accept ads promoting products for espionage or wiretapping equipment.
We have already seen how, as it was the case with China, the Big G programmers have turned a blind eye to the surfers’ right to access to free information, setting up the filters that the Beijing government required to grant Google access to the world’s largest market, with its wealth of over a billion potential customers for advertisers.

In this case, we do not have (nor it is expected) a confirmation in this direction, but as the Italian long-running politician and former Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti said, “bad thoughts are a sin, but they are often right”, it is not too unlikely that the long-reaching arm of the Italian government has targeted Google and the search engine’s main source of income: advertising.

If we consider that Mediaset, the broadcasting company owned by the Prime Minister have sued YouTube (which, as you know, is owned by Google), claiming a compensation for copyright infringement over publishing of video footage from its channels, the idea of an “exchange” between the lawsuit and a ban on advertising may not sound too unrealistic.

It would be a small and invisible move, but which would make life more difficult not only for those who use listening bugs to fight crime, but also for those who work behind the scenes in this field, manufacturing the bugs that are used during interception operations.

In short, if the Parliament does not pass the bill, in Italy there is always a way to work around that annoying little thing called law, and achieve the planned bill’s main objective: cutting down on telephone wiretapping.

BEAR, a robot to rescue wounded soldiers and not only

novembre 25, 2010 Technology No Commenti

The U.S. Army researchers are working to test a new robot, designed by Vecna Robotics, which would be used to recover and rescue wounded soldiers during combat. The robot, called BEAR (Battlefield Extraction Assist Robot), can spot a soldier in trouble thanks to its sensors and its cameras.

BEAR is controlled remotely via a special glove that allows the use of simple hand gestures to operate it, to make it approach the wounded soldier, pick him up from the ground and take him as soon as possible to the nearest medical point.

The rescue robot can carry a load of about 230 kg, lifting it gently with its hydraulic “arms”. With a height of about 1.80 m, BEAR can also inspect any area behind a wall, or lift its load on a raised surface. The arms are equipped with “hands” that can carry out precision tasks, ensuring that a wounded soldier will be treated with care and not moved abruptly.

Moreover, thanks to these features, BEAR can be used not only for rescue operations, but also for reconnaissance and surveillance, to transport explosives or hazardous materials that must be handled with care, or to inspect parcels which could conceal a bomb, defuse a mine, all this without putting human lives at risk.

The simulations and tests on BEAR are going on since about a year, and also include the development of a new iGlove, the glove used to control it, which will allow for a more precise control and for the ability to send advanced instructions, for example when defusing a bomb. In addition, the future version of BEAR will have several autonomous functions, which can be carried out without human intervention.

For leisure, for business and not only: digital micro recorders

novembre 24, 2010 Technology No Commenti

Until a few years ago, the only ones to use a miniature audio recorder, of the kind with micro cassette tapes, were journalists, and many times we happened to see one only on television during an interview with a politician, a celebrity or a sportsman.

Nowadays, not only audio cassettes, but also compact discs, are obsolete audio media, and have been replaced by digital media and memory cards which provide for a much larger storage space and ease of use, all this teamed up with a much smaller encumbrance.

Thanks to this, the world of audio recording as we know it today is totally different than it was a few years ago.

Now, with devices that are small but highly powerful, yet flexible and very easy to use, the ones that use a digital voice recorder are no longer only journalists, but many other types of professionals: managers may want to use it to record an important meeting in the office; students can take notes in audio format, or simply record their teachers during a lecture; private detectives and police officers, thanks to a digital recorder which comes in microscopic size, are able to gather evidence against a criminal or an unfaithful spouse, and use them as decisive evidence before a court of law.

These of course are just a few examples, but the bottom line is that digital technology of the twenty-first century is now present in many fields, and if used in the right way, may prove useful not only at work, but also in leisurely opportunities.

To find out the various models of digital micro recorders available in the market, and their different characteristics that make them suitable for professional use, for leisure or for investigation and surveillance, we recommend that you visit the Endoacustica website to find the right model for you.

A new helmet to protect U.S. soldiers’ faces

novembre 24, 2010 Technology No Commenti

For U.S. soldiers deployed on the frontline in war zones, danger is always around the corner, in the form of an IED (Improvised Explosive Device), an ambush or a sniper. The most common effect of these threats is represented by the injuries sustained by soldiers, and of all wounds, the most dangerous ones are those which are not visible, ie those caused by head injuries or concussions.

Modern helmets provide adequate protection to the skull, but to protect the head, one often forgets that the face is exposed. To overcome these shortcomings, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are working to create some sort of shield to be applied to helmets, which by increasing the protection for the user’s face, can similarly reduce the risk of head injury.

This sort of helmet shield, has been developed by the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, by analyzing via computer simulation the different consequences on the soldiers’ skull caused by exposure to explosions without a helmet, with an ACH (Advanced Combat Helmet) or wearing one with a transparent polycarbonate shield. In the latter case, the shock at brain level was significantly lower.

So far, the test was conducted by using only one scenario, involving an explosion taking place in front of the soldier. In the future, other tests will be made, simulating explosions of varying intensity, distance and angle, so as to measure the consequences, for example, in the neck area, and find ways to provide adequate protection to that part of a soldier’s body.

Obviously, everything is still in the planning phase, and the shield is not yet in production. American soldiers at the front look forward to the day when they will be able to use it to protect their faces from enemy threats.

Defense from telephone harassment, with a voice changer

novembre 22, 2010 Technology No Commenti

Stalking is a phenomenon that we often happens to read about on papers, when we see reports about of annoying fans of actresses, singers and celebrities who follow them everywhere, harassing them by phone and in some cases even reaching extreme consequences, with attacks such as the one that claimed the life of John Lennon in 1980.

Unfortunately, however, it is only famous people who can fall victims of this kind of harassment: every day we can see news about rejected ex boyfriends who attack their ex, or they “simply” call them on the phone at any time, day and night.
To protect oneself against this kind of occurrence, there is a simple and painless way that does not even require changing your phone number or even your home address: Just change your voice!

This is made possible through the use of a voice changing device, a simple box which, when connected to your home phone or your mobile handset, works on the frequencies of the human voice, so that when you speak normally, your counterpart on the other side of the receiver will think that they are talking to someone else.

This device, in fact, can change the voice in an absolutely natural and clean way, with no metallic tones, making you sound like a man, a woman, an elderly or young person, or even a child: a great way to protect yourselves from telephone harassment, not only of this kind but also by annoying creditors or telemarketing companies, without having to hide or change your address.

To find out in detail how the voice changer works, and discover the range of available models, as well as several items for protection of your privacy, we recommend that you contact Endoacustica, an industry leader with many years of experience in the security field at your complete disposal.

Looking around corners thanks to a laser beam

novembre 22, 2010 Technology No Commenti

To many of you, the term femto-photography will sound quite strange and meaningless, and to be honest, even your humble blogger had never heard it before, or at least, before an article appeared on the BBC defining it as a form of photography that uses the speed of light to create so-called “light echoes” and use them to photograph objects hidden from direct view, for example behind a corner.

According to this principle, the light that shines on an object and defines its shape can “bounce” around it, and based on this idea, a research group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has created a kind of laser camera that using high-intensity and short-wave frequency laser beams, can manage to capture this light.

In this way, the camera is capable of discerning the shape of an object outside its direct viewing field, using a wall or door as a kind of “billiard bank” to get a view that its creators dubbed as similar to that of X-rays, but without radiation.

The technology that makes this possible is based on a laser that can fire a laser beam in pulses that last only a quadrillionth of a second, flooding the scene with light particles that start bouncing around the room or environment that you are trying to view.

By collecting these fragments of light that bounces off the walls, it is therefore possible to rebuild, at least in part, the image of what is inside the room without having a direct view; once the right way is found to obtain the whole image, the system could be used for example for fire rescue operations, or on a smaller scale, for endoscopic surgery.

It looks like a phone outlet, but it is a bug

novembre 20, 2010 Technology No Commenti

As we have seen in dozens of spy movies, when a secret agent or a police officer wants to intercept phone calls of a suspect or an enemy spy, one of the most common tricks is to pose as a telephone company worker, or an electrician, and sneak into their target’s apartment or lobby for a supposed “repair” that only serves the purpose of planting a bug or a hidden microphone.

Nowadays, if on hand, for mobile phone interception it is not always necessary to be physically near the phone itself, but all it takes is the right equipment to pick up the conversation through the airwaves, for interception on landlines, you still need to resort to tricks like the ones seen in movies to plant a transmitter on the telephone line wires or inside the home handset.

In this sense, the use of a telephone bugging device concealed, for example, on the phone jack, allows you to listen to conversations taking place on all phones that use that line, and through its small UHF transmitter hidden inside the outlet, to transmit the intelligence via radio to a listener stationed at a safe distance and with a suitable receiver.

The UHF transmitter, among other things, is powered directly from the small electricity flow running through the phone line, so there is no need to change batteries or worry that they may run out.

For more details on the various types of phone bugs on the market, and to find the one that best suits your needs in the audio surveillance field, you can visit the Endoacustica website, and contact our consultants who will surely help you choose the right tool for you.

No annoying cell phones, thanks to a handkerchief

novembre 20, 2010 Technology No Commenti

For once, since it’s Friday and the weekend is coming, we want to allow us a little “light” diversion, talking about an item which, more than having a true utility function, has a “diplomatic” one, so to speak.

It is called Phone Kerchief, and it basically is, yes, a handkerchief that you can use to cover your phone. Thanks to the particular material of which it is made up of, the tissue is able to block the phone signal, preventing it from working and allowing its user to devote full attention to their counterparts or to an important meeting.

As a further sign of courtesy, the Phone Kerchief also has a small embroidery that reads “My phone is off for you“, which the wearer can use to communicate to the person in front of them that their conversation is more important than any incoming phone call.

Of course, the first thing that might come to anyone’s mind ask is that maybe, instead of spending $60 for a handkerchief in shielding material, it may be wiser to save a few bucks and turn off the phone with a simple gesture, but you know, marketing’s ways are not always so rational…

If you need to block all mobile traffic within a certain environment, such as a conference room during a meeting or a private negotiation, then it is surely wiser to use a much more advanced, although less “diplomatic”, technological support such as a jammer, which can block incoming calls as well as outgoing; a jammer is certainly much safer and more effective than the use of a simple handkerchief, and it also prevents prying ears from hearing the contents of your conversations.

Laser microphone for remote listening

novembre 18, 2010 Technology No Commenti

As we have seen in a recent article, law enforcement officers working on investigation activities do not always have the chance to come close to their suspects to gather information, install miniature cameras or bugs to eavesdrop on conversations and so forth, to avoid putting their own safety at risk, or jeopardizing the whole operation.

To avoid taking unnecessary risks, but still be able to intercept conversations that take place in a closed room, there are alternatives provided by modern surveillance technology, for example such as laser microphones.

A laser microphone, as the name suggests, uses an invisible laser beam that is pointed at a window glass, up to a maximum distance of more than a mile. This beam is able to “read” the vibrations of the glass itself, vibrations caused by sounds and voices coming from the room and behind the window.

The laser beam reflected on the glass, is subsequently picked up by a receiver located at the right angle to meet the reflection. The receiver, combined with a decoding system, is able to convert the laser pulses, as influenced by the vibrations on the glass, into sounds and voices, with great clarity of sound, so that you can listen to them in absolute security, and determine what happens behind that window.

The use of this technology by law enforcement has proved most useful in investigations on organized crime, and operators gave a positive feedback on it, mainly because it makes operating conditions much safer.
To learn more about laser microphones, you can visit the Endoacustica website and contact our experts in the field of video and audio surveillance.

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