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A mobile phone controlled camera to keep your pets under control

maggio 22, 2010 Technology No Commenti

Many of us, and in particular those who have a dog or a cat at home, may be worried that, during their absence on a working day, their little friend might end up in trouble or cause some small (or big!) accident in the house, because of the curious and playful nature that makes us love our four-legged friends so much.

To meet this kind of needs, the latest novelty comes, needless to say, from Japan, a country where the love for pets goes together with that for technological innovation. In fact, the Japanese factory SoftBank has just launched on the market its Mimamori, a remote monitoring system which allows its users to see in real time what is going on at home, and to do it comfortably on their cellphone (of course, for those who have a video call-enabled handset and provider).

The camera is mounted inside a small dome, which vaguely resembles the R2D2 robot character from the Star Wars movies; the viewer can move within a range of just 35 degrees to the left or right, tilt 40 degrees upwards and 5 degrees down. By placing Mimamori in a corner, you should easily be able to cover an entire room with ease.

By sending a simple SMS from your cellphone, Mimamori will immediately take a snapshot, and send it right away back as a reply to your message. Also, its motion sensor allows it to automatically take pictures whenever it detects something, like for example a dog or a cat, within its operating range; the embedded Micro SD memory card allows for saving of the image stills, which can then be downloaded on your PC..

The price of this small Japan-made video camera has not been disclosed yet, therefore we will have to wait until September, when it is scheduled for launch on the Japanese market.

Boeing to launch its unmanned invisible Phantom Ray aircraft

maggio 22, 2010 Technology No Commenti

After a development phase which lasted a mere two years (a really short time in this particular field), Boeing has just introduced its Phantom Ray, a new unmanned aircraft or UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) which brings together a variety of elements which make it one of a kind.

In fact, thanks to its video and imaging systems, and integrated satellite positioning, it can be used to gather information and intelligence from the sky, as well as for surveillance and enemy target reconnaissance operations. Furthermore, Phantom Ray can be equipped with conventional weaponry to attack targets on the ground, and can transmit radio waves in order to scramble enemy defense systems.

All of the above is combined with a Stealth type design, which makes it invisible for enemy radars, allowing it to fly undisturbed even at very long range, thanks to the possibility of using in-flight refueling.

Phantom ray has a wingspan of approximately 15 meters, and a length around 11, and has been developed by Boeing Phantom Works, a division of the Seattle giant dedicated to development of invisible aerial vehicles, and is based on a system which was created around 10 years ago for the J-UCAS (Joint Unmanned Combat Air System) in cooperation between the US navy and the US Air Force.

After the first test runs, which are supposed to take place during this summer, the Phantom Ray plane should start taking off before the end of the year, with the aim of becoming one of the standards in this particular field of military avionics, further increasing the automation of combat systems, thus increasing security (and diminishing risk) for ground personnel.

Your Spy Phone software? Check it carefully

maggio 11, 2010 Technology No Commenti

The ever increasing availability of diverse mobile phones on the market, with new and apparently incompatible operating systems, can sometimes end up creating small problems, for example when you are trying to export the data contained on your old phone towards a new one which works under a different platform.

As well, in the phone surveillance field, using a spy software for the different operating systems you can find on our common mobile phones, such as Symbian or Windows Mobile, or on phones with a proprietary system such as Blackberry or iPhone, might create problems if the management software of your spy cellphone is purchased from non certified or non reliable dealers, or if you are using an off-the shelf low cost product.

This kind of software, once it is installed on the spy handset used by the person you want to keep under surveillance, might create some problems in terms of stability, or function in an incomplete or unpredictable fashion, with the danger of raising suspicions or, ultimately, to thwart an entire surveillance operation which went on for months.

For example, a spy software can send you a copy of each text message, both incoming and outgoing, without leaving any trace on the phone on which it is installed. A low quality product might leave some sign, for example in the history of sent messages, and its user would have the opportunity to smell something fishy with his phone, and would start asking himself questions on what’s really going on.

In other situations, a software that has not specifically been tailored on your handset model might encounter some malfunctions, such as for example a sudden reset or power off, which might take place just when we are secretly in the middle of listening to an important conversation, which would then get lost.

The list of problems created by this kind of low cost software tools might go on forever, but the worst of all is that, when you find yourselves in this kind of situation and your phone starts acting weird, the reseller from whom you purchased it might easily blame any trouble on the phone manufacturer, leaving you with a useless product, which might have set you back a small fortune.

This kind of resellers can generally be contacted only via a website, an email address or via Skype (if only they were ever online…). On the contrary, those who have an urgent need in the surveillance field, need not only to be able to constantly monitor actions and conversations of the person under control, be it a family member, an employee or a business partner, but also to be able to get in touch at any possible time with the product supplier.

In such situations, it is absolutely mandatory to consult someone who not only gives you a virtual address, but first and foremost, a phone hotline you can reach almost anytime, and a real address that you can visit if you are around, where you will be able to find experts at your disposal to give you the suitable advice for your needs, because when we are talking about telephone surveillance, protection of your privacy and your security and so on, the issue is not saving money, but rather spending it well!

A small surveillance helicopter against pirates

maggio 10, 2010 Technology No Commenti

The Canadian aerospace industry Bombardier, more popular for its small to medium sized passenger aircraft, has decided to venture into the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) arena, with the prototype of an unmanned helicopter designed to be used as a protection against a possible pirate attack against private or commercial vessels.

Crows Nest, as it is named, sports a relatively small size (only 30 x 60 centimeters) but in spite of this, it is equipped with a high definition color video camera, with one in black and white to be used in low lighting conditions, and with a thermal infrared camera which can detect objects within its operating range by the heat they release (for example from the engine).

On top of all this, it is equipped with a GPS positioning system which allows to stay constantly in touch with the mother boat and operate around it. By flying circles around the boat, it creates a perimeter which is kept under constant surveillance, and as soon as it detects the movement of an object big enough to be considered as a possible threat for the vessel and the people on it, it will immediately inform them by sending an alarm on board, allowing everyone to get ready for a confrontation, or for an escape towards a safe harbor.

In times when pirates are taking advantage of modern technologies and techniques, and attack in swarms with light speedboats, it is important to be prepared and adopt a suitable defense system. Of course, the Crows Nest micro helicopter can also be used to defend sensitive targets on the mainland, for example by monitoring the territory around your home, especially for those who live in a villa with a large park around it and want to protect themselves against unwanted guests, not only pirates at sea, but also those swarming the city seas!

Video recorder glasses

maggio 10, 2010 Technology No Commenti

For those who would like to shoot video footage of what they are seeing, either for leisure or for many different professional reasons, but is not capable of using a normal video camera as this would mean diverting their attention from other tasks, or simply because they would need to avoid making other people aware that their actions are being recorded, video technology lends a hand.

How is this possible? Thanks to the usage of special video camera glasses. At a first glance, no one will be able to notice or suspect that, inside what looks like your ordinary pair of glasses, you are concealing a miniature video camera, with an equally tiny video recording system and an embedded memory card, with a 4 Gb capacity on which you will be able to save hour and hours of invisibly shot footage.

Possibilities of use of such a small video recording system are practically countless: in origin, these glasses with camera were designed to be used by police forces and law enforcement agencies for covert operations, for example such as evidence and intelligence gathering, or identification of dangerous criminals. Of course though, its extremely small size makes it suitable also in a wide range of completely different applications.

For example, you can put these video recording glasses to good use, to shoot videos of a bicycle or motorcycle trip, or a downhill ski race, or maybe just to play a “candid camera” trick on your friends. Alternatively, they can find possibilities of applications even in your office, for example to film an important meeting.

To obtain more information about the several types of video recorder glasses available for you, and advice on the best way to use them, we recommend that you visit the Endoacustica website.

Unmanned helicopters for resupply of troops behind enemy lines

maggio 9, 2010 Technology No Commenti

Lockheed Martin has just finished a test run on a K-Max cargo helicopter, which has been transformed into an unmanned helicopter, capable of carrying loads which are then dropped, with a parachute, in order to resupply troops behind enemy lines or in rough terrain areas, with ammunition or equipment.

Thanks to a carousel with four hooks, this unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is capable of reaching different destinations over the course of a single mission, with up to four airdrops within a single trip, thus optimizing resources and allowing to save precious time and money.

The development of this unmanned vehicle is being taken care of, in cooperation with US Army, by Lockheed Martin and Kaman; the latter’s Connecticut airfield has witnessed the first operating tests. Thanks to mission management and control systems supplied by Lockheed Martin, the operating range of these helicopters, currently deployed in Afghanistan, can be stretched forward.

In fact, their load capacity can reach up to 3000 kilos, with a maximum height of approximately 5000 meters. Just to have an idea, Boeing’s Hummingbird UAV, lately mentioned on these pages, can only carry up to 1200 kilos of equipment, and on a single drop.

Thanks to its wide operating range, and to the ability to fly autonomously at long distances and in harsh environment, it will be possible to user K-Max both during the day and by night, exploiting its bulky load and the airdrop functions to minimize risks both for troops on the ground and for the vehicle itself.

Your mobile phone might see in the dark

maggio 9, 2010 Technology No Commenti

Well, not yet to be honest… but a team of researchers from the University of Florida is working on a research project aimed at the development of a system which might ensure that video and photo cameras mounted on our ordinary cellphones could work much better in conditions of low lighting.

This system consists of a thin layer of film, containing LEDs, which could be applied not only to the camera viewer and display of a phone, but also find several applications for personal use and for security on the road.

For example, just think of how much we could benefit from having this film used on the windshield of our car, or on our glasses: a dramatic decrease of car accidents in low illumination conditions, and an improvement of living conditions for the visually impaired or for anyone having problems with night vision.

At the time, night vision systems are using a huge amount of electricity, and heavy glass lenses; this makes their usability in everyday conditions quite limited. On the contrary, using a LED film like the one that Florida researchers are working on, would reduce weight and encumbrance of any night vision equipment, making it available not only for personal use like in the examples above, but most of all in the military field, dramatically improving maneuverability in the current infrared night vision systems.

The research project should provide results within just 18 months, meaning that within a couple of years we might be seeing mobile phones that can be used as infrared cameras; with an improvement, this technology might be used also to detect and measure heat, making it very useful in the military, where it can be employed to detect enemies in the dark thanks to their body heat, or even at home, where we could just place our phone on our forehead for a while to measure… fever!

Secure deletion, to protect your sensitive data

aprile 29, 2010 Technology No Commenti

Eraser

Whoever, during the course of his everyday job, must deal with sensitive or confidential information, such as for example credit card numbers, personal details, commercial or contractual information, knows very well that this data must be handles with the utmost care.
What often one may not know is that even though you delete this information, it is not completely erased from the memory of your computer, and might (inadvertently or not) be retrieved by third parties whose intentions may not always be honest.

Another potentially risky situation may originate from dismissed hard disk or magnetic storage supports, which are installed on a new computer or passed on to a colleague, and that may contain data, even if you think you have deleted it; this data may inadvertently circulate outside your office or organization, with unpleasant consequences.

To protect ourselves against these occurrences, we must use an appropriate secure deletion system. Before being able to reuse a magnetic storage means like a hard disk, it is advisable to perform some actions that can erase completely the stored data, making it impossible to be recovered or rebuilt at a later stage.

To do so, there is a device called HD Eraser, a machine which emits a strong local electromagnetic field. Just place the support you wish to erase (hard or floppy drive, audio or video cassette) on one side of the device, press the start button, and within a few seconds your hard drive will be completely demagnetized, and all data previously stored will be impossible to retrieve and use.

This kind of device is particularly recommended for public administration and for financial institutions. For more information on safe deletion and protection of your sensitive data, we recommend that you visit the Endoacustica website.

A bulletproof T-shirt? Nice and easy

aprile 29, 2010 Technology No Commenti

Bullet

Generally, when talking about bulletproof vests, the first thing that comes to our minds is certainly not a comfortable feeling. Usually, protection has a price, and often this price is paid in terms of comfort, wearing heavy armors that protect us from potential dangers but make it hard to move easily without sweating heavily.

In the future, all this could become a distant memory thanks to a research project from the University of South Carolina, which could make life much easier for those who have to wear a bulletproof vest, for example soldiers, police agents or personalities who might be exposed to terrorist or enemy threats.

In fact, scientists took a normal T-shirt, dipped it into a solution based on boron carbide, an extremely resistant ceramic material (it is the third most resistant on Earth) used in the production of bulletproof jackets. The result is a T-shirt that only at first glance looks like any other, but actually is a real armor, with the non marginal advantage of being lightweight and flexible.

Once it is immersed in this solution, the T-shirt is placed in an oven and heated, turning cotton fibers in carbon fibers. This transformation triggers a reaction which produces boron carbide. The fabric obtained is just a bit thicker than a normal one, but it is flexible and can easily be bent, unlike the standard type bulletproof vests used by police and military forces.

Furthermore, and this is particularly important for the military deployed in sunny areas such as Iraq, this fabric is also acting as an UV filter, protecting from harmful sun radiation. In the future, soldiers and police forces might be still protected, but while moving freely and without sweating, and the fabric might also be used for vehicle armors, much lighter than those currently in use.

Leica to present its first GPS digital camera

aprile 29, 2010 Technology No Commenti

Leica

Leica has just announced the worldwide market launch of its V-Lux 20, a compact digital camera which, along with the usual characteristics of reliability and extreme precision which one can expect from anything manufactured by the German giant, sports a new feature which makes it the first standard type photo camera equipped with GPS positioning system.

A few days ago, we mentioned a GPS photo camera, suitable for extreme sports and leisure activities thanks to its protective outer shell. This one from Leica, at a first glance, looks like a normal camera, with a 12.1 megapixel processor, a 12x optical zoom, a 3” display and a plethora of functions which ensure a perfect shot and image quality.

Each time it takes a snapshot, along with the image it also records the exact geographical coordinates of the place depicted, in order to provide its user with absolute precision in managing their image library. For example, thanks to the automatic GPS data storage, you can load the images on your social network album, and this data will automatically be added to the picture information, automatically indicating the shot location.

With these characteristics, it can be a very useful tool not only to show your friends where exactly you spent your holidays (literally!), but mostly for a professional use, for example for geographical data collection for scientific or industrial usage.

On top of that, thanks to its small size, Leica V-Lux 20 (available at approximately 700 dollars) might be a travel companion for agents carrying out a surveillance operation or gathering intelligence data, adding a further level of detail by revealing the exact geographical location of a target or of the place where information is stored.

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