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Economic dependence and cheating: a study reveals a possible correlation

A few years ago, on the site of ASA (American Sociological Association) was written up an article concerning a possible correlation between economic dependence on one’s partner and a large number of cheating cases. In the article, the US sociologist Christin L. Munsch, a researcher who spent a long time …

Would you talk on a cellphone without being noticed? Now you can, with an inductive micro earpiece!

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Underwater robots, a new research in Korea

aprile 21, 2010 Technology No Commenti

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The South Korean Ministry of Transport has allocated funds amounting to approximately 18 million dollars, to be used for financing of a project aimed at development of a range of underwater robots, in various models, which hopefully could prove useful for underwater search operations or as a support for rescue of survivors in case of a shipwreck or a natural disaster.

These robots should be capable of crawling on the sea bed, at a speed of approximately 30 meters per minute, or swimming at 20 meters per minute, and will be equipped with precision cameras and audio equipment, for visual and acoustic detection of any objects of interest on the sea bed or in the water; for example, they can be used for scientific research operations or for monitoring the health and conditions of the sea and its fauna, or to dive deep below the depth that can be reached by human divers in order to locate shipwrecks or other objects being searched.

This kind of robots can show its best in case of tragic events, when a prompt deployment of rescue operators is a vital factor, and use of technology as a support may save several lives, especially if the search takes place at night time or in waters with strong currents, where the search of a wrecked ship and its passengers may take long hours, if not entire days.

Development of these robots should be carried out in two phases: the first one will be the development, before the end of 2012, of an automated vehicle capable of diving to a depth of 200 meters, while the second stage, to be completed within 2015, will be dedicated to upgrading the vehicle until it is able to reach depths of over 6 kilometers below sea level.

Mobile phone spy software

aprile 21, 2010 Technology No Commenti

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As many of you surely know, not only through this blog, basically all models of mobile phone, with all operating systems (from Symbian do Windows Mobile, from an iPhone to a BlackBerry) can be turned into a spy cell phone thanks to the installation on the handset of a small but mighty invisible software which allows a third party to remotely monitor the activity of the phone on which it is installed, without raising any suspicion, simply via SMS messages that activate or disable the software functions.

From now on, for those who are not always able to listen in real time to their target’s calls, the spy software features another functionality, which works towards an optimization of surveillance operations.

In fact, as of today, Spy Phones can record the eavesdropped calls, both incoming and outgoing, and not only: once the call is over, the recording audio file will immediately be sent to your email address, for you to comfortably listen to it at a later time, and also to gather evidence which can be used to prove a case of infidelity or corporate espionage.

The audio file is temporarily saved on the phone memory in a dynamic fashion: in fact, should the memory card be full, the software will use the phone memory, and vice versa. As soon as the message is successfully emailed to you, the audio file will be deleted, and no sign of the sent message will ever be found.

As well as others, this function (which is currently available only on Symbian phones) is enabled or disabled simply by sending an SMS with a specific code, which will then be intercepted by the spy software, and not displayed on the phone screen, thus providing maximum privacy to your surveillance operation.

A powerboat or a submarine? Both of them!

aprile 20, 2010 Technology No Commenti

Hyper Sub

For coast guard police forces which might want to add one more valuable tool to their patrolling operations, for leisure and touristic excursions, for submarine scientific research, or even for those who have money to spend and can’t choose between a motorboat or a submarine, the solutions comes as a hybrid between the two, called Hyper Sub.

We are talking about a vehicle which, on the surface of the sea, can reach a maximum speed of 40 knots with an operating range of over 500 nautical miles, and it is also capable of diving underwater all the way down to 250 meters of depth, while carrying 4 passengers plus pilot.
The inside can be configured according to a wide range of possible options, ranging from leisure use (for excursions and diving tours), to scientific research and much more.

For this reason, Hyper-Sub, manufactured in Florida by Marion, will be available in three different models, with different configurations depending on how it is going to be used. When on the surface, it is powered by a twin diesel engine, while under the water, it uses a rechargeable electric engine which can keep it submersed for up to 20 hours depending on the diving speed.

Thanks to its completely transparent canopy, in its Sport configuration, this vehicle is perfect for touristic or leisurely purposes. Other configurations, with a normal non-transparent top, make it more suitable to be used for scientific or surveillance reasons. This difference is also enhanced by the seating, more luxurious and comfortable in the Sport version.

Those who wish to know its price tag, though, will have to white, since at the moment, Marion has not yet started production and sale to the general public of its Hyper Sub.

Sim-Fi, the first SIM card with a WiFi router

aprile 20, 2010 Technology No Commenti

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Our mobile phones have literally become handheld computers, and they offer the opportunity of being constantly connected to the Net, so as not to lose contact with our work or our email, not even for a second. Now, aside from connecting to the Internet via GPRS or WiFi, they can become WiFi hotspots themselves, connecting to other wireless-enabled devices available nearby. How is this possible? Thanks to SIM-Fi, the first SIM card with built-in WiFi.

This card, manufactured by Sagem-Orga, one of the world leading producers of SIM cards, can house, in spite of its tiny size, along with the standard telephone technology, also a WiFi chip, which makes you able to use your handset as if it was a router, to connect your computer to the net even where there is no connection or no signal, and mostly to share this connection with your friends’ or colleagues’ computers.

Thanks to the WiFi signal coming from SIM-Fi enable cellphones, there is no more need for Bluetooth, and if you have the right data plan tariff, any people around you using a WLAN-enabled mobile phone will be able to use your WiFi network, without having to spend a fortune on a GPRS connection. In short, your mobile phone will be turned into a WiFi hotspot, accessible to other users simply by authenticating with the network key, or freely is the network is open.

The only actual problem is a practical one, as currently, SimFi is not yet compatible with common mobile phones as its size is a tad bigger than the standard. For this reason, it will take some cooperation from phone manufacturers, who should use bigger slots which can house both SimFi and normal SIMs.

Efficient and cheap solar cells for future clean energy

aprile 17, 2010 Technology No Commenti

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The energy that the Earth receives from the Sun in just one hour would be enough to provide power to the entire planet for a full year. All this amount of energy, clean and renewable, is not used not only because of the dependence on oil that our civilization has acquired over the years, but also because any procedure or system to harness solar power can only store a tiny fraction of the energy received, therefore they are very expensive and relatively uncommon.

For this reason, in Canada, at the Université de Québec, researchers are working on a new technology which finally allowed to create efficient and extremely cheap solar cells.

These solar cells are based on a layer of porous titanium dioxide particles, covered with a molecular dye which absorbs sunlight, basically doing the same job that chlorophyll is doing on the green leaves from our trees. Titanium dioxide is then immersed inside an electrolytic solution which is then covered with a platinum-based catalyst. In a few words, this system would work just like a normal alkaline battery, where titanium dioxide and platinum would act just like electrodes, and the electrolytic solution would be the conducting material.

Previous studies had identified some problems: the solution was extremely corrosive and dark in color, which would limit the passage of light and the efficiency, while the usage of platinum in the process was resulting in a sky-rocketing price; these problems have been solved by using a sort of gel which is transparent and non corrosive, and by replacing platinum with cobalt sulphide, a more efficient material, much less expensive to produce, which provides a much higher stability at a much lower cost.

Research makes lithium batteries live longer

aprile 17, 2010 Technology No Commenti

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No one seems to realize the strain that the batteries which power our electronic devices have to withstand, especially while our MP3 players, mobile phones and gizmos become more and more powerful and demanding in terms of power needed to operate them.

Therefore, the life of normal rechargeable lithium-ion batteries is hard, and in order to significantly improve their performance, a research team from Georgia Institute of Technology is working on a new type of electrodes, made up of silicon-based composite materials.

Currently, the batteries’ electrodes are made up of graphite, and generate an electric current by transferring lithium ions between the cathode and the anode. The silicon electrodes can transfer those ions at a speed 10 times higher, thus also increasing tenfold the battery capacity, and of course the duration of a single recharge.

The problem at this stage seems to be stability of this new type of electrodes; in fact, at each charge/discharge phase, the material in the electrodes expands and contracts. If you replace a graphite particle with one of silicon of the same size, the expansion and contraction would soon end up cracking the electrode.

Researchers are working in this direction, using nanoparticles which, along with solving this problem, allow storage of a larger amount of energy in a smaller battery, thus considerably increasing (up to 10 times, as said before) a battery’s capacity and power in the same size.

In a not so distant future, the batteries of our mobile phones, for example, might get smaller and need to be recharged only once every month or two: you will finally have no trouble when you forget your battery charger at home before leaving for your holidays!

Alzheimer patients at home? Keep them under control via GPS

aprile 16, 2010 Technology No Commenti

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Those who live the unfortunate experience of having a loved one struck by Alzheimer, know how difficult it can be to live with the effects of this cunning disease, the holes in the memory, the lapses of reason and unconscious acts that it causes in the people it targets; these patients need attention and care around the clock, to prevent them, for example, from leaving home without being aware, finding themselves in trouble to find the way back.

Fortunately, technology comes to lend us a hand, with a monitoring system that, by using GPS positioning system, helps us to locate our misplaced loved ones within a few minutes, by precisely indicating their position thanks to some sort of monitoring bracelet which uses GPS location to monitor its wearer’s position.

The GPS locator is connected to a main unit and, as soon as the patient exceeds a preset maximum distance, the unit would immediately send an alert and indicate his position, giving you the time to intervene and avoid further problems. The maximum distance can be set at different levels, according to the patient’s condition: the better their state, the more freedom of movement he or she will have.

The Trusty Bip system allows you to monitor up to 40 patients at the same time, and therefore can be used inside a hospital or treatment center, especially if there is a park where the patients may inadvertently run into trouble finding the way back to their rooms. Aside from being useful for daily care, it gives the opportunity to live with the disease in a more relaxed way, making life easier both for the patients and for those who take care about them, be it nurses, doctors or family members.

Flexible solar powered wrist displays

aprile 16, 2010 Technology No Commenti

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Technological instruments keep on getting thinner and lighter, and certainly, among those who are most likely to appreciate these characteristics and features, are soldiers and military personnel operating in war zones, who would certainly find themselves in trouble if they were to carry heavy and bulky electronic equipment along with battery packs.

For this reason, Hewlett-Packard is working on the prototype of a display, made up of flexible and lightweight material, powered by solar cells, which can be wrapped around its user’s wrist, or sewn over the uniform, and be used to display maps or operating instructions, making the soldiers’ job easier, and relieving them from having to carry up to 30 kilos of electronic material alone, not to mention the military equipment and weaponry.

These flexible displays, manufactured using the E-Ink technology, are computer screens almost entirely made up of plastic, light and flexible enough that they can be wrapped and tucked inside your backpack. This technology provides a huge step forward in cost reduction during the production process of such devices, as they can be produced in rolls, just like normal paper, and then cut according to the required size.

It is easy to appreciate the possible saving in terms of time, cost, space and logistics, especially when compared to the current chain production of normal LCD screens, of what could in a near future become the standard In computer monitor technology.

For the moment, just like in many other fields of technology, these displays are being tested in a military environment, with small screens approximately the size of a wallet. Should they prove reliable and efficient, HP would start producing them in bigger sizes, and they might pretty soon start showing up in our homes.

GPS video camera records your position and speed

aprile 16, 2010 Technology No Commenti

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Strange that no one ever thought about it before, although, considering how fast video technologies are developing, we should have expected that, sooner or later, we would end up seeing the first GPS video camera.

We are talking about a normal “action cam” type recorder, those which can be mounted on the helmet of a race car driver of a skier, to take point of view footage of car races or extreme sports activities. This type of camcorders, aside from a leisurely use, can turn out to be very useful also in the military field, or for law enforcement agencies or police, to shoot video footage of anti crime operations or combat actions, without diverting attention from the operation.

And it is from this kind of need that stems the GPS camcorder, manufactured by GoBandit, which along with the typical digital recording features and a 2Gb memory card which can be expanded up to 16 Gb, is also waterproof up to one meter of depth, and can display on screen 8as well as save on the recorded file) the geographical coordinates of its location, its altitude and the speed at which it is moving.

This feature is very useful especially in the military field, to retrace a target, a missing or wounded soldier or a point of interest at a later stage, or during rescue of survivors after a natural disaster.

The GoBandit GPSHD video recorder is also equipped with an infrared remote control, to be able to operate it even from a few meters away, and thanks to its sturdy chassis, it is particularly suitable for uncomfortable or dangerous situations, when you need to use both hands, letting the helmet-mounted camera do its job without human intervention.

GPSHD will be available in June in the US, Australia and Europe, at a retail price just below 400 dollars.

Keep your home under control thanks to the video camera alarm clock

aprile 15, 2010 Technology No Commenti

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If you are afraid that during your absence someone might sneak inside your home and steal valuable items, or you have doubts about your spouse’s faithfulness, and you want to be reassured while you are far away, maybe on holiday on the other side of the globe, so that you can relax, sleep well and enjoy your well deserved rest, now you have a solution to help you.

What at a first glance may look just like the ordinary clock that everyone has on their night table, is actually concealing a high resolution video camera on the inside, which turns this device into a real spy alarm clock, capable of recording images and sounds, and not only.

In fact, by connecting it through a WiFi router to your normal home wireless network, the video camera clock can transmit over the Internet the result of its job. In the same fashion, again over the Internet, through a simple control panel you can modify its settings according to your needs, adjusting the sensitivity levels and the activation sensor parameters.

In fact, the wireless video camera alarm clock is capable of getting started automatically, as soon as its sensor detects a movement or a sound in the room, and can immediately send its recordings online, where you can easily view them later; alternatively, you can choose to receive an immediate notification by email as soon as the video camera picks up some activity.

This way, in case of danger, you will be able to act immediately, and for example, if burglars entered your property, you can notify the police or a security provider, so that you can go back to enjoying your holiday or your business trip.

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