Deads alive…in the memory with the QR code

settembre 26, 2012 Technology No Commenti

Companion of every moment of daily life, the technology doesn’t abandon us even after the death.

The idea comes from England by Stephen Nimmo, director of the funeral home “Chester Pearce” di Poole, that he thought to enclose the memory of the dead in QR Code (Quick Responses Code).
Invented in 1994 in Japan and circulated with ever-increasing frequency since 2005 with various uses and purposes, the QR Code are a special two-dimensional bar codes that contain within them information intended to be read through the use of a smartphone or other device able to interact with the modules of the square.

The code, place on the gravestone, when is scanned, connect the phone to a web page containing the biography, the pictures and even videos of the deceased.
Friends and close relatives, with passwords, can insert themselves contents and comments, making the memory of the their beloved, interactive and very social.
Those who subscribe the service can create a simple website, with few essential informations, or make it rich and meaningful.
In future, it may become a useful help to try to reconstruct own family tree.

The new system is designed to make known to those who visit the cemetery not only the name, the age and the date of death of who are buried, but a large quantity of informations. QR Codes are engraved on a small plate of granite or metal and then embedded or glued on the gravestones, monuments and commemorative plaques placed on the benches.

The service can cost up to £ 300, in addition to £ 95 for the creation and the hosting (unlimited) of the personal website.

The contents can really be infinite: movies of farewell or greeting, links to Facebook profile, writings and wills. In a not too distant future, it’s thought to a version in augmented reality, “live” thanks to an hologram of the deceased.

Technology doesn’t know more limits: see through the walls, open locks with our eyes and make revive the loved deceased, until not so long ago, were possibilities related only to the science fiction. It’s in any case essential use properly the new inventions that can help us, especially in the fields of surveillance and security.

One second to identify a person: the new FBI system

settembre 24, 2012 Biotechnology No Commenti

Its name is NGI, Next Generation Identification, the ultra-fast program that will allows to the FBI to identify in a very short time the americans offenders. How i twill do? It will do by connecting to a database containing photographs, iris scans, fingerprints, voice samples, DNA samples and much more. At the base, an efficient system for facial identifying. The recognition will start, in most cases, by a simple surveillance camera that captures images transferring them to the database.

FBI agents will be able to identify a wanted in the crowd through surveillance cameras or recognize him by the voice sound captured by a microrecorder or a phone with a spy software. But even with identifying marks such as scars, tattoos or skin blemishes. The reliability of the new system assumes a margin of error of 8% in the case in which NGI comparisons in approximately 1.2 seconds an image captured from any source, as surveillance cameras, with the database containing millions of criminals; while the reliability becomes 100% in the case in which the image to be compared comes from defined sources as in the case of mug shots.

The protection of privacy is the only obstacle to the project. Infact there is a high possibility that the image of an uncensured enters in the FBI system because it appears in the background of a criminal photo. It would also seem that the investigative agency intends to connect its database to the government sources.
This perspective has also aroused the interest of Anonymous who has already announced protests on 20 October. Of course, the group of protesters who are sensitive to issues of privacy, will catch the attention of many people.

The system, able to use new technologies for rapid feedback comparing the biometric data, about the press, is already in test phase in several U.S. states and it comes into operation in the summer of 2014. The cost seems to be around a billion dollars.

Coming soon the super smartphone batteries that will last 3 months

settembre 17, 2012 Localization No Commenti

After the powerful GPS systems that have improved the use of our smarthphones, a dream could became reality. Not days, not weeks, but even months could be the battery life of our phone. Fantasy? No, it’s the product of a made in Italy project that, thanks to the nanotecnology exploitations, belives possible make higth autonomy batteries that can be used not only on phones, but also on other products and devices like as tablets, laptops, appliances and even electric cars.

The work, born from the collaboration between the nanotecnologies district, Veneto Nanotech, the Japanese Nagano Techno Foundation and the Japanese Shinshu University, will have public and private donations that will supports the development of “smart batteries”. The goal is make batteries able to despense the energy in a smart way, in order to drastically reduce the consumptions. How is it possible? Using the “coating”tecnique, that is a nanostructured covering that maximizes the life and the capacity of energy efficiency of batteries. The energy, infact, is crammed in some “stores” that are used one after the other, in sequence, so as to have many small batteries ready and efficient.

It’s difficult anticipate when these type of systems will be ready for the business: research and development of a technology has no precise timing. It’s hoped that as soon as possible could we forget at home the charger and make full use of our smartphones more and more advanced. So it will become more difficult to move away from our beloved smartphone which, however, has also become a real tool for detective or just curious. Infact, there are softwares able to control from a distance the movements of another telephone. These systems are used a lot for various kinds of interceptions and allow you to be notified of calls, messages and even environmental events. An easy and real time control system without excessive costs as is demostrated by one of the leader industries, Endoacustica.

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