Pay for the bus with the smartphone? In London you can

dicembre 27, 2012 Technology No Commenti

London continues to make great strides in the field of technology. At the heart of British investments this time there are the typical red double-decker buses. This is the project of contactless payment that will allow to pay for the bus through credit cards and smartphones. This will involve the installation of NFC readers (Near field communication, the technology behind the system) on the means of transport. The new technique starts from an ordinary credit card, debt or purchase, authorized to execute transactions in proximity of the readers. In addition to this, the payment may be carried just through the smartphones equipped with chips NFR.

With these systems you can pay bus routes and very soon also the subway and other public transport. The chip can also be implanted in the Oyster card, card commonly used by Londoners for the public transport, and it will enable the development of services and applications without licensing requirements.

During start up, will be possible to purchase single route at a reduced price in order to encourage the adoption of the new technology. Obviously, this phase will be long because the cards in circulation in England are over 30 thousand, not counting smartphones. Some difficulties were encountered in harmonizing the payment services of the banks that support the project. In any case, the British city is the first to adopt this service, one hopes that soon follow the same path other European cities.

Now with the phone you really can do everything: check your position and that of another person, listen to calls and read text messages to another phone, even hear what is happening around it; all this with the installation of advanced software Endoacustica. If one day the method of payment via smartphone to be extended to any commercial form, we can really say that without its you cannot live!

Spy mannequins to trap thieves

dicembre 19, 2012 Technology No Commenti

The merchants love it already. The dummy with perfect shapes that occupies all the shop windows of the world could soon become the best friend of the shopkeepers because it may report in real time, not only the presence of thieves and criminals, but also age, gender and tastes of customers. These are spy mannequins of Eye See line, humanoid dolls equipped with miniature cameras for eyes. They record, thanks to facial recognition software, the characteristics of the passers-by and send the data to a software similar to those used by the police to identify criminals.

The dummy bionic technology was launched in 2010 by the Italian Almax Spa together with Kee Square, spinoff of Milan Polytechnic. So behind the silhouette of polystyrene could be hiding a real security guard. Unlike traditional surveillance cameras that record from a well defined corner, the dummy, observing the client, is able to capture more information and creates a database of profiles guaranteeing the anonymity. The influx of the customers, according to the preferred time band, which objects attract them more, the dwell time in front of the shop window and other factors, make possible to customize the service. The CEO of the manufacturer, claims that there aren’t dangers to privacy because the images are only analyzed and not stored.
The European and American legislations allow the use of cameras for security purposes, when customers are aware of these systems.

Meanwhile, the Italian engineers, fathers of this invention, are trying to give to the mannequins even the ears in order to record, through microrecorders, comments and criticisms.
Currently each dummy costs about 4000 euro. Some copies have already been sold in some European countries and in the U.S.. In fact, the eccessive expense for the implementation of this technology could easily be avoided with the separate purchase of professional video and audio bugs that allow you to get guaranteed results.

The helmet to see 360° like flies

dicembre 13, 2012 Technology No Commenti

It’s called Flyviz and has been designed by a team of French scientists of INRIA (National Institute for Research in computer science and automation).
The helmet to see the reality at 360° offers an instant overview on the sides of the body and on the back. This prototype, presented first in Paris, then at the conference “Virtual Reality Software and Technology 12” of Toronto, could have great applications in surveillance and security fields because it allows real-time to detect dangers around himself. The patented system is based on items currently available on the market: a digital micro camera, a laptop, an helmet and a display.
Therefore, the helmet works thanks to a digital microcamera connected to the upper part of it which, pointed towards one hemispherical mirror, allows to acquire images at 360°. The images would result distorted, as if we looked at the world from the reflection in a sphere. At this point the computer connected to it, corrects the visual, making it perfectly adherent to the reality through the technique of the spherical projection. Once completed the perfecting, the images are transmitted, with a transmission delay of only 83 milliseconds, on a small screen located inside the helmet, in front of the eyes of the observer and gradually to the right and to the left.

Apart from the applications that the instrument could have in the military sector, the helmet was designed primarily to study human perception. In fact this isn’t a “virtual reality”, but an increase of the natural visual field of the human being. Of course to learn to use it, you will need of an initial training.
If the device will enter into common usage, many sports enthusiasts who want to emphasize their feats with high level videocameras will also enjoy.

Internet of things will revolutionize our daily

dicembre 10, 2012 Localization, Technology No Commenti

Web 3.0 isn’t yet far away. All the big laboratories are working hard to develop new applications concerning the Internet of things. With this neologism has been named the last frontier of online technology. The strength lies in the possibility given to objects to interact with each other by capturing and exchanging information.
The alarm clock may sound for example in advance once found, through the Internet, heavy traffic conditions. And so the refrigerators could buy online the ideal food for our diet, the plants could alert the watering that they need water, the containers of medicines communicate that you forgot to take a pill.
In short, all objects of common use may have access to the network by changing radically our daily life. Almost all things will possess its own IP address becoming so connected and traceable. It’s assumed that by 2015, 15 billion devices will be online. Bob Kahn, the man who together with Vinton Cerf, invented in the seventies the data transmission protocol on which is based the Web, is working in the United States in the development of the project.

The goal of the Internet of things is to ensure that the electronic world draw a map of the real world, giving an electronic identity to the things and to the places in the physical environment. In short, the real objects collect environmental data, process them and interact virtually with each other through microantennas 3G, wi-fi and GPS systems. The equipments will also continue to miniaturize themselves reaching the size of the most advanced bugs for fields of application increasingly numerous.

Everything will be smart, from the house to the city. An example will be the urban transport system in London: the sensors of the subway trains will signal to passengers in the carriage where there are empty seats, the parking will be on the network, so as to be sure to find a place before you get into the car, the semaphores will coordinate so as to dispose the traffic effectively.

The fields of application will be numerous: from industrial ones to logistics and information services, energy efficiency, remote service and environmental protection.
The stumbling block is the privacy safeguard. If all our items will be online, track our movements will be very simple, as already happens today with the most modern GPS tracking systems. It will be like wearing 24-24h a surveillance camera. The solution could be the installation of switches, if required, disabling the tracking. But these are still hypotheses, we have to wait at least 2015 in order to begin to feel first hand the pros and cons of this new technology.

Glasses of the future

dicembre 4, 2012 Technology No Commenti

Could be the top objects of the technology of the new year. Smart glasses. Were launched by Google in early 2012 as “augmented reality glasses” that can keep users constantly connected to the Internet without use the hands.
Obviously this new idea was quickly imitated and integrated. The last competitors, in chronological order, are the cousins of the Microsoft. This patent, submitted by Redmond, would be aimed at providing real-time information about your surroundings. Data on everything that the user sees, from objects to large events. The lenses, capturing the gaze direction, will govern the display and the optics in the best way.

While Google Glasses have very similar characteristics to those of a smartphone, Microsoft proposes a “wearable computing” that works in real time and with new features.
We don’t know which operating system will be used, but obviously they will be equipped with the most classic and now indispensable tools: camera, tracking systems, microphones, WiFi and Bluetooth.

These type of glasses could be the evolution of the surveillance systems on the market for some time. These are glasses with a video camera and a recorder built-in that allow for fun or for professional reasons to record what happens around without being seen. In fact, the mount hides the micro audio and video tools. Endoacustica glasses have a built-in memory card with the capacity of 4 GB, in which the files are saved.
The devices are usually used by law enforcement or intelligence agents, but more often are bought by people who want to take hands-free, by who practice sport or even by those who need to gather evidence furtively. This type of systems and many others can be purchased from the website www.endoacustica.com.

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