Intelligence and monitoring

naked security - by Lisa Vaas - 12/10/2018

Microsoft on Thursday announced that it’s going to spend the next year or so gutting its Edge browser and filling it with Chromium: the same open-source web rendering engine that powers Google’s Chrome browser (Chrome is Chromium with some Google extras), Opera, Vivaldi, Yandex, Brave and others.

CNET - by Megan Wollerton - 11/25/2018

The battery-powered Ulo security camera looks like an owl and communicates its status with giant LCD screen eyes.

Wired - by Eric Adams - 11/24/2018

Lasers have long been considered potential solutions for beaming electricity straight to drones, by focusing their light on photovoltaic cells affixed to the small aircraft. Diamonds, it turns out, can make that beaming process more effective.

CNET - by Leslie Katz - 12/04/2018

Too often, women who tell stories of being sexually harassed are met with doubt or disbelief. Now, they have a smart dress to back them up.

The Dress For Respect by advertising agency Ogilvy has sensors sewn in that measure where on the body, and when, the wearer is touched. The information gets transferred via Wi-Fi to a control unit in real time.

Futurism - by Kristin Houser - 11/27/2018

A Seattle-based startup has come up with a high-tech solution to the problem of planting seeds in areas devastated by wildfires — and it involves a combination of drones, artificial intelligence, and bioengineering.

A University of California Davis-developed medical imaging scanner has produced the first 3D picture of the whole human body at once.

PC World - 11/20/2018

The Ember Ceramic Mug has the ability to set and maintain a preferred drinking temperature at a precise degree.

The mug also connects to the free Ember mobile app for complete customisation - from tracking caffeine intake with the Apple Health app integration, to saving favourite temperature presets and receiving notifications when the ideal drinking temperature is reached.

Gizmodo - by George Dvorsky - 11/07/2018

The ability to put our clothes on each day is something most of us take for granted, but as computer scientists from Georgia Institute of Technology recently found out, it’s a surprisingly complicated task—even for artificial intelligence. 

As any toddler will gladly tell you, it’s not easy to dress oneself. It requires patience, physical dexterity, bodily awareness, and knowledge of where our body parts are supposed to go inside of clothing. Dressing can be a frustrating ordeal for young children, but with enough persistence, encouragement, and practice, it’s something most of us eventually learn to master.

In addition to announcing its new LaserProFusion polymer additive manufacturing technology, German company EOSalso showcased a number of other captivating technologies and AM applications at Formnext 2018 last week. Notably, the company presented a number of 3D printed components Gravity Industries’ Jet Suit. The companies even demonstrated the wearable flying device early in the week.

Engadget - by Jon Fingas - 10/21/2018

Electric cars typically need larger, denser batteries if they're going to meet the range expectations of people used to gas-powered vehicles, but available space and weight limit the size of that battery. Researchers might have a solution: turn the very body of the car into a battery. They've conducted a study showing that carbon fiber shells could serve as battery electrodes. The trick is to optimize the size and orientation of the fibers so there's a good balance between stiffness and the electrochemical traits needed to store energy.