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PredPol maps this red box onto areas where heightened crime is predicted to occur. Also.. it's their logo. (via Predpol)   With budget cuts and shortages of officers, police departments are feeling the pressure to become smarter about preventing crime. One innovation born out of this pressure is PredPol, a newly developed “predictive policing” cloud-based software that uses past crime data and a fancy algorithm to predict where and when crimes are likely to occur.   Cofo ...
SMI RED-oem Remote Eye Tracking platform render. (via SMI) Law enforcement and federal agencies have been using polygraph machines to detect lies since Cesare Lombroso introduced his blood pressure device back in 1895. Before that? Torture was used as the best method to detect fibs (still is to some extent). Just ask any witch that was present at the Salem Trials and they could probably tell it didn’t work that well. Some analysts will tell you that the eyes are the gateway in detecting ...
Menu projection at Eggcellent (via Advanced Technology Labs) Japan is the land of technology and this week that innovation has made its way to the restaurant industry, which, according to the Recruit Advanced Technology Lab, is trying to redefine customer service.   A restaurant in Tokyo called Eggcellent (which, of course, specializes in all things egg) is expected to be one of the first restaurants in the world to feature an almost human-free dining experience. The facility is expe ...
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have taken household plants and paired them with nanomaterials to create bionic plants that can do everything from monitoring environmental pollutants to detecting chemical weapons.   Researchers Michael Strano, a Carbon P. Dubbs Professor of Chemical Engineering and Juan Pablo Giraldo, plant biologist, worked together to harness plant power as a new kind of technology platform. The research team chose plants because of their ...
Cortana in action (via WPC) One of the biggest features of Apple's mobile OS is its voice recognition tool, Siri. Siri allows users to ask questions such as “are there any taco restaurants around” and will process the question and give the user an appropriate answer - we know the deal. Most impressively, Siri is good at understanding people's everyday language. Users can speak how they normally would to another person and Siri can interpret the meaning correctly or will ask ques ...
Set Top and Smart TV PR images... Keyboard is quite welcome! (via Hisense) Android fans unite – Hisense recently announced the launch of its new Smart TV powered by Android 4.2.2. The Hisense H6 Smart TV combines Android technology with the innovative TV services now offered by Google (formerly known as Google TV). The new toy offers upgraded Easy View capabilities and a remote-controlled air mouse for easy-of-use. The new TV is available in 40-inch, 50-inch and 55-inch models, but fo ...
Russell Rubman’s Gittler Guitar. (via kickstarter & Russell Rubman) Guitars, or stringed instruments, haven’t changed much over the few thousand years since their inception. (A 3,300-year-old stone carving of a Hittite bard playing a stringed instrument is the oldest iconographic representation of a chordophone. Wiki) They still feature a body of some sort, neck, fretboard and headstock that is usually outfitted with six or more strings. On acoustic guitars, it’s the h ...
University of Buffalo’s 40Lb sensor system. (via UofB and BBC)   Wi-Fi signals can be found almost anywhere: in large cities, rural towns and even in the mountains (next to ski resorts and ranger outposts). You can even find them on the ocean, especially on cruise ships, however you will not find them under the ocean. Even though radio waves can penetrate water to a certain degree they have very little range (unless you have access to the US Navy’s ELF frequencies), which ultim ...
IBM 5150 PC... (via Wiki) The late 70’s saw the birth of personal computers, which at the time were being developed in garages by home-brew enthusiasts (Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were among those enthusiasts). Not soon after, companies such as RadioShack, Commodore International and Apple were successfully selling their own affordable take on desktop PCs to both companies and individual consumers. When 1980 rolled around, product test engineer (at the time) for IBM William Lowe came u ...
Graphene concept art. Single layer... Graphene is back in the spotlight and its unusual properties are once again being harnessed, this time for use in sticky-type memory. Yang-Fang Chen and his fellow researchers from the University of Taipei designed the memory for use in flexible electronics. Flexible memory has been created before by researchers from the University of Cambridge using nano-wires grown on plastic substrates, however practical applications using the flexible memory are sti ...
Toyota’s Advanced Active Safety Research Vehicle. I look forward to computer controlled autos. Mostly to avoid traffic jams (via Toyota) Anyone who’s watched I, Robot (Will Smith version) can recall the car chase scene with an Audi that’s capable of driving itself and avoiding collisions. While that fictitious car was featured in a science fiction film, there have been several successful autonomous vehicles that are capable of the same feat, although they are not mass-prod ...
Motorola’s Project Ara. Building your own smartphone seems like a dream. I hope this catches on. (via Motorola)   Every smartphone has features some users do not want or could do without. It is in that sense that Motorola has turned to designing a modular smartphone, which would allow its users to connect the hardware they prefer for the applications they use. Known as Project Ara, the idea is to design modular pieces that consist of certain hardware elements such as Wi-Fi, connecti ...
MaxLife concept diagram. Lifetime cycles are increased, but not a big improvement in energy density (via TI)   Texas Instruments is one of the most dominant technology companies ever. Behind Intel and Samsung, it is the world's third largest producer of semiconductors. In addition, they are the largest manufacturer of digital signal processors and analog semiconductors. Young students may just know of TI as producers of their world famous graphing calculators. However, for the older, more ...
Artist concept of the finished castAR glasses (via castAR kickstarter page)   Augmented and virtual reality headwear has risen in popularity ever since Google Glass and the Oculus Rift hit the market. Those glasses and head-mounted displays either overlay interactive applications on the direct or indirect environment being viewed or create a computer-generated environment putting its user in that simulated world. Those two perspectives are usually separate from each other and integrated int ...
I would have loved a tablet when I was his age... (via LAUSD)   Earlier this month (October 2013), the Los Angeles Unified School District unveiled their ambitious proposal to introduce a series of tools designed to raise academic standards needed for students to succeed in college or the skills needed for a career. The $1 billion dollar project aims at giving every student (more than 600,000) in the district an iPad tablet in an effort to build 21st century skills revolving around technol ...

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