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Friday, September 26, 2008

Future Crime Predictor - Minority Report-Style

The film Minority Report sparked a series of stories about attempts to predict future crimes before they happen. Most of the stories are more about data mining then cross referencing that data to predict high crime areas and times -- now scientists are going a lot farther.

New Scientist wrote a story about the U.S Government making progress on a high tech device called FAST a pre-crime detector - F.A.S.T stands for "Future Attribute Screening Technologies".

The F.A.S.T system is designed to spot "suspicious - devious" people who might be about ready to commit a crime of some type. The scientists behind F.A.S.T say that the early tests are overwhelmingly effective - "We have it at about 78% accuracy on mal-intent detection, and 80% on deception". I'm sure there will be many questions related to privacy issues on this equipment .

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Days Of Tron Near With Ferrari V4 Superbike

Ferrari V4 Motorcycle:

Packed with a modified engine from a Ferrari Enzo, hand controls from a F-16 fighter jet and buttons from a Formula 1 race car, there's not
much in the world of super fast that hasn't been put into the Ferrari V4 Motorcycle.

Sorry to get your appetite so wet for this high tech treat however the Ferrari V4 is still a concept and no one has any idea how much or how fast it will be, or when it will come to market.

USB Flash Drive Thats Also A Lighter?

USB Flash Drive That's Also A Lighter?
If your draws are bursting with Bic lighters and random USB flash drives, you can finally streamline their inventory with this combination USB flash drive lighter. Now this lighter does manage to pull off quite a few cleaver tricks of its own. In addition to being an easily accessible source of fire, it also houses a decent sized 8GB flash drive with a retractable USB connection that slides out of the bottom. This is one high tech gadget that merges novelty and geek combined.

Via OhGizmo

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Casio EX-FH20 High-Speed Camera Faster Than Sight

The Casio EX-FH20 high speed digital camera is everything Casio touts it to be. The Casio EX-FH20 can shoot at a amazing rate of up to 40 frames per second, much faster than the eye can see. There are seven burst-mode settings, and to make sure you never miss a shot the EX-FH20 starts shooting the moment before you press the shutter. Another great feature of this high tech camera is the high speed night setting.

The Casio EX-FH20 creates clean crisp shots with 9.1 effective mega pixels and wide-angle zoom lens, a 26mm equivalent with an 20x optical zoom. The Casio EX-FH20 is also an HD movie function which records at 1,280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps. This camera is perfect to take to the races or to the games and will capture the images without fail. Hands down this is a serious camera however affordable to everyone at $600.00

Sunday, September 07, 2008

First Cyborg Arm Fitted To Terror Victim

A victim "Kira Mason" of the London bombings of July of 2005 has been fitted with a cyborg arm that fuses with her own bone and skin. The intricate procedure has been called "an incredible breakthrough."
Surgeons were able to fit the First Cyborg Arm fitted to the Victim by fusing a titanium alloy rod to her arm stump. The bone and the skin healed naturally around the alloy rod creating a protective seal. "The technique called amputation prosthesis intraosseous transcutaneous, or "Itap" is based on a reindeer's antlers, that grow through the skin without any problems." This prevents infection and eliminates the need for traditional strap and socket prosthesis. Battery-powered sensors allow the wearer to control the movement of her hand by flexing muscles in her upper arm.

What a great breakthrough for people that need to have an artificial limb installed

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Invisibility Cloaks Becoming A Reality

INVISIBILITY CLOAK devices, long out of reach except to the fantasies of science fiction, have moved within reach when researchers at Berkeley created a material that can control light’s direction of travel.

The breakthrough at Berkeley could lead to systems for rendering anything from people to large objects, such as aircraft and boats, invisible to the eye - this is still a ways off.

Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, whose work is funded by the American military, have engineered materials that can control light's direction of travel.

This research follows the earlier work at Imperial College London that had similar results with microwaves. Like light, these waves are a form of electromagnetic radiation but the longer wave-length makes them far easier to manipulate. Underlying the work is the idea that bending visible light around an object will hide it. This gadget is an amazing piece of emerging technology.


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