DARPA getting all “Potter-Like” with personal shield research

Invisible Shields

With a fifteen million dollar grant, DARPA is researching the feasibility of creating personal, self healing shields. The idea is rapidly looking to become reality thanks to “metamaterials,” a composite molecule is not only self repairing, but invisible to boot. Think of a Harry Potter like invisibility cloak that also repels a 7.62mm round from an AK47. The result hopes to be invisible body armor good for just about any combat situation that is lightweight, easy to deploy, can capable of return fire.

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Portable USB Shredders allow you to shred on the go

Handheld USB shredder

There’s USB power for just about everything these days. So, when we found the Portable USB Paper Shredder by Kinlan Industrial it wasn’t that too suprising. But it is very helpful for those who travel for a living.

People who deal with sensitive information on the go really need a means to destroy documents without having to lug around a shredder that has to plug into a wall socket. Weighing in at a svelte 12 ounces and fitting in the palm of your hand, the Portable USB Paper Shredder can either run on four AA batteries, AC adapter or the USB power from a laptop/PC. Now that’s flexibility. It can also shred standard documents with it’s 10 inch length.

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Google’s new street map uses multi-angle camera

Google’s Street Map System

There’s a scene in Star Wars Clone Wars where a clone trooper tosses up a floating remote camera and uses it to survey the entire city from the safety of building’s rubble. The camera has multiple lenses to provide complete 360 degree coverage of the entire area. In real life, this was largely the kind of idea used by the Walt Disney company for many of their 360 degree movies they showed at Disneyland and Epcot – only they used multiple cameras, not one camera with multiple lenses.

Now Google is using life to imitate art with their latest “street view” features of Google maps. Immersive Media is the company which uses a drive by technique, and a multi-lensed camera – called the Dodeca Telemmersion® System.

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The hidden camera detector

camera detector
There has never been more visible and more worrying hidden cameras around, almost everywhere that you go you are likely to be caught on camera, but there is nothing that we can really do about it, because it is the way that we live now. But there is also a growing amount of hidden cameras used for surveillance at work and sometimes even at home, whatever the reason there is now a small device that you can use to see if there are any hidden cameras watching you.

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