Iris Recognition from 39 Feet Away
Remember that scene from Minority Report where Tom Cruise is walking through the mall and all the screens are scanning his eyeballs and greeting him personally? Well, get ready! Because Dr. Marios Savvides, Director of the CyLab Biometrics Lab at Carnegie Mellon, says he’s already built a machine that is capable of iris recognition from up to 39 feet away!
Laser Communication for Satellites
In October, the Lunar Laser Communications Demonstrator first fired up its 4” laser beam, pointed it at White Sands, New Mexico, and unleashed a fury of data on the base station. Historically, satellite communications have taken place using radio transmission. But NASA is testing a new laser-based system which is many orders of magnitude faster, plus uses less power!
FlyKly’s Electric Boost for Your Bike
How did I miss the FlyKly Smart Wheel Kickstarter? It was a campaign that ended a couple of months ago having raised over $700k against a $100k goal. Basically it’s a little electric motor and battery combination that wraps around the hub of a bicycle’s rear wheel and provides electric assist any time you pedal!
HDBaseT is a new standard designed to simplify the interconnection of all of our A/V and computing devices. Basically, it lets you hook any piece of equipment to any other piece with just an ethernet cable. So, you can connect your TV to your computer to your amplifier to another TV to a Blu-ray player to a WiFi access point, all using Ethernet and running through a little HDBaseT switch.
Sponsored by QNAP
We’re going to bring you guys a whole series of tutorials soon on everything the QNAP HS-210 can do. You aren’t going to believe everything you can accomplish with this little device! The setup process is amazingly simple. You can share files, or use it for Windows or Apple Time Machine backups. Serve your media collection, use it as a video surveillance station, set up a private cloud, and much… much more! Head over to QNAP.com, click on Features – and prepare to have your mind blown!