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Tag: Surveillance

Chinese Spy Drones Camouflaged as Birds

Chinese Spy Drones Camouflaged as Birds
We’ve seen drones that mimic real bird flight, but the ones we’ve seen have been for strictly experimental purposes. However, China is taking flight with the idea and taking it seriously. This drone looks like a dove so naturally it is called “Dove”.

GuardBot Is A Roly-Poly Surveillance System

GuardBot Is A Roly-Poly Surveillance System
Want to track down suspicious characters roaming your property? You need GuardBot, a robotic rolling ball surveillance system. Man, that sounds so awesome. “Robotic rolling ball surveillance system”. Because of its spherical shape, this robot can tackle any terrain – even sand, snow, and water.
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Gyroscopes in Mobile Devices Can Act as Microphones: Censor that Sensor

Gyroscopes in Mobile Devices Can Act as Microphones: Censor that Sensor
Gyroscopes can be found in most modern mobile devices. They’re meant to help in motion-sensing, but a recent paper by researchers Yan Michalevsky, Dan Boneh and Gabi Nakibly shows that these sensors can also act as microphones. 

Hawkeye Crime Surveillance System: The Eye in the Sky

Hawkeye Crime Surveillance System: The Eye in the Sky
Many people are worried about the government being able to monitor whatever they are up to. Now, there is a new kind of system that will be able to surveil America’s cities from above – with incredible precision.

Google Glass Privacy App Spots Security Cameras & Other Glass Users: Soliton Radar

Google Glass Privacy App Spots Security Cameras & Other Glass Users:  Soliton Radar
Modern stealth action video games like the Metal Gear Solid series and the new Deus Ex often have a radar feature that lets you see enemies and cameras, among other things. New media artist Sander Veenhof made a similar app for Google Glass.

Give Drones the Slip in Adam Harvey’s Stealth Wear

Give Drones the Slip in Adam Harvey’s Stealth Wear
The ready availability and widespread usage of surveillance technology is enough to drive most level-headed people paranoid. Drones, hidden and visible security cameras, sensors, communications tracing systems… they’re all around us and at any given moment, they could be used to track your whereabouts and monitor your every move.

Robot Bird Perches on a Human Hand

Robot Bird Perches on a Human Hand
If a bird in hand is worth two in the bush, what is a robot bird in the hand worth? I have no idea, but this is a robotic bird that is not only capable of flight, but it can also land on a human hand.

This Insect Spies All: Miniature Surveillance Drones

This Insect Spies All: Miniature Surveillance Drones
Ah, insect drones. They’ve been used so much in movies and televisions shows that it was bound to become a reality someday. I remember this particular scene in that old Richie Rich movie (the one where Macaulay Culkin played Richie), when Professor Kean Bean was showing off his latest invention to Richie: a gold flying bug that was equipped with a camera.

Rotundus GroundBot: Rolling Surveillance Robot from the Future

Rotundus GroundBot: Rolling Surveillance Robot from the Future
I don’t know why robotics experts haven’t thought of this before, but this tire-like surveillance robot is the way to go for mobile and autonomous operations. Even better since it looks like it’s right out of science fiction, from Terminator, The Prisoner or Fahrenheit 451.

Lockheed’s Samarai Drone Design is Based on a Maple Seed

Lockheed’s Samarai Drone Design is Based on a Maple Seed
Each fall I end up spending some time outside with the kids chasing leaves. They think it’s a riot to see if they can catch a leaf before it hits the ground as it falls from the tree.

Logitech’s iPad Alert App: Lets You Play Big Brother

Logitech’s iPad Alert App: Lets You Play Big Brother
Logitech doesn’t just do mice, they also make a whole bunch of other peripherals. And now, they are letting you play Big Brother thanks to their Alert app, which has been released for the iPad. It allows you to see what’s going on at home while you’re gone.

Draganflyer X8 Now for Sale, Definitely Not for Fun and Games

Draganflyer X8 Now for Sale, Definitely Not for Fun and Games
We featured this 8-rotor helicopter a few months ago, and even then it was pretty evident that the DraganFlyer X8 is not meant for recreation. Now that it’s been released and we can see it’s specs and configurations, you can definitely cross out this thing on your Christmas wish list.

Tiny Flying Spy Robots: That’S All We Need Now

Tiny Flying Spy Robots: That’S All We Need Now
If you are worried about  all those security cameras that are popping up everywhere, and Big Brother watching you, well maybe you should just leave now and ignore this piece of news. Mirko Kovac from the EPFL has developed a bunch of micro air vehicles which can latch onto walls, and yes, they have cameras.

Surveillance 100 Lamp Won’T Record, but Does Illuminate

Surveillance 100 Lamp Won’T Record, but Does Illuminate
How’d you like three giant surveillance cameras staring your down in the face every time you walk into your living room? Well, here ya go. Designed by Sweden’s Humans Since 1982, the Surveillance 100 doesn’t capture video at all.

Tiny Robotic Bats Invade!

Tiny Robotic Bats Invade!
Next time you see a bat flying about the evening sky, you’d better look close to make sure you’re not being observed by one of these miniature flying robot bats instead of the real thing. Researchers at North Carolina State University are developing a micro-aerial vehicle (MAV) built with a body structure that mimics a bat.

Giant Bug Eye Satellite Camera Could Capture an Entire City

Giant Bug Eye Satellite Camera Could Capture an Entire City
Satellite imagery has become part of our everyday lives through applications like Google Maps. However, the current technology involves capturing tons of high-resolution images and stitching them together to form one larger image. This not only creates a huge amount of work to precisely align these images, it also leaves live-action surveillance susceptible to drop-outs as subjects move between cameras (yeah, I’ve seen 24 too).
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