We have not provided a photo hack in a long time so it was due. So lets combine that with one of our favorites — RC quadcopters.
As you can see by the video above, this is shall we say upscale. Eight motors, larger batteries and a payload, a Red Epic, that ain’t exactly cheap if it gets busted up. The combo seems to work quite well as the video shows.
Lets do the count of those devices that the original Star Trek suggest would exist some time in the future –
Cell Flip Phone == Trek Communicator
Voice Recognition == Desk Computer
PCMCIA/USB Memory == Recording Chips
Naval Laser == Battle Phaser
Medical Tricorder == Medical Equipment
Well you can one more to the list. We now have the Universal Translator by Vocre. Its built for the iPhone at the current time. You can bet they will port it to the Android as well. For the foreign borne traveler this will be a must have load on your smart phone.
And of the course the episode where the translators (the silver thing on their belts) appeared
Only things left are the transporter and warp drive. Both of which are near physical impossibilities with our current understanding of physics.
Two key senators want to know if the leader of the vast U.S. intelligence apparatus believes it’s legal for spooks to track where you go through your iPhone.
In a letter that Sens. Mark Udall (D-Colorado) and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) will send later on Thursday, obtained by Danger Room, the senators ask Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, “Do government agencies have the authority to collect the geolocation information of American citizens for intelligence purposes?”
Both senators are members of the panel overseeing the 16 intelligence agencies. In May, they sounded warnings that the Obama administration was secretly reinterpreting the Patriot Act to allow a broader amount of domestic surveillance than it had publicly disclosed.
“[R]ecent advances in geolocation technology have made it increasingly easy to secretly track the movements and whereabouts of individual Americans on an ongoing, 24/7 basis,” they write. “Law enforcement agencies have relied on a variety of different methods to conduct this sort of electronic surveillance, including the acquisition of cell phone mobility data from communications companies as well as the use of tracking devices covertly installed by the law enforcement agencies themselves.”
Well gee dude, you signed off on the Patriot Act what do you expect you Turkey. But of course they are tracking you. They are probably tracking your mistress too, if you have one. Get real.
Now what do you think will happen? The DARPA folks getting $50m in funding for a language translation device vs a iPhone Appstore device for $20? I would hazard it would not be the cheaper of the two –
On one side of the scale: an app developer that wants to translate Pashto and Dari on your iPhone. On the other: around $50 million in federal money, this year alone, for research into a Cadillac version of the same translation tools. Which sounds like the better deal?
As Danger Room first reported in February, the Pentagon’s blue-sky researchers are asking Congress to fund three major pushes for developing a universal translation device. Darpa’s projects admittedly sound cool. BOLT, the Boundless Operational Language Translation, will be so sophisticated it can understand foreign slang. Robust Automatic Translation of Speech — yes, RATS — will know the difference between speech that needs translating and background noise to discard. MADCAT is a mobile document reader that translates text.
And while all that goes through the federal funding, acquisition and development process, along comes the SpeechTrans app for the iPhone and iPad. Load the app, record a spoken phrase you want translated, choose your foreign language, and the app will speak it back to you, all while displaying both versions of your text on the screen. National Defense reports the New Jersey-based company is working to add Afghan languages “that troops need in current combat zones.” The 1.2 version of the “universal” SpeechTrans already offers Arabic.
Sadly government funding is more than just the money. There is politics involved. And you can rest assured that any of the companies listed most likely have links to the CongressCritters in the districts where they operate.
But I have a more pressing question. Who owns the consession on the SPIDD (Smart Phone Interactive Destructive Device)? It would seem to me that there would be a need for a blaster that would wipe the devices clean at a mere gesture.
… in trying to take over the Internet. The primary reason being, blindness. The Internet is like a huge communication iceberg. Most users only see the top 10% — HTTP, FTP, Skype, for example. What they don’t see is the underbelly. The RFC’s generated that make those top level services possible. The consortiums that cohabitant areas like 802.3, 802.11, ATM, etc. The Pols lack either the time of the intellect to understand it.
Here is a case in point –
Our goal is to make GNU Free Call ubiquitous in a manner and level of usability similar to Skype, that is, usable on all platforms, and directly by the general public for all manner of secure communication between known and anonymous parties, but without requiring a central service provider to register with, without using insecure source secret binary protocols that may have back-doors, and without having network control points of any kind that can be exploited or abused by external parties. By doing so as a self organizing meshed calling network, we further eliminate potential service control points such as through explicit routing peers even if networks are isolated in civil emergencies.
We do recognize this project has significant long term social and political implications. It also offers potentially essential utility in public service by enabling the continuation of emergency services without requiring existing communication infrastructure. There are many ordinary public service uses, such as the delivery of eHealth services, as well as medical, and legal communication, where it is essential to treat all with equal human dignity by maintaining privacy regardless of race, religion, or political affiliation. Equally important is the continuation of emergency medical services even when existing infrastructure is no longer available or has been deliberately disabled.
Now, before one says “What’s wrong with Skype?”, consider that SIP Witch will be unlike Skype in that they intend to do peer to peer SIP communications without the need for the ancillary routing support. Your only limitation is the need for a SIP registered ID.
They are going to target desktops/laptops and smart phones. That alone should scare the hell out of the Telcos. The other is they will be attempting to manage this with due consideration for running over mesh networks. ie, WiFi and the like. With ‘N’ class WiFi nodes, a lot of voice data streams could be carried over a bonded channel pair. You can find out more here.
But this is an example of how tech is like a living organism. Given the resources, the limits of physics and the ingenuity of hackers/developers, that which is deemed to be controlled escapes the bonds and runs free. This lack of knowledge at the base layers is the Pols undoing.