Criminals beware. By the end of this year, law enforcement officers of TV's "What'cha gonna do" fame will have another tool to track you down. The Team Leader vest integrates digital video, still camera, voice recorder, barcode scanner, and specialized sensors into a rugged, weatherproof unit. This system, originally developed for the U.S. Department of Energy for immigration, captures and uses satellite images, terrain features, architectural drawings, site plans, as well as other information to investigate a crime scene. Incorporating an IBM-compatible personal computer, the vest serves as a portable library with access to maps, facility floor plans, data bases, reports, forms investigation protocols, and scientific technical and legal reference materials. Information gathered at the scenes can be disseminated instantly via fax, e-mail, or wireless LAN lines to a base station. Up to eight Team Leaders can exchange information and communications simultaneously. "If Team Leader were deployed at a murder site, for example, investigators could use the unit to track their routes and create a detailed map of the scene," says Dan Irwin, Team Leader project manager at Pacific Northwest Laboratory. "Upon discovery of the murder weapon, investigators could link the evidence to its geographical position with laser measurements and positional data, capture still and video images, and record detailed audio and text notes. The digitized evidence would be transferred immediately to an evidence custodian and could be recalled months or years later during a trial through its assigned barcode." FAX: (509) 375-2242.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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