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February 13 - Pentagon Wants to Turn Ordinary Smartphones Into Eye-Scanning, Thumbprint-Taking Super Machines
Article: Technology For Global Monetary System
a $3 million research contract by the Department of the
Defense with a California-based company was announced that will ultimately to
leverage technology that could turn ordinary smartphones into
The company AOptix announced in a press release that
the DoD would use its Smart Mobile Identity
platform, tailored to the requirements needed of the agency for identity
verification purposes in the field.
Wired's Danger Room was alerted to more ins and outs of the
DoD's potential uses for the technology. The
eye-scanning, finger-print taking and voice recognition-type features would not
be embedded in the phone but, as Wired put it, "it's a peripheral that wraps
around the phone."
This addition is reported to weigh less than a pound with
the phone, won't interfere with typical phone functions and is operational with
one hand, which Wired pointed out is an improvement upon the current Handheld
Interagency Identity Detection System (HIIDE). Smart Mobile Identity has limited
ability to record biometric data at a distance, but its specs outperform the
HIIDE camera. It scans faces at up to two
meters away, irises from one meter, and voice from within the typical distance
from a phone.
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February 8 - 5 Homeland Security 'Bots Coming to Spy on You (If They Aren't Already)
Article: One World Government
It's been 10 years since the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) started up operations. During that decade,
DHS has moved to the forefront of funding and deploying the robots and
drones that could be coming soon to a neighborhood near you.
It's not clear how many of those robots police
operate, and law enforcement isn't by any means the only domestic market for
the 'bots. But the trend lines point toward
more robotic spy tools for law enforcement in more places -- with more DHS
Here are five examples.
Predator B - Unarmed Predator surveillance drones
inside the United States have had a rocky history. The Department of
Homeland Security's sub-agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP),
has flown them off-and-on along the U.S.-Mexico border since 2004. But in
the years to come, the Predator is likely to have a numerically more
marginal role as more law enforcement agencies join the drone bandwagon --
it's exceedingly likely the Predator will
remain an exclusive item for the federal government. That is, a federal
government putting the machines to work snooping on domestic turf.
BIOSwimmer - Catch it if you can. In
September, the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology
Directorate premiered a prototype of its
tuna-shaped robot called BIOSwimmer, developed by Boston
Engineering Corporation. The concept revolves around eventually
deploying the swimming robot to use in port security
operations, and could prove to have several advantages over human divers.
For one, it can get into tighter spaces, and can work in areas that have
been contaminated with oil or other hazardous chemicals that could pose a
risk to human health. But mainly, it's designed to inspect ships and
"flooded bilges and tanks, and hard to reach areas such as steerage,
propulsion and sea chests," noted a DHS statement.
ShadowHawk - In a way, the trials of the ShadowHawk
represent why police drones remain limited, at least for the time being. The
Department of Homeland Security handed $220,000 to the Montgomery County
Sheriff's Department -- just north of Houston, Texas -- for one of these
50-pound helicopter drones in 2011.
it can be equipped with a Sony FCB EX-1020 camera or a Photon 320 thermal
imaging camera, and in theory would've allowed the
county's law enforcement to cease relying on over-worked and tight-budgeted
agencies in Houston for aircraft.
Versatrax 150 - The past decade has seen a big
build-up in border security under Homeland Security's watch, including a
doubling of Border Patrol agents and hundreds of miles of fence along the
U.S.-Mexico border. But to keep their wares flowing, the drug cartels in
Mexico have turned to an inventive tactic: digging more and more tunnels
A high-resolution camera can rotate in all
directions, and the robot itself can squeeze through an opening as small as
six inches in diameter. Border tunnels can also be dangerous places, at the
risk of collapse and even booby-trapped -- with no telling who's inside or
what weapons they may be carrying. The Versatrax was designed for sludging
its way through sewer tunnels, so it's not that big of a leap.
Draganflyer X6 - The Draganflyer X6 mini-helicopter is
perhaps the first police drone to see regular active use inside the United
States by a local police agency. In July 2010, the Mesa County Sheriff's
Office in western Colorado used funding from the Department of Homeland
Security to buy one of the machines, while also becoming one of the first
police agencies for the FAA to authorize using the drones for police work.
The drone packs either a
Panasonic DMC-ZS20 camera or an infra-red thermal imaging camera, and can
transmit video (when it's not recording) in real-time back to an operator.
The camera is stabilized against vibration, and a sensor head made of carbon
fiber contains the gyros, accelerometers, GPS receiver and a barometric
pressure sensor to keep it in the air.
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February 17 - University of Missouri to recognize Wiccan, pagan holidays
Article: Rising Interest In The Supernatural
The University of Missouri
is making it easy for students to celebrate Wiccan or
pagan holidays, as they've been included in the university's Guide to Religions.
There are 42 holidays listed in the university's calendar, with Jewish holidays
counting for eleven, Wiccan and pagan holidays for
eight and Christian holidays for seven. The other holidays
include Hindu, Muslim, Baha'i, Shinto, Buddhist and Sikh holidays.
"The holidays and accommodations section of this
guide is provided to faculty, staff and student leaders as an educational
resource for the myriad of religious holy days celebrated at Mizzou,"
the guide reads. "Not only does this section offer crucial information about
dates and practices, we also hope that the
information about recommended academic and food accommodations will be valuable
to those planning classroom activities and other academic and co-curricular
Among the holidays listed for Wiccan followers is Beltane,
an event in May to celebrate the arrival of summer and
wishing for fertility in the coming year, The Daily Mail reports. Another summer
festival, Litha, is marked by lighting bonfires and staying up all night to
watch the sun rise.
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February 14 - Big Brother televisions: Intel is the latest firm to announce TV box that spies on you and selects ads that match your behaviour
Campaigners today warned of a 'seismic
shift' in privacy invasion after it emerged that Intel was the latest company
set to market a television set-top box equipped
with a camera that stares back at viewers.
The company, which makes
the microchips found inside most personal computers, has launched an entirely
new division, Intel Media, to make and market the Orwellian streaming-television
Erik Huggers, vice-president of Intel Media, said
the new service would offer users a TV 'that is
much more personal, that learns about you, that actually cares about who you
The camera, Intel claims,
will enable them to personalise the interactive features of their product, so
that different members of the same household can be served programming and
advertising specific to them. Intel is only the latest company to develop a
television product that contains a camera and sensors designed to watch what
viewers are up to.
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