So many interesting developments are happening in the world of technology every day. With the police now using face recognition software and MIT students making ice-cream printers it can be hard to keep updated about technology. The Weekly Techno Briefs helps you with news from this fascinating and constantly changing world.
Fastest face recognition technology in UK
With more than six million CCTV cameras in operation, Britain is the most-watched country in the world. London's police officers are trialing body-worn cameras to help bring about "speedier justice," but only now are other forces beginning to find efficient ways to process that surveillance. Leicestershire Police has confirmed it has become the first force in the UK to test NEC's NeoFace face recognition software, which it hopes will "transform the way criminals are tracked down." NeoFace's strengths lie in analysing "dozens" of facial features from digital images captured by CCTV or police body cameras and matching them with the 90,000 photos stored on Leicestershire Police's database.
NeoFace face recognition
Have you heard about the ice-cream printer?
Three students at MIT have created a homemade ice cream printer that extrudes soft serve and immediately freezes it so that it can be layered on a cooled plate. The system is a proof-of-concept right now but they were able to print some clever shapes out of the sweet cream. The students used a Solidoodle printer to control the plate and the stream, and froze the ice cream as it came out with liquid nitrogen.
Kinect sensor for Disney
Disney has emerged as one of the first firms to have put to use the second version of Microsoft's Kinect sensor outside of an Xbox game. Disney will use the voice-motion sensor as part of a PC-powered interactive campaign for a forthcoming children's film.
Link: BBC News
New fighter pilot helmet delivers night vision without goggles
The brand new Striker II helmet includes a night vision camera that projects its footage on to the visor's high-resolution display, giving the pilot a good look at the outside world without the need for extra equipment. The tech should be far more comfortable during lengthy missions, especially in sharp turns where G-forces make any added weight an extra challenge.
Google has big plans for Indian Smartphone users
Google is planning a big advertising campaign for its Android One initiative in India according to recent sources. The Indian market is huge and smartphones haven’t penetrated there like they have in the US or even other emerging markets like China. By getting in while the Indian Smartphone market is still in its infancy, Google has a chance to capture a significant portion of it as people are still deciding their preferences in operating system.
Samsung launches premium headphones
With sales of its premium smartphones failing to live up to expectations, Samsung is moving into another potentially high-margin business: premium headphones. With prices ranging from US$149 (€110) for its “Level In” in-ear buds to US$349 (€257) for its wireless, noise-cancelling “Level Over” headphones, Samsung seems to be going after the same premium, design-centric market as Beats, the headphone maker Apple purchased back in May for US$3 billion (€2.2 billion).
New subscription service for Kindle e-books
Amazon appears to be preparing a new subscription service that allows subscribers to download as many Kindle e-books and audio books as they like. The firm uploaded images that indicate the available library would include more than 600,000 titles including the Hunger Games trilogy and the Harry Potter series.
Link: BBC News
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