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Real-Time Facial Recognition – Dash Board and Body Cams!

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

The criminal element seems to get smarter and smarter by the moment. For these reasons there are several advancements in technology that law enforcement does not share to stay ahead of the criminal mind, while not fully disclosing what their capabilities are.  One technology in law enforcement that has become public knowledge is their facial recognition software which allows them to use pictures or sketches of individuals to check their criminal, warrant, missing persons, and illegal immigrant databases.  The software connects to several different databases and can take some time if all it has is facial recognition. It takes that much longer if it is a partial image, if its blurry, or no description is added such as name, address, dob, etc.  For this reason, people are detained to allow the software time to run and fully check the various databases and ensure the records being displayed are the records for the person law enforcement is seeking or already has in custody.

Another new technology which has been added to the law enforcement arsenal is the use of body cams. This addition has come not only to recognize the criminal element, but also to lawfully protect civilians and officers in the event of a negative interaction. The footage can be viewed and used once the camera is recovered and the images downloaded into the system. Officers and civilians alike have new found confidence in knowing that interactions with each other now have a historical map for others to see the event as it unfolded. This technology is still being introduced to all aspects of law enforcement and is rapidly becoming the standard for all to follow.

With both facial recognition software and body cams, law enforcement has a greater edge at continuing to spot criminals and their activities. But, there is more.  A Boston based startup company called Neurala specializing in Artificial Intelligence, has teamed up with Motorola build what they call “real-time learning for a person of interest”. The “real-time learning for a person of interest” is a term they are using to describe an “unnamed” system that incorporates both body cam and facial recognition.  The founder of the startup company, Massimiliano Versace, already has patents pending on this AI version of facial recognition software.

Versace developed a technology which is based on using AI to rapidly go through codes which are developed through facial recognition software.  By using AI to go through the codes, the information is processed faster and can be harnessed from even smaller computers.  By using smaller computers, Versace’s intent is to place the micro-computers into body cams.  Some may say a smaller computer is not a big deal, but for world of technology and computing, that is a very big deal. The ability to utilize bulky applications on a smaller computer means less storage space and less processor requirements to complete complex jobs that larger machines are used to complete today.

A deeper look at how the system works is that, the AI would essentially network between each other in the various body cams the same a hive would operate. They would constantly be on in a camera going through a stream of images and rapidly sharing the information between databases and each network of body cams. In this case, the AI would and could capture an image that a law enforcement official might not have or alert an official of the presence of a criminal or missing person that is nearby caught by another body cam.  More importantly, the AI would constantly be updated in real-time, which means that the minute a criminal is apprehended, or a missing person is found, the image would be removed, and the databases would be instantly updated. The same scenario would take place for new criminals or new missing persons.

There are many possibilities for this new technology that it will change the face of how not only law enforcement detects criminals and missing persons, but also how computers interact. Artificial Intelligence is a technology which is rapidly gaining momentum as we integrate it into homes, smartphones, computers, and the way we live. IT GURUS OF ATLANTA will steadily provide updates concerning Neurala, Motorola, and how they plan to deploy this evolving technology. Clearly Artificial Intelligence is changing the landscape of how we interact with each other. Just how far we go, stay tuned and subscribe to our newsletter as we explore and learn together.

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Retinal Scans, SmartPhones, and No More Car Keys!

Monday, September 25th, 2017

The wave of the future keeps getting brighter and brighter as 2017 pushes forward. So many advances that IT GURUS OF ATLANTA has covered and have still yet to cover. One of the most recent innovations comes with car makers now speaking of Retinal Scans to replace conventional car keys. This innovation could revolutionize the way how car makers produce their lineup of cars and the way how consumers utilize cars in the future.  This software is to be integrated as an app from the car maker and then integrated with the user’s smartphone hardware to make each user’s experience unique.

The concept uses NFC, which is called Near-field communications. Near-filed communications utilizes the retinal scan capabilities of devices such as the iPhone X which does facial recognition. The cameras and the algorithms utilized in devices such as the iPhone X allow the security and unique values needed for automakers to place the app as a car key replacement on the device.  One of the major automakers that are pushing NFC is BMW which is noted to be one of the innovators that integrate technology with automobiles. Another concept which BMW is considering the use of the rear-view mirror to embed the security of NFC in order to gain access into the car’s systems. This would act as a secondary security feature on top of the initial retinal scan of the phone used to open the doors of the vehicle.  Gentex, which is a maker for rear view mirrors is the primary company spoken of at a recent Frankfurt Auto Show to integrate this technology.

BMW board member, Ian Robertson, recently told Reuters, “People never take the key out of their pockets.  So why do I need to carry it around? We are looking at whether it is feasible, and whether we can do it. Whether we do it right now or at some point in the future, remains to be seen.”  BMW already setting the trend prior to integrating this technology by priming the market with the current car keys. BMW is one of the few car makers which offers an LCD wireless key.  What this does is integrate the wireless capabilities of a cell phone and a key fob. BMW’s app currently allows car owners to unlock their car, remote start to warm up the car or cool it down prior to the user entering the vehicle. However, as a security feature, the car will not move without the physical key being present inside the vehicle.

Most of the backlash has come from security experts that question the thought of the car security being hacked and made easy for car thefts to be done. The more mobile and internet based access that physical objects have is a double-edged sword. There is the convenience of access, but there is also the security risk of making some tangible accessible by the intangible threats of hacking. Hackers are the most advanced criminal wave threatening the livelihood of society. Now financial, educational, government, and now automaker institutions join the ranks of other entities that are at risk to this growing threat by adding convenience to their products and services. However, with an ever-changing landscape of technology, if other carmakers are integrating the technology, then the other carmakers have little options but to join the standard to maintain their competitive edge.

Tesla the innovator in the electric car has already stepped up to the plate by offering along with their app, Tesla sends out NFC enabled key cards that allows the car to be unlocked or started by a single tap of the card. Tesla utilized Bluetooth technology that does the unlocking and starting of the vehicle. Tesla continues to innovate and many look towards their much anticipated 2018 models to be released. Tesla always raises the bar in terms of what is thought to be practical versus what is envisioned. Industry car makers and accessories manufacturers such as Gentex are envisioning the future with much successful technology implementations.

Gentex, which owns HomeLink, is in the process of integrating biometrical algorithms in order to allow access to cars. They are partnering with Delta ID to use their current ActiveIris technology to take their systems to the next level.  Currently HomeLink is embedded in most models of the rearview mirrors that are produced by Gentex. Homelink controls the garage doors from the vehicles when they approach or leave the home. Gentex is speaking of integrating current features which are part of an app which has security features such as facial, voice, and fingerprint recognition. The future of Gentex has a road map of including keyless car operation with manufacturers such as BMW, then expanding to full home-automation that includes lighting, security, and HVAC.

As this technology develops, integrates, and becomes mainstream, IT GURUS OF ATLANTA will be there every step of the way to give insightful updates and feature concepts that are innovative to the industry.

 

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Passenger Drone Now In The US – Order like a Taxi!

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Now who is ready for more state of the art technology? IT GURUS OF ATLANTA says the word is ready! When speaking of state of the art, we speak of the next level in technological advancements. Earlier this year we spoke about the new drones being pushed by Amazon that are being utilized to make their deliveries more efficient. Soon Amazon will be making deliveries to doorsteps of millions of homes in America once they have been approved by the government to do so. Now with even better drones being built by the hour, why not shape the way we travel while we are at it? Well a company in China is doing just that. The name of the company is called Ehang. Ehang has developed passenger drones which are capable of carrying passengers to and from locations the same way a drone would.

 

The prototype has been cleared for testing in the state of Nevada.  With the possibility of this passenger drone being sold commercially, this is a huge move for the company to get their product in the US.  Ehang’s drone is capable of carrying 1 passenger for 23 minutes in any direction the same way a drone would. The passenger drone is capable of traveling at altitudes of 11,500 feet and moving at 63 mph. The drone is completely electric and comprised of 8 propellers, 4 main arms which has upper and lower arms, can carry up to 264lbs, and has the same features of a conventional quadcopter.

 

Ehang partnered with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (Goed) in order to get approval for the testing in Nevada. The goal of the company is to unleash the possibilities of aerial transportation on a commercial level. The vision of the company is for passengers to input their destination in the drone then allow the drone to complete the trip autonomously. These tests in Nevada are necessary in order for the FAA to approve the Ehang 184 for commercial use. Nevada has been noted as one of the forward-thinking states to allow the testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads such as the Google self-driving car.

 

 

The vehicle would not have any controls for the passenger to use. They would simply program their destination in their app, the vehicle would arrive to pick them up, and then take them to their destination. This would be done with very little interaction. As a backup, the company states that it would instill a remote-control center which would take over the vehicle in case any problems arise.

 

Being that this is cutting edge on the market, Ehang has matched the price with the demand by asking for $200,000 to $300,000 per vehicle. Even with the drone being tested currently, it still has hurdles to overcome such as being able to use the 4G wireless network in order to utilize the GPS, divert from potential hazards, and detect more efficient routes. The current concerns of the FAA is that there are no controls as well as safety concerns which the tests in Nevada will have to overcome.

With the growth of drone usage and autonomous vehicles taking over in companies such as Uber, Lyft, Google self-driving, and now the Ehang 184, it is clear that autonomous vehicles are here to stay. No longer are they a vision of the future or in sci-fi movies. The automation and sophistication of the future is now here in 2017.

 

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Apple iPhone 8

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

The anticipation is rising and the peak is nowhere near in sight yet. We are less than a month away from the launching the new flag ship from Apple. After many rumors and reported leaks over the 10th year anniversary device, the truth about what Apple has been doctoring up has finally surfaced. To the delight of many Apple fans, they can see that it is worth the wait. This flag ship phone from Apple is designed to change the way how people use this device for years to come, not just from a technology standpoint but also from the ability to gain access to information with the least effort.

 

This new roll out of the iPhone is not just one phone but a flag ship of the iPhone 8 accompanied by 3 other phones from Apple. The first of which is the iPhone 7S and the iPhone 7S Plus. All phones are not only an upgrade to the existing line of Apple iPhone, but also a demonstration of the latest in technology from Apple. Many carriers have already primed up their users to utilize their “upgrade every year” plans to accommodate the new technology being rolled out by Apple.

 

Security Features Integrated

The iPhone 8 has cutting edge design features that are never before seen by Apple or any of their product lines. Starting from the edge to edge feature of the display which no longer encompasses a hardware based “home” button. The home button is now built into the display with the fingerprint touch integrated into the screen.  Combining this feature along with the new integrated facial recognition enhances the security features of this new product.

Wireless Charging

No more cords to require the phones to connect to electrical outlets. Now simply place the phone on top of a wireless charging station and the phone will charge the same way it would with the fast charging of the cord charger.  This new charging feature which has already been utilized by Android devices is called inductive charging. The compatibility of Apple’s wireless charger is yet to be depicted as with most Apple products, Apple has ensured that their products are limited on their compatibility with other manufacturers.

Body Style and Design

The new body style of the iPhone encompasses a new stainless-steel design which has a glass body. This means that the back of the phone where the Apple symbol is located, it is encompassed in the stainless-steel body. The display is constructed of the hard guerrilla glass making it transparent, but still yet durable against normal wear and tear.  This new body is going to be available in multiple colors with a reflective mirror-like finish to add sleekness to the design.

Waterproof and Water resistance

The current iPhone 7 has waterproof and water resistance capabilities that have astonished Apple users by allowing them the ability to get their phone’s wet without the stress. This also comes with the ability for the phones to be submerged under water for up to 30 minutes. Apple has new improved features for this capability that is said to be game changing for the entire industry. The current iPhone 7 has an IP rating of IP67, but the new iPhone will have a rating of IP68.

Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality Technology

Apple has stepped up their game with the ability to integrate VR games and technology with their AR capabilities. One of the key features to take note of is the rear-facing 3D laser that allows the user to experience a better depth perception.  Depth perception is a key feature with VR as that is how a person can tell how big, tall, wide, short, deep, or shallow an object is. The better the depth effect is the more real the experience is for the user.

Increase in Memory

The current Apple line of iPhones supports the minimal memory of 32 GB, but the new iPhone 8 will support a minimum memory of 64GB, meaning that the new line of iPhones will have a much larger memory capacity than the current capacity of 256GB on the high end. The new line of Apple iPhones will have a much larger capacity which has not been revealed yet.

 

While the rest of the world is gearing up for this much-anticipated release from Apple for their coveted anniversary, IT GURUS OF ATLANTA preps for the release date on September 22nd, 2017, that we can deep dive into the specs as we take a part the phone from screen to CPU detailing all the specs that are currently listed.

 

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New Tech Possible Use in Mayweather Vs. McGregor Fight! Blending Physical with Tech!

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Now who in the world of technology, sports, or entertainment has not heard of the huge Main Event on Saturday, August 26th, 2017. The main event which I am speaking of is McGregor Vs. Mayweather. This fight has been all over the news since the beginning of the name calling, extravagant photo scenes, press conferences, and live appearances by both boxers to show their personalities. From the young to the old which has a television, smartphone, tablet, computer, radio, or just general access to the internet has heard of this event for months in the making. McGregor coming from a Mixed Martial arts background winning multiple titles to Mayweather which is an undefeated boxing legend, both these box office smashers bring a plethora of experience from different arenas to this one history making event.  These two titans are engaged to a battle which will reveal one victor.

As sports fans and entertainment enthusiasts gather to watch the event either live or via multiple broadcasting platforms, technology experts are geared up to see the possibility of the introduction of a new technology to the Main Event arena. This new technology which we speak of is called “StrikeTec”. These are wearable sensors which the boxers would wear to keep track of their movements, force, number of punches thrown, and speed. This valuable data can give accurate information which the naked eye can sometimes miss and data that can be further used for training and even gaming software.

The StrikeTec wearable sensors progress and learn along with the user. The more the user wears the devices is the more accurate the data is evaluating the performances and giving meaningful insights and reports designed to increase performance.  Coaches can use the data to determine the force of a punch, the speed at which the punches are being thrown, and determine the exhaustion rate more accurately than ever. More than just using previous techniques that have been effective in the past, this data can prove that technology can blend naturally with physical improvement.

 

 

 

The sensors themselves are 7mm in height and 18mm in length. The sensors are attached to the user’s wristband and communicates via Bluetooth to the StrikeTec Boxing Training App. The user’s routines, and current stats are translated into real-time data which is used to determine how the coach will increase or decrease the boxer’s activities during a fight.

 

Between Mayweather and McGregor, it is possible to see this technology being utilized to analyze how the boxers are performing and how the coaches communicate with them. Even though unconfirmed that McGregor and Mayweather fight will be using this exact technology, the boxing and technology world is a buzz with the possibilities that technology and boxing are blending in this huge Main Event.

For the gamers amongst us, this data will surely be used in future games to be brought out by EA sports and other large gaming companies. Previously the data from fights and training of these boxers were either compiled through the naked eye in the past or through suits the boxers wear with multiple sensors to monitor movement. The data used in previous games was sometimes viewed as biased, however, with the current evolution of technology and its accuracy gamers are certain to get more accuracy with their games. This invaluable data which is currently being captured by StrikeTec is not only being transitioned from boxing, but into other sports such as Mixed Martial Arts, and Kickboxing. As the water resistant capabilities expand with this technology, swimming and other water sports are sure to follow in the line of sports that this technology will be used to monitor athletes! IT GURUS OF ATLANTA is always there at the edge of cutting edge technology and we will embrace the efforts of StrikeTec as they expand their growing reaching in the sporting arena.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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