DARPA Funds Military “Smart-Suit” Wearable Tech Research
The suit, which is expected to include sensors and its own energy source, will be designed to delay the onset of fatigue, enabling soldiers to travel further in the field, while also supporting the body and protecting it from injuries when the soldier is carrying heavy loads.
A team of bioengineers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard will work on the project.
The suit is designed to be lightweight, efficient and nonrestrictive… It will be made from soft, wearable devices that will be connected to stretchable sensors for monitoring the body’s biomechanics.
Another technology that is expected to be part of the suit will produce low-level vibrations that should increase the body’s sensory functions and should give the wearer a better sense of balance.
A federal judge estimates that his fellow federal judges issue a total of 30,000 secret electronic surveillance orders each year—and the number is probably growing. Though such orders have judicial oversight, few emerge from any sort of adversarial proceeding and many are never unsealed at all. Those innocent of any crime are unlikely to know they have ever been the target of an electronic search. Full story
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Spanish Government Deploys Robotic Fish to Monitor Maritime Pollution
The robots are battery powered and capable of running for 8 hours between charges. At the moment the researchers have to recover them by boat, but their plan is that the fish will return to a charging station by themselves.
Working in a group, the fish can cover a 1 kilometre-square region of water, down to a depth of 30 metres. They communicate with each other and a nearby base-station using very low-frequency sound waves, which can penetrate the water more easily than radio waves. However, this means the fish have a low data transmission rate and can only send short, predefined messages. “It’s a good solution, but it requires thinking carefully about what data to transmit and how to use that data,” says Kristi Morgansen, a roboticist at the University of Washington, who was not involved in the research.
The new service will seek to “make sure officers are in the right locations to pursue those requirements,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the “realignment” of the military’s classified human espionage efforts.
Dozens of universities and law-enforcement agencies have been given approval to use drones, according to documents obtained via FOIA requests by EFF.
More than 50 institutions received approval to operate drones including DHS, the police departments in North Little Rock, Ark., and Ogden, Utah, as well the University of North Dakota and Nicholls State University in Louisiana.
The FAA declined to comment.