Warships are only as effective as far as they can see, so DARPA's Towed Airborne Lift Of Naval Systems (TALONS) research effort is aiming to extend their horizons by giving them a crow's nest 1,500 ft (457 m) tall by way of a towed parafoil. A TALONS prototype recently completed sea trials off the US East Coast as part of a project to provide ships of every size with better long-distance communications and situational awareness.
A new record distance has been set for the quantum teleportation of information over optical fibers. Researchers working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) claim to have transmitted the quantum information carried in light particles over 100 km, four times farther than previously achieved.
BAE Systems is in the
process of developing bone conduction technology for use by soldiers
on the battlefield. The helmet-based system will leverage the same
basic technology as that found in commercial bone amplifying
headphones, and should have the effect of allowing soldiers to hear
comms over the loudest battlefield noises.
We've seen a number of technologies that speak on behalf of paralyzed
people who are unable to do so. While some of these utilize cues as
subtle as eye movements,
the fact is that many severely paralyzed patients are unable to manage
even those. That's why researchers at Britain's Loughborough University
have created a system that speaks words based on the user's breathing.
Like many people who try (not) to use a mobile phone while mobile in an
auto, I have sound- and device-management issues. That's why I welcomed
the chance to try out the Parrot MINIKIT Neo 2 HD, a sleek hands-free
calling and speaker system that uses either Bluetooth or NFC to connect
up to two mobile devices at a time. Useable with or without its app and
either iOS or Android devices, it's a good choice for those who can't
afford a complicated stereo overhaul for their car and need to support
multiple phone operating systems.
Wi-Fi technology has helped bring a world of information to our fingertips via mobile devices, but a new certification program from the Wi-Fi Alliance aims to make the technology a bit more local. The Wi-Fi Aware protocol is designed to extend Wi-Fi's capabilities to improve on current proximity-based functions without the need for cellular, Wi-Fi hotspot or GPS connections.
Returning spacecraft hit the atmosphere at over five times the speed of sound, generating a sheath of superheated ionized plasma that blocks radio communications during the critical minutes of reentry. It's a problem that's vexed space agencies for decades, but researchers at China's Harbin Institute of Technology are developing a new method of piercing the plasma and maintaining communications.
The StoryHome is aimed at helping families to connect via storytelling. it allows family members to share stories with each other wherever they are in the world. If a grandparent records a story on one StoryHome device, it can be relayed to their grandkids as a bedtime story on another.
Following the much-hyped iOS launch back in March, Twitter's live broadcasting app Periscope has now landed on Android. Unveiled on Tuesday, the app carries the same functionality as its iOS sibling, but with a few minor differences unique to the Android platform.