Samsung created an in-vehicle version of its DeX platform in hopes that it can replace the computers cops and first responders have to carry around. Now, the Chicago Police Department has announced that it’s taking the system for a spin to see if it can truly be an effective companion for law enforcement officers. CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson said nearly half of all the officers in the city already have department-issued Samsung phones. When the pilot launches, they’ll be able to access police apps on their vehicle’s dash-mounted display simply by docking their phones.
The pilot test will first roll out to officers from CPD’s 11th district this year. According to Samsung’s announcement, the DeX system will allow them to accomplish tasks like accessing computer-aided dispatch and other CPD systems to conduct background checks from their cars. Further, they’ll be able to immediately attach any photo or video evidence they take with their phones to their reports.
“The old computers had to stay in the cars,” CPD Bureau of Technical Services chief Jonathan Lewin explained. “With this solution, it really creates an ecosystem that takes all the technology and makes it available to officers on the street in real-time and at significantly less cost than we are paying now.”
Samsung says authorities could also use DeX docks in police stations, allowing officers to pick up where they left off on their phones or their cars as soon as they get back. It’s not clear if CPD is also considering using DeX in their headquarters, though — that might depend on how the pilot testing goes.
Best of everything in tech and gadgets we’ve seen recently
At Gadget Flow, we’re constantly scouring the online world for the best new and interesting gadgets for our readers. And we’ve come across quite a treasure trove as of late. Check out today’s roundup of the best in tech and gadgets we’ve seen recently. We have so many new favorites to tell you about.
With IFA 2020 just ending and Apple rumors around the corner, there have been a lot of exciting new tech updates recently. We are surprised to see some really cool designs in everyday tech that will surely surprise you. From beautiful smart photo frames to robot vacuums, the designs are getting sleeker while the technology is getting even smarter.
Having said that, let’s take a look at the 15 best tech and gadgets that will make you appreciate innovation in a whole new way. It seems like we’re gearing up for a more design-inspired tech world.
Autel EVO II Pro 6K Folding Drone
First on our best of everything in tech roundup is the Autel EVO II Pro 6K Folding Drone. This impressive gadget gives you 360º obstacle avoidance and can record up to one billion colors.
Neato D Series Robotic Vacuums
Remove up to 99.97% of the allergens on your floor with the Neato D Series Robotic Vacuums. Available in three models, one will definitely have the capabilities that fit your needs, including one with LIDAR-based technology.
Meural WiFi Photo Frame Digital Picture Display
You’ll love the Meural WiFi Photo Frame Digital Picture Display. This home gadget uploads albums right from your smartphone so you can keep your memories throughout your home or office.
Amazon Halo Health and Wellness Band
Another great item on our best of everything in tech list is the Amazon Halo Health and Wellness Band. This useful device monitors your health data and even makes a digital 3D model of your body.
MSI Summit E Series Business Laptops
Increase your productivity with the MSI Summit E Series Business Laptops. Excellent for remote work, these laptops use the 11th Gen Intel processor and have an infrared camera that’s compatible with Windows Hello facial recognition.
Gigabyte Aorus 15P Portable Laptop
Professional gamers will get everything they need with the Gigabyte Aorus 15P Portable Laptop, another great item on our best of everything in tech guide. This gaming laptop gives you a 144 Hz refresh rate and boasts the Intel Core i7-10750H processor.
LIFX Clean Antibacterial Smart Bulb
Sanitize surfaces and kill bacteria with the LIFX Clean Antibacterial Smart Bulb. This smart home gadget emits high-energy violet light to kill bacteria like E.coli. It also works with voice assistants and connects to Wi-Fi for easy scheduling.
Weekend-Works Circle Watch Aesthetic Smartwatch
Enjoy a smartwatch with an edge-to-edge screen with the Weekend-Works Circle WatchAesthetic Smartwatch. The extra-large display makes everything easy to see, and its 15º tilt makes sure you always get a good view.
DJI Osmo Mobile 4 Foldable Phone Gimbal
You’ll love the magnetic design of the DJI Osmo Mobile 4 Foldable Phone Gimbal. This video stabilizer is easy to use and offers gesture control.
Panasonic Cubie Steam Convection Oven Versatile Microwave
Cook a range of meals with the Panasonic Cubie Steam Convection Oven Versatile Microwave. This useful microwave helps you steam healthfully and is large enough to accommodate a sizeable amount of food.
Vue Lite Everyday Smart Glasses
You’ll be amazed at how thin and stylish the Vue Lite Everyday Smart Glasses are. Great for all-day wear, these glasses let you listen to your favorite songs, make calls, and access the internet via voice assistants.
LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier Battery-Powered Face Mask
Another great device on our best of everything in tech roundup is the LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier Battery-Powered Face Mask. This mask features two H13 HEPA filters to provide you with fresh air indoors or outdoors.
8Bitdo TG16 2.4 Wireless Gamepad
Game completely free of lag with the 8Bitdo TG16 2.4 Wireless Gamepad. This new gadget looks a little retro, but it has all the modern capabilities you need, including 18 hours of battery life.
Blink Indoor Security Camera
The Blink Indoor Security Camera is one of our best of everything in tech items because you won’t have to change its battery for two years. It’s also wireless, which means you can keep it wherever you like.
CLMBER Pure Workout Machine
The CLMBER Pure Workout Machine boasts a cutting-edge companion app. Developed for commercial use, this workout machine gives you all the stats you need and keeps your body in the proper position throughout your workout.
Well, there you have it. These are the best of everything in tech and gadgets that we’ve seen recently. And we’re pretty sure you’ll agree with us that there are a ton of exciting new things out there. Let us know your thoughts about these items in the comments.
COULD FACEBOOK’S 3D PRINTED VIRTUAL REALITY GLOVES BE ANNOUNCED FOR OCULUS AT CONNECT?
Created alongside researchers from Cornell University, the devices feature soft pneumatic actuators which “measure localized force” and provide “haptic feedback” for users. Given that Facebook established Reality Labs to oversee the development of VR for its Oculus Rift gaming subsidiary, the 3D printed gloves could yet be part of the upcoming conference.
3D printing soft robotics devices
Devices constructed using soft matter have inherent shock absorbency, load management, and passive energy recapturing advantages over those made using conventional synthetic materials. Soft tissues are particularly useful within robotics, where their low moduli and large extensibility enable the creation of flexible bots that can be deformed into almost any state without breaking.
Silicone rubbers are ideal for creating soft robots due to their thermal resistance qualities and chemical inertness. Despite this, conventional fabrication processes often involve replica or injection molding, which only yields simple, prismatic shapes. Recent rubber research has investigated using liquid silicone materials as inks for extrusion-based 3D printing, but their modified properties have also weakened their crosslinking density.
As a result of the material’s reduced strength, extrusion-based samples have shown limited print fidelity for overhanging features, causing them to slump prior to curing. Other research teams have used stereolithography (SLA) techniques to produce parts with liquid resins, providing greater stability, but not the same toughness as commercially-available rubbers.
What’s more, the processing requirements of SLA demand the use of a stable, low-viscosity resin, which has prevented conventional approaches from being used to strengthen them. As an alternative strategy, the research team hypothesized that creating Double Networks (DNs) wherein two polymers occupy the same volume, would provide a rubber with enhanced strength.
Within the team’s new approach, the two polymeric layers have different qualities and functions. The outer layer is brittle and dissipates energy, while the secondary network remains intact, and is able to sustain heavy loading. Leveraging their DNs, the researchers proposed that they could not just match the strength qualities of commercial rubbers, but also bond the printed objects with other substrates.
The team’s double-silicone 3D printing material
In order to create their new material, the researchers used a thiol-ene silicone formulation as a base due to its low viscosity, rapid gelation, and high reaction conversion qualities. By contrast, the secondary polymer in the DN needs to form its own distinct network, so the team used a Mold Max Series resin due to their inherent toughness and rigidity.
The two-stage combination process saw the rubbers formed sequentially into a photocured thiol-ene silicone and a mechanically robust condensation-cured silicone. Subsequent infrared spectroscopy testing revealed that the relative mass fraction of the two networks could be tuned to adjust the resin’s printability and mechanical performance.
For instance, increasing the loading of the condensation network was found to improve the tensile strength of the final part dramatically, from 0.008 MPa in the ‘green’ part to 0.92 MPa. Leveraging four different tin-based rubber materials, the team then experimented with changing the base material in their DN to adjust its mechanical characteristics.
A similar regime of printable blends emerged, with each having a low enough viscosity to enable SLA 3D printing. The tin-based materials tended to dominate the mix, by providing a higher level of strength, while integrating elastomers provided more customizable performance through different crosslink densities. To demonstrate the applications of their novel polymer network in surgical models, the team later created a hollow 3D printed heart.
Although the cardiac replica was unable to fully replicate the complex mechanical performance of natural tissue, it did possess an elastic modulus similar to that of its biological counterpart. As a result, the joint team’s silicone could be deployed in the future by trainee surgeons for practicing procedures. Combining the flexibility and strength of the DN also allowed the team to create an orthotic glove with four 3D printed pneumatic actuators.
Not only did the device allow for dexterous manipulation, but the bonded structures continued to survive hundreds of movement cycles for more than ten months of usage. According to the team, their glove had proved so robust, that its soft actuators could be integrated into other garments, yielding a new type of wearable soft robotic device.
With Facebook Connect just a week away, the team’s timely advances in soft robotics could yet have a role in the future of VR as well.
Soft robotics and additive manufacturing
In recent years, researchers from a number of institutions have experimented with 3D printing soft robotics, yielding additive innovations in all sorts of shapes and sizes.
A research team from Linköping University, Sweden, has used a custom extrusion-based 3D printer to fabricate a set of microactuators for soft micro robotics. The actuators contain an electrically-active polymer that changes shape once stimulated by an electrical charge.
Scientists from the University of California San Diego have used 3D printing to create flexible, walking “insect-like” robots. The team’s budget-minded production technique is designed to lower the cost of entry to fabricating soft robotics.
Researchers from Zhejiang University of Technology, Tianjin University, Nanjing Institute of Technology, and Ritsumeikan University, have 3D printed a soft robotic finger. The device is operated using an embedded electrode sensor, meaning that it doesn’t require an external power source.
The researchers’ findings are detailed in their paper titled “3D printable tough silicone double networks,” which was published in the Nature Communications journal. The report was co-authored by Thomas J. Wallin, Leif-Erik Simonsen, Wenyang Pan, Kaiyang Wang, Emmanuel Giannelis, Robert F. Shepherd and Yiğit Mengüç.
Sony wants to bring more PS4-exclusive games to PC
Horizon Zero Dawn and Death Stranding won’t be the last PS4 exclusives to hit PC. Faced with competition from PC gaming, a compromise seems to have been reached. Maybe the dream of playing Bloodborne and future PS5 games on our PC will come true eventually.
The news comes from Sony’s Corporate Report 2020. This report includes some interesting elements on the group’s direction for shareholders, for example on page 43, in the main elements of their gaming strategy, it’s clearly mentioned ” We will explore expanding our 1st party titles to the PC platform, in order to promote further growth in our profitability.” as “Competition from online PC games and players from other industries is expected to continue to intensify. “
The many games exclusive to Sony consoles have certainly been a strong argument for many gamers to buy a PS4. In addition, buying these games on the PS store is much more profitable for Sony.
However, it seems that their recent tests with Horizon Zero Dawn and Death Stranding, released respectively 3 years later for one, and 6 months later for the other, have pushed them to reassess their position. It is likely that a temporary exclusivity will be enough to achieve the desired effect, mentioned above, without missing out on the large population of PC-only gamers.