Do you remember that viral video of the engineer that designed this glitter bomb for parcel-thieves? It was this over-engineered box that contained a motor, a centrifugal cup with glitter, a fart-bomb, and four smartphones that recorded the incredibly cathartic experience of seeing your parcel thief open the box only to be doused in glitter and sprayed with fart-spray. Thieves would see an unsuspecting box on a porch and pick it up. Once they opened it, the motor would trigger, sending glitter flying everywhere, and also actuating the fart bomb, giving the thief an appropriately frustrating lesson. Most thieves would immediately dispose of the box after they were ‘punished’ and the designer would use the smartphones’ GPS to locate his decoy glitter-box-of-justice.
While this glitterbomb box was designed as a purely vengeful tactic, it was the result of the engineer, Mark Rober, being a victim of parcel theft in the first place. Rober designed the glitter-bomb after being a victim to parcel theft. He was at work when an Amazon executive delivered a parcel to his porch. Hours later, a random woman appeared on the porch, picked up the parcel, and walked off casually. Rober had security cameras that captured the act of theft, but that’s all they did. He watched helplessly as the footage showed a guy come and make off with his delivery, while there was nothing he could do.
Imagine a world where that entire scenario could be avoided. That’s the world that Deep Sentinel is trying to create. The company develops security cameras and AI that set up a security perimeter around your house, but that’s not all they do. Deep Sentinel doesn’t just record any criminal activity… it prevents it. Behind the camera and the security hub is Deep Sentinel’s growing team of surveillance guards who tirelessly sit and monitor footage. They instantly get an alert when something seems off, like if a stranger is approaching your window, or trying to pry open your door. The ‘LiveSentinel Surveillance Guards’ have a two-step procedure for dealing with this. Deep Sentinel’s cameras also come with a speaker module, allowing the agents to warn the criminals to stop. As the criminal looks at the camera, Deep Sentinel’s agents send the evidence to the nearest police station, calling for help. The system relies on three components that work together to make it incredibly successful. A. Artificial intelligence that detects people, animals and objects and interprets behavior in real time, segregating friendlies from non-friendlies, B. a team of guards or Sentinels that bring the element of human reconnaissance to the experience, and finally, C. the police force, which gets alerted promptly and with the necessary evidence.
The Deep Sentinel unit comes in two parts. A hub, which houses its own processor that records, analyzes, and stores the security footage, alerting the LiveSentinels only when necessary, and the main camera itself, which comes with a high-definition 1080p camera, 850nm Infrared LEDs for night vision, a 130° field of view, a loudspeaker module, and an alert LED ring, all wrapped into a weatherproof IP65 casing that allows the camera to work in practically any weather. The setup also comes devoid of extraneous wires and such and runs on batteries, making setting up an absolute dream, and allowing you to swiftly and effectively deploy the most efficient security team of Human and AI to guard your home at all times!
Wheels have the advantage of speed, but can’t move as efficiently on rough terrain. Legs, on the other hand, can move on any terrain, but can’t move as fast as wheels can. Combine both and you’ve got yourself the best of both worlds… the ability to traverse through rough land as well as glide on smooth roads. That’s what Hyundai seems to be teasing with the Elevate, an EV concept that they’re being extremely hush-hush about, but plan to reveal more at CES in Las Vegas next week.
The Elevate creates a new category of mobility, the UMV (ultimate mobility vehicle). The Elevate combines the power of robotics and EV technology to take people where no vehicle has been before. The company promises to reveal more on Monday at their press conference at the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center, but based on the render, the Elevate will probably find its most immediate use in emergency and rescue services.
Passwords are pretty much the vanguards of internet security. Your phone may have facial recognition or fingerprint scanning, but ultimately, to log into a secure account, you need a password, or a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters, known only by you. The Password is the most widely accepted form of security, but it isn’t entirely the most foolproof. People can guess your passwords, crack them, or gain access to them by breaching the servers that host your data. By adding a second layer of security (two-factor authentication) to your profiles, you make them secure, but you make logging in a much more arduous process, where the price of privacy is time and patience. Google’s Titan security key, however, makes 2FA (2-factor auth) easy by literally being a singular, physical key that unlocks your profiles. Within the Titan lies Google’s state-of-the-art firmware that allows only you, with your Titan Key, to log into your accounts. The firmware is so secure that Google’s 85,000 employees rely on them too.
The Titan comes in two device formats. A USB Key that works with laptops, and a Bluetooth-powered key module that lets you use Titan on your phone or tablet. The process is simple. Just enable 2FA and opt into the Titan security program. Then plug your Titan key in and you’re good to go. Every time you want to log into your G-Suite account (the Titan works with other major services like Facebook and Dropbox too), type your password in and tap the button on the Titan for that extra bit of verification.
Google envisions the Titan being perfect for IT professionals, politicians, journalists, and anyone who takes security seriously. The Titan adds that crucial, physical layer of security to your accounts so someone with your password can’t access your data without the physical Titan key. The Titan comes with a small size and a hole to let you attach it to your keyring with your other keys. Just maybe don’t lose the Titan!
I’ve always maintained that a robot should be built to do things humans can’t. Drones also fall in the same category. We can teach drones to perform high-risk activities and pull off rescue attempts that a human couldn’t do, either because of physical limitations, or because of health risks. This is the Net Guard Drone. It falls perfectly into the category I just described… well, ‘falls’ may not be the most appropriate word.
The Net Drone is a single unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made together by joining four identical quadrants with propellers. The drone takes off into the sky to rescue victims stuck at the top of high-rises in the event of a calamity requiring evacuation. It then, promptly, splits into four parts, as a safety net unfurls between the individual parts, creating a protective bed the victim can jump onto. Once the victim lands safely in the net, the drone carries them to safety, ensuring no human lives are endangered in the high-altitude, high-risk rescue attempt. While the technology to pull off such a complex rescue doesn’t really exist, the concept definitely makes a great case for how drones should be built in the future to assist humans in life-threatening situations.
The Net Guard is a winner of the Golden Pin Concept Design Award for the year 2018.
Designers: Liu Xiang, Diao Hao-Ming, Li Hao-Hu, Zhu Nan-Tong, Li Guo-Yu & Hu Zhen-Yuan (Guangdong Polytechnic University)