This high-speed SSD from Western Digital uses biometric authentication to keep your data safe!

Imagine you’re on the bus going home from work following the last day of a month-long campaign project that required endless planning, emails, flawless execution, and the effort of a whole team of workers, from production assistants to creative directors. You’ve been put in charge of keeping the hard drive safe for the weekend, but you fall asleep on the bus and don’t notice it as it falls from your backpack to the floor, to the hands of a computer sleuth aptly prepared for infiltrating your data. Unknowingly, you lost not only all of the data required to launch the campaign, but also the time, effort, and peace of mind of your whole team. Not only that but now the hard drive could be anywhere, could be with anyone.

To help you avoid this exact situation and your inevitable panic, Western Digital unveiled a new high-level security platform for storage with G-Technology’s ArmorLock-Encrypted NVMe SSD. I know – what does all that mean? Essentially, Western Digital equipped G-Technology’s SSD with biometric authentication security so that even if your hard-earned data were to fall into the hands of trolls or hackers, they’d need your fingerprint to access any of it. Without compromising the hard drive’s speed or reliability, each Armorlock encrypted NVMe SSD is built with high-grade 256-bit AES-XTS hardware encryption, known for its impenetrability in the grips of eager hackers, and NIST P-256 elliptic curve-based key management, which encrypts hard drives with multi-factor authentication steps that only the owners can register and carry out.

By connecting the hard drive to your personal or business smartphone via Bluetooth, the risk of your SSD falling prey to prying eyes decreases significantly – so you better hold on tight to your smartphone. Once disconnected, the Armorlock encrypted NVMe SSD automatically locks and requires biometric authentication for further use. In addition to the added security measures, the Armorlock encrypted NVMe SSD’s core is built from cool aluminum for an integrated and efficient cooling system, bringing its pro-grade transfer speeds up to 1000MB/s for reading and 1000MB/s for writing. Ditching passcodes for bio-scanning, the trademarked Armorlock encrypted NVMe SSD and accompanying app also protect your data through GPS tracking, secure erasure, and self-formatting.

Designer: Western Digital

With three-meter drop protection, 1,000-pound crush resistance, and IP67 dust and water resistance, this SSD can take care of its own.

With user-management protection, only those with prior authorization from the hard drive’s owner can unlock the SSD via biometric authentication.

LED indicator lights near the hard drive’s head signal whether the user is locked out or if access has been granted.

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Gravity Sketch, the popular VR 3D modeling software, is now completely free to use

The go-to VR CAD modeling app for a large chunk of the design industry, Gravity Sketch, has announced it is shifting from a paid application to a free app on the Oculus (Rift + Quest) stores and Steam. The decision comes as the company experienced healthy growth in the app’s usage over the pandemic. In July, Gravity Sketch debuted its collaborative feature codenamed Co-Creation that allowed multiple teams to remotely work on projects together, leaving feedback, making edits, and proposing new ideas within the same project, which would get synchronized with the new edits and changes in real-time. The Co-Creation feature was unveiled within Landing Pad, Gravity Sketch’s cloud-based product, in the hopes to make working from home easier during the pandemic.

In November, the company announced it had raised $3.7 million in seed funding, which would go a long way in helping the app achieve its “mission to help creatives work more effectively and expressively with digital media”. On January 25th, the app will become absolutely free on all platforms for individual users, while remaining paid for business and enterprise users. The app will even be able to support IGES and FBX model types (FBX was only supported on tethered PC headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive), helping further democratize digital 3D design by lifting any barriers for creatives to get involved. Gravity Sketch is even working on an iPad 3D modeling app which is currently in its beta stage. This expansion and the shift to the free business model will help bring more nascent designers and companies into the fold, allowing them to use the same 3D modeling and visualization software currently used by some of the world’s leading companies, such as Ford, Nissan and Reebok, alongside 60 universities and over 50,000 creative professionals worldwide.

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Unveiled at CES 2021, the world’s first robot dog with decentralized AI does everything but walk on water!

Robot dogs have come a long way since Sega Toys’ Poo-Chi hit the scene. I still remember the day I got my Poo-Chi, whose digital bark soon turned into what sounded like a chain-smoking robot’s panic signal. Since its debut in 2000, Poo-Chi, along with many other robotic dog products have seen some major modifications and upgrades. Today, the world’s first decentralized AI robotic dog has been unveiled at CES 2021 by KODA Inc. Designed to offer both emotional companionship and practical, physical support, KODA, Inc.’s DAI robotic dog “is the perfect combination of function and performance,” as CEO of KODA, Inc., Emma Russell puts it.

Unlike the Poo-Chi, who couldn’t even hold its note singing “Ode to Joy,” KODA, Inc.’s robotic dog comes with four 3-D cameras, a single 13-megapixel front-facing camera, an ergonomic structure that incorporates realistic dog-like features such as a purely aesthetic tail, 14 high-torque motors with two on the neck offering full-range mobility for activities like climbing the stairs or trudging through snow, along with an 11 Teraflop processing unit. Since KODA, Inc. is dedicated to providing technology-based solutions to help people with everyday problems, either chronic or otherwise, the secure blockchain network of KODA robot-dogs is closely monitored and cross-checked for consistent and effective AI improvements. For instance, a KODA, Inc. robot-dog in Detroit might be the first to slip on a patch of ice, but thanks to a “futureproof,” supercomputing network, robot-dogs who find their home in a warmer climate will know not to slip on a patch of ice even if the dog’s home ground temperature might never call for one.

The development of decentralized artificial intelligence is integral to the success of robot-operated emotional and physical support products. Decentralized AI essentially equips the built-in software with the ability to solve the reasoning, planning, learning, and decision-making problems that centralized artificial intelligence does not compute. By endowing the robotic dog with Decentralized AI technological capabilities, KODA, Inc. provides a robotic, smart companion that can offer care and guidance for several different purposes including but not limited to, simple companionship, walking guidance for blind users, protective services as a tech-savvy guard dog, or KODA, Inc.’s robotic dog can operate as an animalistic personal assistant capable of solving ordinarily complex issues.

Designer: KODA, Inc.