This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Components Corporation:

  • The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate, and the National Aeronautics Space Administration’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have developed a new radar-based technology to help recover victims trapped beneath toppled buildings caused by natural disasters and man-made catastrophes. Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency, or FINDER, can detect a human’s heartbeat buried beneath 30 feet of crushed materials, hidden behind 20 feet of solid concrete, and from a distance of one hundred feet in open spaces.
  • Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have developed a superior technique to help make sense of the vast quantities of video that are going to be produced by wearable camera technologies. The technique will use machine learning to automatically analyze recorded information, and assemble a better short story of the footage. Better video summarization should improve important in helping military commanders manage data coming in from soldiers’ cameras; investigators trying to sift through cellphone video data in the wake of disasters; and senior citizens using video summaries of their days to compensate for memory loss.
  • Lantronix has announced PremierWave XC HSPA(plus), a new high-speed cellular solution designed to fast track M2M application development on mobile networks.  Leveraging the latest 3.5G cellular technology, PremierWave XC HSPA(plus) brings M2M connectivity to devices or equipment in remote or hard to reach places that can’t use Wi-Fi or wired connection. Its Ethernet to cellular routing means that in the absence of Ethernet, PremierWave XC HSPA(plus) will automatically jump the user to cellular so there’s no down-time.  It also has point and click functionality that offers customization via simple configuration.
  • A new startup company called BeLuvv, is combining wearable devices with software applications to create a secure safety network for children known as the Guardian. Parents can now easily pinpoint the whereabouts of their children anytime, anywhere with their smartphones and the aid of Guardian’s vast network. With this new technology, hopefully we can get rid of those kid harnesses so that this doesn’t happen anymore.

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