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Boeing’s Black is a Self-Destructing Smartphone

Boeing Black Phone

 

 

 

Boeing has a top-secret phone in the works, and unfortunately it’s going to stay top-secret until its completion because it’s only going to be sold to government agencies. Dubbed as “Black,” it’s a smartphone that has a self-destruct feature when it’s tampered with, so the secrets and data it holds will remain a secret forever.

Boeing’s Bruce Olcott explains that the phone “will be sold primarily to government agencies and companies engaged in contractual activities with those agencies that are related to defense and homeland security. The device will be marketed and sold in a manner such that low-level technical and operational information about the product will not be provided to the general public.”

The phone will reportedly come with dual SIM card slots, a removable battery, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities. The phone will be able to operate on the GSM, WCDMA and LTE networks.

VIA [ Dvice ]

High-Tech Beauty: Activate Gadgets With a Wink and a Smile

Conducive Makeup

How you control your devices might soon change, thanks in part to these developments by computer scientist Katia Vega. Instead of actually manipulating your device or using a remote control, Vega envisions that people–specifically those who wear makeup–will be able to unlock or activate their devices by moving a certain part of their face. Not just any part, but parts where specialized makeup has been applied.

Apparently, Vega was able to come up with a method to integrate sensors and conductive elements to makeup. For example, when eyeshadow is applied to both the top and bottom of the person’s eye where metalized lashes have also been affixed, then a longer-than-usual blink will allow the sensors in the eyeshadow and lashes to connect, completing the circuit.

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Mind Blowing Future Graphic Manipulation Technology Extracts Structures From Images

3d_model

Imagine you can take a flat picture, and with just a few clicks, extract the three dimensional structures present. And not just extract them, but then manipulate them, transform them, copy them, and move them around the image. That’s what this software, 3-Sweep, does. It was demonstrated at SIGGRAPH Asia 2013, and while a written explanation is all fine and dandy, you really won’t get the scope of just fantastic this technology is unless you watch the video below.

You get the feeling that this is still in its early developmental stages, so there are some visible limitations. But in terms of what it’s capable already, we’ve never seen anything like it. If Adobe doesn’t have their eye on these guys, they’re making a big mistake.

VIA [ Reddit ]

Now You Can Charge Your Smartphone on Your Kitchen Counter

DuPont Countertop Charger

How often do you leave your phone on the kitchen counter? I’m guessing a lot. Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a way to charge your phone while it was on the counter? If you agreed with me, then you’ll be happy to hear that DuPont has figured out how a way to do this. They collaborated with the Power Matters Alliance to create a tabletop that has built-in wireless charging capabilities.

The technology isn’t for kitchen counters only, as it can also be integrated with the nightstand in your room or with the coffee table in your den. Basically all they did was take Powermat’s wireless charging technology and incorporate it into a Corian solid surface, which is commonly used for counter tops.

Now this is awesome stuff.

VIA [ Bit Rebels ]

Dry Hands Lets You Wash Then Dry Your Hands At Once For Added Convenience

Dry Hand

Washing your hands in a public place is usually a two-step process. The first is the actual handwashing proess itself, while the second involves either a paper towel or an electronic hand dryer to dry your hands up. Combining both and turning this everyday task into a one-step action is the Dry Hand, which is a faucet and dryer in one.

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90 Degree Adapter Bends to Fit Into Tight Corners

90 Degree Adapter

One of the most common reasons why headphones stop working is a busted plug. Most people don’t get those wire clips or organizers, so they end up winding the headphone wire around the music player before tucking it into their purse, bag, or jeans jacket. With enough winding and usage, the plug eventually wears out and breaks, causing a disconnect.

Tackling this head-on is Mohammad Reza Navaei with his design that’s aptly called the 90 Degree Adaptor.

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Paytouch Lets You Buy Stuff Using Your Fingerprints

Paytouch

Paying for stuff just got easier with Paytouch. Of course, it’ll depend on the number of establishments that will choose to roll out the system in their stores, but the premise of the technology is simple: you pay with your touch. Basically, Paytouch links your credit card information with your fingerprint so all you have to do is have the machine scan your fingerprint whenever you want to make a purchase.

It completely eliminates the need to carry cards anymore. Heck, you could even do without carrying a wallet when you go out anymore, since all you’ll need are your fingers (which happen to be conveniently attached to your body).

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Stinky Footboard: Now You Can Play Games on Your PC With Your Foot

Foot Controller

Gaming is about to be revolutionized with the coming of the Oculus Rift and controllers that won’t require you to use your hands when you play anymore. One of these is the Stinky Footboard, which was recently unveiled at PAX East 2013 in Boston. It was designed by Stelulu Technologies’ Stephane Rivard and Luc Levasseur, and it’s aptly but unfortunately called ‘Stinky’ for short.

The Stinky is basically a very sturdy metal D-pad that lets you play your games with your foot.

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Puzzle Keyboard: Rearrange Your Keyboard However Way You Want To

Puzzle Keyboard

If you haven’t gotten used to your keyboard’s configuration by this time, then I doubt you ever will. It’s in cases like these where concepts like the Puzzle Keyboard will come in handy. It’s basically a modular keyboard that lets you arrange letters and characters based on your personal preferences. If you’d like ‘M’ to take the place of your ‘A’, then all you have to do is switch the keys over and snap them back into place.

With the Puzzle Keyboard, everyone and anyone can modify and customize their keyboard based on their typing habits.

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