Welcome to Cyber Dump 15. As always, all source links mentioned are below.
21 have launched the beta of their software, essentially allowing any computer to become automated agents on the bitcoin network. It currently works with Mac and Debian based systems, with Windows coming soon.
This isn't specifically related to bitcoin, but the Dragonbox Pyra pre-orders have opened, and you can secure yours with bitcoin. Prices start at €330.
Researchers in Switzerland have designed a controllable drone that has only one moving part. Dubbed the monospinner, you launch it by simply throwing it like a frisbee. The group aims to create an even simpler model that contains no moving parts.
The roadtovr blog wrote an interesting article on the growing world of Chinese virtual reality headsets. I'm always curious to see what's happening the crazy place that is Shenzen.
In other news, Altspace VR, the social virtual reality platform have introduced Slack integration, allowing for more immersive meetings and collaboration in virtual space. Pretty cool.
Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes have chemically reprogrammed skin cells to act like human heart cells, for the first time without the use of stemcells. Is this the first step in on-demand bio-modifications?
Motherboard wrote about 2 developers in Canada planning to set up a city-wide meshnet in Toronto. It gives some interesting details on some of the challenges faced with such a task. If you're in Toronto, you should definitely check it out.
A company in Japan is developing a 5-axis hybrid 3D printer. Enomoto says the printer can both print and cut from virtually any angle, allowing you to create complicated pieces that would usually require multiple steps and machines.
Ryan Nelwan has designed a really cool magic mirror with some nice features. What makes this different from other static mirror screens, is this has full interactivity thanks to capacitive touch sensors and Ryan's own custom built software.
Darren from Hak5 made a useful video about the different ways to manage passwords. Informative as ever and worth a look.
- https://www.hak5.org/episodes/threatwire/security-tip-3-managing-passwords-threat-wire - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-nh0Ln2zN8
The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences youtube channel also just released a bunch of videos from the 2016 Michigan Robotics Day.
THIS WEEK ON NODE
This past week I revived the apocalypse series and made a video showing you how to make a trip wire alarm using readily available scavenged parts. Famicoman also wrote a great introduction on the Invisible Internet Project on the NODE site.
This it for this week. Check back for more updates. Thanks for watching!