Welcome to Cyber Dump number 29, your weekly look at what's happening in this insane age of technology that we live in. As always, all source links mentioned are below.
Starting off with some DIY videos. Youtube user Tanner Tech made a cool video explaining how to create your own DIY gieger counter, showing you how to build a simple circuit from cheap parts.
This next project is amazing. User HyperplaneCorp has created an open source, 3D printed desktop satellite antenna which can track celestial objects in real time. The 3D files are available to buy for a small price, and the rest of the guide and code used is free.
On the back of the Lightning Network test success, Ryan at the Yours project (formerly known at Datt), has also successfully tested a similar micropayments technology for bitcoin, this time using only a web browser to complete the transactions.
In other Bitcoin news, Open Bazaar released a guide showing you how to set up a shop on the P2P network, using a VPS. This allows your store to run 24/7, and this is a stepping stone until version 2 of the decentralized marketplace platform is released.
RCTestFlight on Youtube showed off his new drone which has a super bright 1000W LED light array on it. I could imagine this kind of thing being used for both search and rescue, or search and destroy in the future.
Microsoft Research released a video for their NormalTouch and TextureTouch haptic feedback projects, allowing you to touch and feel different surfaces in virtual space.
Wolverine also demonstrated their haptic interface, which enables users to grasp objects that exist in virtual reality. The glove-like device has mini motors and brakes inside, which can dynamically engage, and mimic the grasping rigid objects.
Tesla announced that from this point on, all cars made by them will include new self driving hardware and software, making them fully autonomous. These features will remain dorment for the forseeable future, but they will be using the data from the hardware like a neural network, and teaching the software.
The pointcloud project in Finland uploaded a video showing off the use of augmented reality for forest machine operators. I think this kind of technology will start seeping into more and more areas of life and work in the future.
In other AR news, a new app for the augmented reality social network Catxy was launched recently. I don't care much for selfies, but dropping virtual markers, messages and pictures in 3D space is an interesting concept. Reminds me of Gibson's Pattern Recognition novel.
Researchers from the Autonomous Systems Lab at ETH Zurich demonstrated how flying and walking robots can work together to achieve tasks. The drones first fly around an area, mapping out every square inch, it then passes that data to the walking robot, allowing it to navigate this new terrain.
Two Google-related videos this week. The first is an interview with one of the members of the Project Tango augmented reality team. This is a pretty solid overview for those who haven't heard of it before.
The next is a video featuring Scott Jensen, where he talks about the physical web, and how we could change the way we interact with the web using different hardware in physical space.
THIS WEEK ON NODE
This week Mike wrote a great article on the evolution of digital nomadics, and what the implications of that might be.
I also released the latest DeadDrop, with more computer security news. The next video is an overview of the P@SS, a curious little analog device which aims to help you generate, and remember fairly complex passwords, all without using any computers or software.