Welcome to Cyber Dump number 32, 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.
Police in Australia recently uncovered a secret lab where submachine guns were being created using 3D printers and drill presses. This is our new reality now, whether we like it or not.
SolarCity and Tesla teamed up to provide a solar microgrid for the American Somoan island of Ta'u. Over 5000 solar panels, combined with 60 Tesla powerpacks, can provide the entire island of 600 with 3 days of backup energy, with the whole thing taking only 7 hours of sunlight to charge.
VR tracking company VARya has created a cheap way to do accurate full body tracking in VR. The prototype consists of 15 wireless transcievers that are placed on various parts of the body. The demo has about 50ms of lag, but they say they could get it below 10ms.
Adobe also showed a sneak-peak of Dali, their new 3D VR painting app. This in itself isn't groundbreaking, but I am curious to see what a big player like Adobe can do, especially when it comes to what user interfaces will look like in 3D space.
Researcher Dennis Hong and his team have been experimenting with new ways to create walking bipedal robots. They came up with the NABiRoS, a curious-looking sideways walking bot, that requires far less parts than regular bipedal bots, and with added benefits of being more stable, being able to jump, and climb stairs in a new way.
A user on youtube posted of a video of version 1 of their DIY resin 3D printer, which uses a Raspberry Pi, and LCD screen to create prints. Pretty cool.
MKme Lab also showed off a very interesting DIY Raspberry Pi Satellite Receiver, which allows you to connect to and download information directly from Outernet satellites in space.
Two new videos this week. The first is an interview with Cody Wilson, the person who designed the first 3D printable gun. Here he talks about his latest project, the GhostGunner, a mill which allows you to create metal parts for weapons like the AR15.
Github also released a bunch of videos from their latest Merge 2016 conference. Thought it might be interesting for the devs watching.
THIS WEEK ON NODE
Some new stuff on NODE this week to. The first is the latest Dead Drop, covering the happenings in computer security and internet freedom. I also did a video on the Zamek, a really interesting open hardware password manager that's currently in development.
I uploaded another video showing you how to create encrypted messages using a little command line app. It allows you to convert messages into gibberish dictionary words as a way to send over unsecure networks.