Welcome to Cyber Dump number 33, your weekly look at what's happening in this insane age of technology that we live in. As always, all sources mentioned are below.
I saw this really cool Raspberry Pi battery pack project on hackaday recently, and thought you might enjoy it. I like the form factor, and the small footprint, which fits the Pi3 perfectly.
The ADRIAN, open source RPi assistant was released this week too. It seems to do many of the same things an Alexa or Google Home can. The code isn't available yet, but apparently it will be released soon.
Researchers at the National Insitute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have recreated some of the sniffing power of canines by 3D printing a dog's nose, and adding it to detection systems. The nose shape is apparently 18 times more effective than regular systems at detecting different vapors.
Lots of drone news this week. Firstly, defence company Northrop Grumman, and DARPA have developed Tern, a long range autonomous drone which can be launched from ships.
Alexander Shtuchkin on Youtube also created an interesting prototype which automatically swaps depleted drone batteries with freshly charged ones. The landing and placement is done semi-autonomously with the help of infrared tracking.
As well as that, Fotokite announced the Phi, a foldable, tethered drone, that's primarily used for video. I like the idea of a drone that can be thrown up easily, and I think the use-cases could extend outside of boring selfies too.
Here's something I've never seen before. A company called Exit Reality has created virtual reality trucks that drive to various places, allowing members of the public to experience the technology. Pretty cool.
In other VR news, Zotac released the VR Go, a computer in a backpack, which is supposed to rid users of annoying cables. In the long term, I wonder whether desktops will even play a role in VR, if smartphones continue to get more powerful.
THIS WEEK ON NODE
Two new videos this week. The first is the latest Dead Drop episode, covering what's happening in the cypherpunk worlds. I also made a Bitmessage 101 video, covering some of the fundamentals for how the P2P messaging technology works, and why it could be important.