Professor (and now designer) Ying Gao from the University of Quebec in Montreal believes that he has come up with a very interesting solution to the forever, and constant, battle that ensues between the rich and famous and the paparazzi.

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We now live in a world where we are all becoming much more aware of the fact that we are being monitored. It started with the Police using CCTV to monitor town centres and other high crime risk areas. This was done to enable the police to attend possible trouble spots quickly and, according to Home Office statistics, it was a great success. Crime rates in areas where there are CCTV surveillance cameras in operation have fallen dramatically. These cameras help the police not only to attend incidents quickly but also to see problems developing and to attend before an incident becomes too serious.

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The geniuses at Robotic Solutions have taken Lego, combined it with Samsung Galaxy SII and created the Cubestormer II which they claim is the world’s fastest 3x3x3 Rubik’s cube solver and judging by this video they could well be right.

When I say Lego and a Samsung Galaxy that is not strictly where the story ends.

As well as a lot of Lego parts they have used a few of the Lego Mindstorms. These are large Lego bricks that incorporate intelligent, computer controls with ports for motors, sensors, USB’s and speakers and are usually used as the brain for Lego Robots.

And of course the Samsung Galaxy SII is not your ordinary run of the mill Smartphone as these clever lab rats (well David Gilday actually) have custom made an app. that has includes the algorithm to crack and complete the Rubik’s cube.

Have a look and see for yourself:

Jane Bond

American children returning to school in the next few days will find that over the Summer holidays many former places of learning have been transformed in to high-tech stockades.

In the wake of last December’s mass murder at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut – where a gunman killed 26 people, 20 of them children – President Barack Obama’s proposed legislation to clamp down on sales of automatic weapons has failed to win congressional backing.

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One of the hugest advances in recent years in the surveillance industry has been the introduction of digital recorders also know as recording equipment devices.

Previously recorders used tape, instead of microchips, which meant short recording times before the tape had to be changed, poor sound quality, particularly if you slowed the recorder down to increase record times, and the inconvenience of having to store recorded tapes manually.

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The Snowden story is back in the news again hence this blog on Laser Listening.

The talk in the press now is that the UK Government has demanded that all the files that the Guardian newspaper has on Snowdon’s revelations and the whole NSA Surveillance program should be either handed over or destroyed.

edward snowden

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