Video recording spy glasses coming to a face near you

first_img Citation: Video recording spy glasses coming to a face near you (2011, June 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-video-spy-glasses.html Explore further When users pair their special glasses with an iPhone or Android-based smartphone the system can transmit the video directly to the web. If users do not want to stream the video users can save the video and export it through a microUSB port that is hidden on the glasses.The device is currently still in its prototype stage, and since the company has not chosen a final piece of hardware for the recording device, no sample of the quality of the video recording is available at this time, though they do promise that the camera will be able to record in high definition, at 1280x720p. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Panasonic, Sony Developed New HD Digital Video Camera Recorder Format Eyez HD Video Recording Glasses When the glasses go on sale they will retail for $200. Users who take advantage of the current pre-order on Kickstarter will get a $50 discount on the price.center_img More information: www.zioneyez.com/ (PhysOrg.com) — ZionEyez, a Seattle-based startup, has created a pair of spy glasses that have the capability of recording and sharing HD video discreetly. The product in question, which has been named the Eyez video recording glasses, comes equipped with a 720p HD recording camera; microphone and 8 GB flash memory. The system has up to three hours of battery life and can share information tirelessly with both the Bluetooth and WiFi standards. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Of course, the use of a device such as this one in the real world may raise some legal issues, depending on how it is used. A user on a public street may be fine, but inside someone’s home or recording and broadcasting a person without their consent could be a different issue completely. last_img read more

Study of parrotlets hopping offers clues on how dinosaurs might have developed

first_imgBut then the researchers made a bit of a leap themselves: They wondered if the wing-assisted hopping they observed might have been used by dinosaurs, which could have led to full flight. They built a model that replicated four particular dinosaurs and their behaviors, and found that for two of them, wing-like boosted flight could have increased their jump length by 20 percent. This edge, they suggest, could very well have led to increasingly long jumps as the dinosaurs grew smaller and lighter over time, eventually leading to fully realized flight. (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers from Stanford University has studied the energy used by a type of small parrot as it hops from branch to branch during foraging. As they note in their paper uploaded to the open access site Science Advances, Diana Chin and David Lentink found that the bird’s techniques optimized energy expenditure and may have been similar to techniques used by dinosaurs that led to flight. Explore further By directing their jumps at energy-efficient takeoff angles and making additional wingbeats, birds can fly effectively over longer distances to forage in trees. Credit: Diana Chin, Lentink Lab Parrotlets are, as their name implies, small parrots that live from Mexico to southern parts of South America—and four of them live in the lab operated by Chin and Lentink. Prior research has shown that parrotlets tend to hop from branch to branch while foraging, though sometimes, the distance is great enough that they must fly, as well. In this new effort, the researchers began by wondering if the hopping was random, or if it was optimized. To find out, they created force-sensitive perches and filmed their charges as they hopped from branch to branch.In studying the data and watching how the birds foraged, the researchers found that when distances between branches were small enough, the birds simply hopped. When the distance was greater, the birds used their wings to give them an added push, a sort of accented hop. By comparing the amount of energy expended, the researchers found that the strategy used by the birds did, indeed, optimize energy usage—using their wings as a partial assist during a hop required less energy than simply taking flight. The research pair concluded that the birds were very efficient in their hopping and jumping. Parrotlets can assist and extend their long jumps with small “proto-wingbeats,” which bird ancestors may have used to develop their foraging flight capabilities. Credit: Diana Chin, Lentink Lab Parrotlets can assist and extend their long jumps with small “proto-wingbeats,” which bird ancestors may have used to develop their foraging flight capabilities. Credit: Diana Chin, Lentink Lab More information: Diana D. Chin et al. How birds direct impulse to minimize the energetic cost of foraging flight, Science Advances (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1603041AbstractBirds frequently hop and fly between tree branches to forage. To determine the mechanical energy trade-offs of their bimodal locomotion, we rewarded four Pacific parrotlets with a seed for flying voluntarily between instrumented perches inside a new aerodynamic force platform. By integrating direct measurements of both leg and wing forces with kinematics in a bimodal long jump and flight model, we discovered that parrotlets direct their leg impulse to minimize the mechanical energy needed to forage over different distances and inclinations. The bimodal locomotion model further shows how even a small lift contribution from a single proto-wingbeat would have significantly lengthened the long jump of foraging arboreal dinosaurs. These avian bimodal locomotion strategies can also help robots traverse cluttered environments more effectively. By directing their jumps at energy-efficient takeoff angles and making additional wingbeats, birds can fly effectively over longer distances to forage in trees. Credit: Diana Chin, Lentink Labcenter_img A 40 centimeter level flight of a parrotlet, with a snapshot shown at the start of each downstroke. Credit: Diana Chin, Lentink Lab Parrotlets rely on their legs to long jump short distances between branches. Credit: Diana Chin, Lentink Lab Paleontologist suggests path to flight for dinosaurs not as straight as thought © 2017 Phys.org Journal information: Science Advances Citation: Study of parrotlets hopping offers clues on how dinosaurs might have developed flight (2017, May 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-parrotlets-clues-dinosaurs-flight.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Dancing away

first_imgOne of the leading Kuchipudi dance exponents, Meenu Thakur hails from Rajasthan, was inducted into dance from childhood, she learnt Kathak for five years before she decided to take up the serious study of Kuchipudi the traditional dance style of Andhra Pradesh. With initial training by renowned guru Swapnasundari and  Natyacharya Pasumurthy Sitaramaiya, dance has become an integral part of Thakur’s life. With thorough grooming by Padmashri  Guru Jayaramarao and Vanashree Rao, Meenu has blossomed into a  fine exponent of  Kuchipudi dance. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Thakur has flair and grace for an efflorescent dance style like Kuchipudi. Her style represents a combination of the feature of Purusha Sampradaya (Original male dance tradition) of  Kuchipudi and its Anuroopa (Transformation of the male dance style into female interpretation). She has excellent command over technique and abhinaya. Dedication and sincerity has been the salient qualities of this gifted danseuse. She is the prominent face of the younger generation, having performed in various national and international fora with aplomb and refinement, she has carved a niche for herself. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEndowed with grace and charm, a mobile visage and attractive stage presence, Thakur is a devoted dancer and has a fruitful career ahead. She is an amalgamation of the grace of Kuchipudi dance style and the intricacies of Kathak dance style.Thakur has also worked as Cultural Coordinator in New Delhi Municipal Council Cultural Wing and is an empanelled artist (Established category) in Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Government of India. She is an ‘A’ graded artist of Doordarshan. Besides numerous festivals across India, Thakur has performed abroad in places like Bahrain, UK, Brazil, Serbia, Croatia, South Africa, Re-Union, Zambia, El-Salvador, Panama, Mauritius, Nepal, China, Japan, Canada, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Bhutan, Austria and Hungary.Thakur was awarded the Shingar Mani by the Sur Shringar Samsad. She also received the  gold medal for propogation of Kuchipudi by Aryabhatta Society. She was the recepient of the scholarship in Kuchipudi from Department of Culture, Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Junior Fellowship from Department of Culture, Ministry of Human Resource Development.She has performed at Rashtrapathi Bhavan in 2007 in the presence of then President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.The Late R Venkatraman, former President of India has actively encouraged Meenu to perform at various fora. He was the Patron of the Dance Society administered by her before his sad demise in January 2009.Currently Thakur runs the Society for promotion of Art, Culture and Indian Dance called Suramya. Which is successfully conducting workshops for young learners of classical dance.last_img read more

Nitish draws flak from BJP over food law implementation

first_imgAs the Assembly sat for the day, BJP members insisted that adjournment notice given by two of its members be taken up first on alleged irregularities in implementation of Food law in Bihar since February last year.Binod Narayan Jha, who had given the adjournment notice with party MLA Sanjay Singh Tiger, alleged that more than 50 lakh beneficiaries have yet not received their ration cards. The BJP members trooped into the well and started shouting anti-government slogans. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIWhen all persuasions to restore normalcy in the House failed, Speaker Uday Narayan Choudhary first adjourned the house till 12 o’clock and later till 2 PM. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was not in the House at the time. BJP had created ruckus in Legislative Council on Thursday on the same issue. Later, speaking to reporters outside the House, state Food Minister Shyam Rajak trashed the opposition allegation and said BJP was doing so to attract publicity. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindOn the issue of ration cards, he said the state government has handed over a list of 47 lakh additional beneficiaries to the Centre by posting names on NIC website three months back. “It is the fault of the Centre that it has not incorporated these additional names and provided extra allotment of foodgrains to Bihar under Food law,” he added.Lalu to march to Raj Bhawan against Centre’s policiesChief Lalu Prasad Yadav and other members of the party will march to Raj Bhawan here on March 15, protesting against the Centre’s policies on black money, amendments in Land Acquisition Bill, unemployment and inflation. The proetst march, which will be led by Yadav, would also press the BJP-led government to keep its word on depositing Rs 15 lakh in the bank accounts of common people after bringing back the black money stashed in abroad, party state president Ram Chandra Purve said. “All preparations have been made for it. Yadav is arriving in Patna on Friday evening itself. Party leaders from panchayat to state-level from across Bihar will assemble in Patna for the march,” he said.Purve said around 20,000 people from across the state will participate in the march, he said adding “BJP is trying to bring a black law that will deprive our farmers of land, their sole means to eke out a living.”last_img read more

Sleaze racket busted in Salt Lake 6 held

first_imgKolkata: Criminal Investigation Department (CID) busted a sleaze racket from a hotel in Salt Lake, Sector II and arrested six persons, including the hotel manager. Six girls including two minor have been rescued by the CID.Acting on a tip off, a team of officers from the CID raided the hotel on Thursday night and arrested the persons who were allegedly involved in the sleaze racket. According to the preliminary investigation, the CID officials suspect that the racket has been operating from the hotel for quite sometime. The CID had specific information that illegal activities were going on in the hotel. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe investigators also suspect that among the arrested persons, there are some child traffickers whose job was to deploy women, even minors in this flesh trade. According to the CID, among the six arrested persons, there is the manager of the hotel, three employees of the hotel, one female and one male trafficker. It was also confirmed by the CID sources that six women including two minors have been rescued from the hotel.The investigators suspect that they were lured by these traffickers with various false promises. Police are also investigating if the arrested persons were a part of any international trafficking racket. The officers are, however, not ruling out the possibility of their involvement in such a racket. A detailed probe has been initiated in this regard. The accused are being interrogated in this connection. A specific case has been started at Bidhannagar East police station. The arrested persons have been identified as Tanmoy Saha, a resident of Dr M N Saha Road in Dum Dum in North 24 Parganas, while Babu Sona Majhi, a resident of Ketugram in East Burdwan is found to be a trafficker. Raju Das and Tuhin Banerjee, both from Bankura district were found to be the employees of the hotel. Another hotel employee, Sandip Mishra, a resident of Naragoria under Raghunathpur in Purulia has also been arrested. Krishna Debnath from Surya Sen Colony area in Barasat is the manager of the hotel has been arrested as well.last_img read more

After CMs directive 8 MSME synergies to come up in districts

first_imgKolkata: With prompt action following the direction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the state Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and Textiles department has decided to organise as many as eight synergies for districts in cluster form to give a further boost to the sector.Moreover, a calendar containing the schedule of the synergies, visit of officials at the district level and single-window video conference will also be prepared and it will be strictly followed to extend support to entrepreneurs for further growth of Bengal’s MSME sector. This comes following the directions given by the Chief Minister in the recently held State MSME Conclave to prepare a roadmap for further intervention in the grassroots level to extend support to entrepreneurs from the sector. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAlapan Bandyopadhyay, Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) of the department, held a high-level meeting with top officials of the department and directorates on Friday, sources said. There was detailed discussion on all the points that the Chief Minister had mentioned during her address at the inaugural session of the two-day-long conclave and a set of decisions have also been taken up with a stress on the issues including district visit by officials, synergies and setting up of more clusters in the rural areas. According to an official, around 10 to 12 plans of action have been taken up. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to sources, there will be synergies in districts every three months in cluster mode. The Chief Minister had directed to hold synergies by bringing three to four districts under one cluster.Following the direction, it has been decided that eight synergies will be held in which senior officials starting from ACS of the department to the Industrial Development Officers (IDOs) of the area will be present to discuss various issues related to the MSME. If everything goes as planned, there will be two synergies for North Bengal districts and one for entrepreneurs from Malda, North and South Dinajpur.Another one will be organised for entrepreneurs from Murshidabad, Nadia and North 24-Parganas. There will be a separate synergy for Jangalmahal districts — Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore. Another similar programme will be hosted by bringing Hooghly, Howrah and South 24-Parganas districts, which are very close to Kolkata, under one cluster for the synergy. East Midnapore is the only district for which exclusively a synergy will be organised at Haldia.A district visit proposal is also getting prepared and if everything goes as planned, a joint director of the Directorate of MSME will be visiting at least one district every month, while the director of the directorate will be visiting two districts in a month. A joint director will supervise four districts.The date of the single window video conference has also been finalised besides talking up necessary measures for the export promotion of the MSME products.last_img read more

Man gets down on Metro track suicide attempt suspected

first_imgKolkata: An aged person went down to the railway track at Kalighat Metro Station on Tuesday afternoon.The person identified as Bishnu Kumar Sarkhel was immediately intercepted by a Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel and was eventually rescued unhurt. After he was brought to the station master’s office at Kalighat Metro Station, Sarkhel claimed that a five rupee coin somehow dropped from his pocket on to the track. However, the Metro Railway authority claimed that Sarkhel later admitted to have tried to Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifecommit suicide. According to the Metro Railway spokesperson, around 2:30 pm on Tuesday, several people were waiting to avail the Dum Dum bound Metro. All of a sudden some people noticed that an aged person was trying to get down on the track. Significantly, a RPF personnel noticed this and rushed towards him. Sarkhel was taken to the station master’s room and interrogated. The Metro authority claimed that though initially he claimed to have gotten down on the track to pick up a coin that he had dropped, later Sarkhel admitted to have tried committing suicide. “During the interrogation it appeared that he was not mentally stable. His family members were called and they confirmed the fact. He was lucky that there was no train scheduled to arrive at that point of time,” said spokesperson of metro. Later, Sarkhel was handed over to Kalighat police station for further procedure. In the evening police handed Sarkhel over to his family members.last_img read more

The Alternative Road Map

first_imgA 6-feet-long wooden boat projected with images of Odisha’s cultural diversity, an accordion-shaped book narrating tales of one of the oldest women members of Chipko movement, photographs documenting the changing habitat of Jakkur Lake in Bangalore, a radio station that talks about benefits of traditional medicinal plants – these are some of the works that will be shown at Khoj Studio’s upcoming show titled ‘Evidence Room’: A retrospective of ‘Negotiating Routes’, a group show of multi-media projects highlighting an alternate road map for sustainable development through art, music, video and text. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe artists whose work is being displayed include Aastha Chauhan, Asim Waqif, Vaibhav Dimri, Frame Works, Jyotiranjan Jena; Namrata Mehta, Alex White-Mazzarella, Soaib Grewal among many others. These works reference a selection of projects from Khoj’s ongoing engagement with ecology and sustainable development. Since 2010 to 2014, Khoj has selected and given grants to artists for fourteen such projects under their public art initiative ‘Negotiating Routes’, to live and work with Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivefishermen, villagers, farmers etc and create an alternate road map where artists and communities come together and are involved in discussions on the regeneration of the local ecology of the cities of villages that they inhabit. These projects spanned semi-urban and rural areas as diverse as Chamba in Uttarakhand, Chungthang in Sikkim and Wadhwana Wetlands to Jakkur Lake in Bangalore, Chilika Lake in Odisha and Najibabad in Uttar Pradesh.Mario D’Souza, Curator, Khoj Studios said, “Khoj has selected 12 of these projects and the artists were asked to recreate their work which could be shown easily on site at the Khoj premises. Through photographs, videos, sculptural work and textual documentation, visitors will get to see the alternative road map for sustainable development in our country.” For instance, in 2010, Amit Mahanti and Ruchika Negi of Frame Works collective chose to travel to Chungthang and Dzongu region to study the changing ecology of the mountain state due to dams. Sunandita Mehrotra lived and worked with one of the oldest women members of the Chipko Movemnet in Tehri Garhwal region. For the show, Sunandita has created a 12-page graphic comic book, in the shape of an accordion, narrating some of these tales.Jyotiranjan Jena, a visual artist from Odisha, is interested in the natural ecology of Chilika Lake. At Khoj, he is creating a prototype of a wooden boat projecting a dying art form called Ravan Chaya by using shadows and images about the bio-diversity of the lake and Odisha. Similarly, Namrata Mehta, Alex White-Mazzarella and Soaib Grewal have created three wall size prints of an akhara in Tigra village, Gurgaon, through which they tend to bring to notice the disappearing culture and tradition. Priya Ravish Mehra is a textile artist who visited Najibabad, an unheard shawl repair centre, in Uttar Pradesh in 2012 to document the rafoogars of the area. It is a traditional skill of darning and their project aims to highlight this by engaging the community in process of creating contemporary works. At Khoj, she will be showing a huge installation of colouful textile patches done using rafoogari. Shilpa Joglekar’s project was done in Khopoli and Panvel in Maharashtra where she worked with government school children who shared with her the stories and songs they had grown up with. Shweta Bhattad and Aditi Bhattad worked in Paradsinga and at Khoj small replicas of the same will be available. Sanyukta Sharma’s project done in Bungalow ki Kandi village in Mussoorie. Surekha’s project is about the Jakkur Lake – another water body under threat due to unbridled development – which she has been documenting for 12 years and some of these photographs will be displayed at Khoj. Varsha Nair displays maps drawn by children of Wadhwanas documenting lifestyle changes in this area, while Astha Chauhan’s project in Chamba that sought to talk about the importance of traditional medicinal plants will be recreated through a live radio station, quirky advertisements and samples of seeds from the region.last_img read more

Underprivileged children to get guided tour of Indian Museum for free

first_imgKolkata: Indian Museum has taken a significant stride in enabling under-privileged children to explore the museum by taking them on a guided tour of all galleriesfree of cost. The move is a part of ‘Art for All’ — a programme organised by the union Ministry of Culture, which has asked all museums across the country to conduct similar activities. The students will be given the chance do some hands on activities at the museum premises to make their visit a memorable one. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed “We have planned to cover 500 children every week preferably in two batches. However, we are seeking support from NGO’s and philanthropists to make the programme sustainable,” said Rajesh Purohit, director of Indian Museum. The museum has already began the programme and been able to bring in more than 300 such children. The museum authorities have arranged for the logistics both ways and also provided them with a sumptuous healthy lunch during their day long visit. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe activities for the children include drawing, quiz and debate. “The main aim behind the move is to arouse interest among students in museums, which throw light on the history and culture of India and the world. In the museum parlance, the programme is called ‘Inclusive Museum’,” a senior official of Indian Museum said. The museum wants to spread awareness on the initiative so that more number of underprivileged students, even from the remotest rural areas of Bengal, gets the opportunity to visit the place. “If some clubs or NGOs bring in such students from districts, we will be glad to receive them and once they enter the museum, we will make all arrangements to make their visit a memorable one,” the official maintained. The museum is primarily targetting the underprivileged children in Kolkata and then proceed to the districts. “We want to have children visiting the museum who never had the chance before,” the official said.last_img read more

Bandhan Creation launches Shraddha a collection for elders

first_imgBandhan Creation, a one-stop destination store that upholds the country’s culture and heritage, recently launched the mint fresh Shraddha Collection for senior citizens at their outlet in South Kolkata. Shraddha will be a dedicated corner in each Bandhan Creation outlet which will showcase apparel, accessories and giftables especially crafted for the senior citizens of the country. The latest endeavour of Bandhan Creation’s ‘Shraddha’ is a tribute to the elders amongst us who give so much to the next generation and society at large. It is not a way of giving back but it is an inspiration to express our heartfelt gratitude and love for their presence and guidance. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBandhan Creation is a market-driven initiative to put the spotlight on the undiscovered talent of rural artisans and find the right price for their products. This unique fashion and lifestyle chain offers an attractive collection of apparel, home furnishing and decor, candles, decorative artefacts and accessories made by traditional handloom artisans from rural India. “Introducing a special line for the elderly section of the society has always been my dream and this is my way of paying homage to our seniors. The sale of every product from this store supports the livelihood of the artisans in West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Telangana, Rajasthan and a few other states. The plan is to turn Bandhan Creation into a national chain, marking its presence in most Indian states,” said Nilima Ghosh, Managing Director, Bandhan Creation. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBandhan Creation is a perfect meeting ground for indigenous creativity and modern lifestyle. The collection of home furnishing, table-top items made of wood and cane are a connoisseurs’ delight. Patachitra, dokra, kantha, applique, block prints, terracotta, ceramic and other items find a new expression at this outlet. The collection of garments covers men’s and women’s range such as kurta, kurti, tops, dupatta, stole, skirt, palazzo, jacket, shirt made from various fabrics including ajrak, bagru and dabu. The jewellery collection is made from fabric, stone, dokra and silver. Each and every product that one buys from Bandhan Creation backs its vision and endeavour towards supporting the livelihood of artisans across the country and thus helps revive and promote national heritage. The programme was graced by legendary artistes and writers of West Bengal.Four Bandhan Creation outlets are located at the city: at Gariahat, Salt Lake City, Eco Park, New Town and Jessore Road, Kolkata.last_img read more