On this the 63rd episode of Citizens of Tech, the citizens have spoken. They have upvoted by the light of the tent, Enhance! Enhance! Enhance!, Tesla’s new power distribution buddy, mesh backhaul, and then we’ve thrown in some content we like, today we learned, plus a brand new deathwatch!Continue Reading
In today’s show, the Citizens of Tech take on the news from the industries of energy, electric vehicles, off-the-grid living, consumer espionage, wireless networking, and medicine. Eric Sutphen and Ethan Banks go back and forth discussing these nerdy stories, starting out with our very first debunking. Yeah. We think the wireless power network for drones story is a steaming load of…uh…laundry. Uh-huh.
Wireless power for drones (?)
We’re pretty sure this is a complete fabrication. Watch the video. You’ll never see a power source feeding the wire supported on the tripod. Now go to the vendor’s site, getcorp.com. It’s a disaster zone of bad grammar, typos and pseudo-science. If there’s anything of substance to this story, we’re not finding it. Maybe we’re wrong. That would be cool, actually. We like what they’re selling. We’re just not buying it.
Nikola’s hydrogen fuel cell truck design with 1200 mile range.
It’s a design, not even a prototype. But we’re hopeful.
Live off the grid in an egg.
This tiny, egg-shaped home collects rain water, sunlight, and wind in a compact form factor for €79,000, plus another €2,000 – 3000 for shipping. Inside and out, it looks like something out of 2001: A Space Odyssey. #egglife
The marketing mafia are mining your streaming habits.
The question isn’t whether it’s as bad as you think it is. The question is whether or not it’s WORSE. Mostly, it’s worse. In this story, we discover Facebook has an agreement with A&E to cross-reference your public IP address. If you show up on Facebook with the same IP address you streamed from, Facebook will use what you streamed to inform what to advertise to you.
What’s next? Smart sheets that judge your sexual performance and upload that data to Zuck for a marketing analysis?
They know which printer printed that, and they are here to help.
Did you know color laser printers use steganographic techniques to watermark print jobs? Yep. And it’s because the government wants it that way as an anti-counterfeiting tool.
Why spin the record when you can spin the needle?
Meet RokBlok. The answer to a question no one was asking, and yet we must have one. As they say in the video, “Ridiculously fun.”
The swaddling comfort of a hot Google mesh.
Ars goes deep in a review of Google’s second attempt at a consumer wifi system, and they think it’s hot. Eric is pretty sure it’s evil.
Coagulate. I command it!
Medicine gets a step in healing wounds with a device that tells the body via the nervous system to start cranking out platelet blood cells. Results show significantly faster wound close rates. They are calling it a “neural tourniquet.” We’re calling it interesting, because it demonstrates using the human nervous system as a network to relay commands to the body. Not the first time such a thing has been done, but still. More of this sort of bodyhacking, please.
We riff on the nerdy TV and movies we’re watching and anticipating, and Eric shares a “Today I Learned.”
Until next week…