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New York Lawmakers Try to Ban Body Scanners From Airports

If city councilman David Greenfield gets his way, travelers passing through New York City airports will no longer be required to walk through body scanners before boarding their flights. Yesterday, Greenfield and six other council members introduced a legislative proposal which would prohibit all New York City-based TSA employees from using Advanced Imaging Technology, capable of seeing through a...

Ear Scanning Biometric ID System Developed by U.K. Researchers

The future of biometric scanning may not be at your fingertips, or in front of your eyes. Apparently, it could be in your ears. As the Telegraph reports, researchers at the University of Southampton in the U.K. have now created a system capable of scanning and analyzing ear structures, which, they claim, are unique enough to accurately identify people. The researchers are hopeful that their new...

Kodak Portra 400 Film Made Exclusively for Scanning -- Not Printing

Share We always thought that the rise of digital photography would, at one point or another, render film obsolete. According to Kodak, however, we (and virtually everyone else) were all wrong. As Wired reports, the iconic film company is enjoying something of a counterintuitive renaissance in this digital age, as sales of color film remain strong, and black-and-white film sales are actually...

eBay's Half.com App Scans Bar Codes for Best Textbook Deals

Share With the fall semester around the corner, eBay has launched a mobile app for its discount site Half.com, which scans barcodes to locate the best deals on textbooks and other back-to-school products. According to CNET News, users snap a picture of a barcode (say, that expensive Biology 101 textbook), and the free iPhone app scans it using RedLaser technology, then trolling Half.com's...

Backpack Uses Lasers to Render 3-D Models of Building Interiors

Thanks to technology like Google Earth, you can visit places with a few clicks and keystrokes. But Google Earth uses GPS to create 3-D maps of locations, which means you can't venture "inside" the structures to really get a feel for the space. That could soon change. According to a report by San Francisco's ABC News 7 (catch it after the break), professors and graduate students at the...

Cheap 3-D Scanner Created From Webcam and Laser

With a laser and a webcam, Autodesk research engineer Andy Barry has created an affordable 3-D scanner. Instead of crafting a better scanner than what's currently on the market, his goal is "to make it really cheap, so we can build a million of them, and get it out to everybody." The scanner's name, MakerScanner, derives from Barry's intent for his scanners to be paired with MakerBot 3-D...

Inventor of the Square Pixel Apologizes, Creates Newer, Better Version

You might not realize it, but you live everyday with an arbitrarily imposed, but very real limitation on the quality of digital images. Russell Kirsch created the first digital image, over 50 years ago, when he scanned a photo of his then infant son (on the right in its original size). When deciding how to render the ones and zeros, Kirsch decided on the seemingly logical choice at the time --...

System Scans Hefty Tomes in Under a Minute

Hey, Google Books, get a load of this! Masatoshi Ishikawa, a professor at the University of Tokyo, has developed a system that can scan books simply by flipping pages under its camera eye. Professor Ishikawa claims that a 200-page book could be rendered by the machine in under a minute. Details are a bit scarce (and the dear professor's accent rather thick), so you'll just have to watch the...

In-car Fingerprint Scanner Keeps Drunks, Thieves From Starting Your Car

How's this for dual purpose? Zhao Wencai and Li Zhoumu, two graduate students at the China University of Geosciences, have concocted a prototype device which checks for two important bits of information before allowing a car to start. First, it scans your fingerprint to make sure you're on the authorized driver database; second, it takes a long, hard look (okay, so maybe 20 seconds isn't all that...

German Scientists Try to Clean Up 'Naked Scanners'

Airports worldwide are starting to see new full-body scan machines that have the unfortunate side effect of revealing your goodies. Of course, the fact that security agents get an eye-full of your naughty bits has some privacy advocates concerned and has prevented them becoming common place in most countries. Reuters reports that German scientists are looking to address some of these concerns....

How to Turn Your Scanner Into a Grainy Camera

Here's a DIY project not for the weak-of-heart (or impatient). MAKE, a magazine completely dedicated to the art of DIY, has intriguing directions on how to turn your flat-bed scanner into a nifty camera capable of taking grainy black and white photos. You probably have a scanner sitting around somewhere (likely untouched and collecting dust since 1999) and the magnifying glass can be had for...

How to Modify Your Scanner to Be a Camera

Thanks to GeekSugar.com, we located this video tutorial on how to convert your flatbed scanner into a camera on Make.com. Since even inexpensive digital cameras produce pretty good pictures these days, and since you can use a scanner to accurately scan your traditional photographs, we're thinking of this project as more of a digital party trick than anything else. And while the folks at...

SecuriScan Shoe Scanner Could Make Airport Lines Shorter

Huge shocker here: removing your shoes at airport security causes massive headaches and makes the wait longer for everyone. Now that we're all good with Captain Obvious' latest headline, let us point you to one prototype that's looking to solve said dilemma. SecuriScan, which has been developed by Professor Wuqiang Yang at the University of Manchester, would theoretically be able to "detect and...

Use Your Cell Phone Pics to Search for Information on the Web

We've learned now how cell phones can display bar codes or other symbols in lieu of airline, concert or ballgame tickets. If you happen to be a Sprint subscriber, though, your cell phone could soon be used as a scanner itself – but this new service goes well beyond bar codes. A new visual search service from Thrrum claims it can scan just about anything that contains text and return...

New Super-CT Scanner Could Change Medicine

We love our technology around here, but most of it isn't going to change the world or save lives. Sure -- that USB Humping Dog is funny, but it isn't really gonna help you when you start having heart trouble. Today, though, we bring you word of a technological development with a bit more consequence for your health and well-being. The Brilliance CT scanner was unveiled yesterday after a month...