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Google Barges scuttled over fire safety concerns

Google Barges scuttled over fire safety concerns

When the Google barges started to catch the attention of geeks around the world over last year, we all wondered what the plan for the floating buildings was. We learned eventually that Google planned to use them as floating show rooms to show off technology. Just as construction appeared to be nearing completion Google pulled the plug and sent all of the barges to the scrap heap.

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Motorola Solutions LEX L10 empowers first responders

Motorola Solutions LEX L10 empowers first responders

There's almost a smartphone for everyone, whether they be kids, teens, older users, or industrial workers. Those that work to ensure our safety and security now also have a smartphone that caters to their needs. Motorola Solutions has unveiled the LEX L10, the latest of its LTE enabled devices designed for first responders. Powered by Android, this smartphone isn't like your run of the mill rugged smartphone that usually sport mediocre specs. The LEX L10 is hardy both inside and outside and also has the power to show for it.

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BeON smart bulbs learn light patterns to scare away invaders

BeON smart bulbs learn light patterns to scare away invaders

It's a common tactic: if you're going to be away from home overnight, you leave a lamp on. This will hopefully make opportunistic thieves think twice before breaking in, leaving doubt about whether someone is home. This is an old trick, though, one that has since been augmented with light timers to simulate something a bit more real. That is the basis upon which BeON, a new smart light bulb system, is designed -- and, unlike lamps and timers, BeON bulbs include a few extra features that'll cover all the bases.

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Cocoon smart monitor listens for shock waves to detect intruders

Cocoon smart monitor listens for shock waves to detect intruders

Another connected home security device has surfaced, this one designed to be both simplistic and highly sensitive to when a problem arrives. It achieves this sensitivity using what the makers call SUBSOUND technology, which is said to allow the device to detect motion in a different room, no other sensors needed. This is joined, as you'd expect, by a smartphone app that lets you peek through the Cocoon's integrated camera. If someone is poking around who isn't welcomed, there's an alarm that can be triggered, as well.

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FCC considering backup system to prevent 911 service outages

FCC considering backup system to prevent 911 service outages

The U.S. FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has said it is looking into options for ways to power backup phone systems that would allow people to call 911 emergency services even in the event of a disaster or other causes of power outage. This comes after the FCC says it has observed a rise in 911 service outages, not necessarily caused by storms, but by software and database failures.

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Ford has a new surveillance system to monitor police cars

Ford has a new surveillance system to monitor police cars

Methods to monitor law enforcement are in demand, and we've been seeing different related technologies that meet this need appear increasingly. One example is the Yardarm sensor that monitors firearm usage, shuttling the data off to a cloud platform where it can be accessed by dispatchers and investigators if needed. Ford is working on its own surveillance system, this one being designed to provide real-time information on the driving actions of any particular police cruiser in which it is equipped.

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Fatter crash-test dummies are All About That Bass (no traffic)

Fatter crash-test dummies are All About That Bass (no traffic)

Crash-test dummies may have it tough, but they'll at least get to ignore their diet for a while, with fatter Americans leading safety kit specialists to boost the size of the fake drivers and passengers used for collision testing. Dummy maker Humanetics is adding more than 100 pounds to its adult model, taking it to 270 pounds in total and a body mass index of 35, making them morbidly obese. The decision comes after research found that not only is the average American getting bigger, but that obese people run more of risk of injury in the case of a crash.

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Nissan put a car in a massive Zorb and pushed it down a hill

Nissan put a car in a massive Zorb and pushed it down a hill

Normally, the Nissan Note is a small, reliable city car, and not prone to rolling down hills. Nissan clearly decided that simply wasn't good enough, and so constructed a vast inflatable Zorb ball so as to capture a Note and then send it tumbling. Worry not, though: it's all in the name of demonstrating the car's safety features, which Nissan has dubbed "Safety Shield."

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Yardarm Sensor brings real-time tracking to police firearms

Yardarm Sensor brings real-time tracking to police firearms

Connected technology largely focuses on the average consumer, being used with devices that monitor homes, keep track of kids, locate lost pets, wake us up and lull us to sleep. Some companies are looking outside of those typical realms into other areas that can benefit from the technology, however, and among them is law enforcement and its related entities. One startup in particular called Yardarm has developed a sensor that will bring real-time monitoring to police firearms, offering up information on things like when a gun was drawn and which way it was pointing.

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Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight doubles as digital ears

Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight doubles as digital ears

If you haven't yet found a connected device that suits your tastes, there's another contender on the market -- one that is available now, not at some point in the future after a funding project ends. It's called the Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight, and as its name suggests, the device is a mash-up of a couple different tools into one: it's one part nightlight, and one part connected alert system. When used alongside its mobile app, Leeo lets home owners know when one of their "dumb" alarms go off.

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