Is That A Mass-spectrometer In Your Pocket?
Sometimes my mind boggles. Science Fiction is becoming science Fact in ways I never dreamed would really happen. For example – Dick Tracy’s wristwatch. Or James Bond’s gadgets (and bulletproof cars).
No, my ‘droid is not a top-secret crime fighting device. But the front-facing camera and Skype Mobile app give me Dick Tracy’s ability to have “2-Way” video conversations anywhere I happen to be. (It’s not strapped on my wrist, though..)
When I was knee high to a grasshopper, my fertile imagination simply was not fertile enough to dream that I might carry a movie theater and several radio stations in my pocket.. yet, my Netflix app and Spotify (et al) means that fiction is reality now too.
And my the tech in my Droid gives me some James Bond (Sci Fi) spy stuff too — with Google Goggles, I can point my phone at documents and signs written in a foreign language, and Presto-Chango! translate them into English (see, Does Your Android Wear Goggles?) – super spy style.
But this is not about Android.. as today’s title suggests, this Sci-Fi Into Reality article is not about smart phones.. it’s about tech evolving, and all that (above) is just the “build up”.
We are about a year away (or so) from having our police having devices – fingerprint readers – that will not only tell them your true ID, record, and BAC, but any substances you’ve handled, or ingested, and who knows what else. “Honest, Officer, I just fertilized my garden. Building bombs? Ridiculous! Not me!“
(And as time elapses.. these devices will get cheaper, and be available to more than just Law Enforcement.)
Two new technologies: There are actually two different portable devices I read about. This first one is – literally – a mass spectrometer in your pocket.
“With a new analytical technique, a fingerprint can now reveal much more than the identity of a person. It can now also identify what the person has been touching: drugs, explosives or poisons, for example.
.. As it becomes cheaper and more widely available, the Desi technology has potential ethical implications, Dr. Cooks said. Instead of drug tests, a company could surreptitiously check for illegal drug use by its employees by analyzing computer keyboards after the workers have gone home, for instance.” Read more..
A second, similar device, uses a different technology.. this one tests the metabolites in your sweat pores..
“A roadside test for drunk drivers has been available in the U.K. to law-enforcement agencies since the 1960s, but no equivalent screen for drivers under the influence of drugs has been available. A team of scientists hopes to change that. Intelligent Fingerprinting has launched its first prototype of a device that it says will allow police to test reliably for illegal substances within a few minutes.” Read more..
Interesting stuff… the world, she is a’changing.
“Let’s take a look at how the dual-, triple-, and quad-channel memory architectures work and how to enable them in order to improve your computer’s performance.” Read more..
Today’s quote: “We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.” ~ Alfred E. Newman
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