Smartphones equipped with state-of-the-art facial recognition technology can be accessed with relative ease using a 3D-printed model head of the owner, new research has found. An investigation showed that Android phones were the least secure, with four popular models capable of being unlocked using the technique, potentially allowing hackers to access personal details, payments systems and sensitive information. Bold claims have been made by some smartphone makers about the security of their security software, with some boasting they offer "military grade" levels of protection. However, many have admitted their facial recognitition technology is not as secure as other security methods such as PIN codes or fingerprint scanning. But during tests, facial recognition systems on phones including the Samsung S9, Samsung Note 8, OnePlus 6 and LG G7 ThinQ were all duped into unlocking the phone by the 3D printed head. Apple's iPhone, however, proved "impenetrable". Joseph Carson, chief … [Read more...] about 3D printed head can unlock facial recognition systems on popular Android phones
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Doug Stanglin USA TODAY Published 3:36 p.m. UTC Aug 1, 2018 The issue of gun control is back in the spotlight - this time with a high-tech twist. A federal judge's temporary restraining order aims at blocking plans to upload blueprints necessary for a person to build a plastic weapon in their own home. Here's what we know as the legal battle comes to a head over whether 3D-printed plastic guns will become a reality soon in America: A Texas company had promised to upload instructions at midnight for making 3D-printed plastic guns. What happened? A federal court in Seattle on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order blocking Cody Wilson and his Austin-based Defense Distribution from uploading plans to make 3D-printed firearms from handguns to AR-15 style rifles. In a related development, Wilson also agreed to refrain temporarily from releasing the plans under a deal reached with the state of New … [Read more...] about 3D-printed guns: Why the issue isn’t over yet
A company named Defense Distributed has been allowed to publish the blueprints for 3D-printable guns online, following a three-year legal row. On Monday, the company reported more than 1,000 blueprints downloaded, and the figure is most likely much higher by now. So here's everything you need to know about printable guns to stay up to date. The process of 3D-printing is basically making a thing out of heated plastic thread. The technology was first developed back in 1980s but only gained popularity in 2009. The printers are limited to specific plastic compounds, so structures they create have limited durability. CC0US Judge Blocks Online Publication of 3D-Printed Gun SchematicsThe first weapon that could be manufactured by 3D-printing was the Liberator. The bulky, single-shot gun, which looks more like a children's toy than a real weapon, was designed by Cody Wilson, a self-proclaimed … [Read more...] about Fact Sheet: What is a 3D-Printed Gun Anyway?
GETTING your foot on the property ladder is tough these days – but printable houses could be the answer. A US company has designed a house that can be built in around 24 hours using a giant 3D printer and costs less than $4,000 (£2,900). Construction firm Icon has worked with non-profit New Story to create affordable printable homes for people. It's just a concept for now, but it could one day be available to billions of people around the world. "While recent decades have brought major advances in personal technology, construction practices remain relatively unchanged since the 1950s," the company explains. "Icon aims to change this, ushering in a new era in construction to meet the needs of the future." The first concept home was unveiled this month, and was built using the Vulcan 3D printer. The final production version of the Vulcan will be able to print a single-storey, 600-800 square-foot home in a single day. Icon says the building is tested to "recognised standards … [Read more...] about These amazing £3,000 homes can be downloaded and printed in 24 hours
Adidas has launched new trainers that are printed out using oxygen and light. The futuristic new shoes draw on the latest manufacturing techniques, which Adidas says allows them to specifically shape the shoes so that they respond to the person wearing them. Eventually, the technology could be used to allow Adidas to create shoes that are bespoke to the person wearing them. Adidas says that really a person who is heavier or lighter, taller or shorter than the average person should have their shoes adjusted accordingly – and the technique may one day allow for such specific changes to a person's sneakers. Gadgets and tech news in pictures + show all Gadgets and tech news in pictures 1/43 Designed by Pierpaolo Lazzarini from Italian company Jet Capsule. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph. Jet Capsule/Cover Images 2/43 A humanoid robot gestures during a demo at a stall … [Read more...] about Adidas launches AlphaEdge 4D sneakers that are printed out using light and oxygen