Weekly Tech Roundup | Apr 19, 2019

Weekly tech roundup: software and information technology edition

This week’s tech roundup includes six of the latest software and information technologies available at the moment. Each of them is an opportunity for entrepreneurs and businesses to license, develop, and bring novel technology to the commercial market. TechLink can help you navigate the process.

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Augmented reality surgical navigation system

The Department of Veterans Affairs developed a tool for enhancing medical surgery that introduces augmented reality in surgical navigation.

A major challenge during surgery is that the surgeon needs to differentiate between diseased tissue and healthy tissue. Currently, surgeons make decisions based on their best guess and experience, or with the use of a neuronavigation system to correlate body structure with the images taken prior to the surgery.

Current neuronavigation systems display the location of a pointer on a screen and hence require the surgeon to look away from the patient. Augmented reality devices offer an alternative view that can help surgeons make decisions without looking away from the patient.

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Smartphone malware detection via power consumption monitoring

The Navy has developed a hardware/software solution capable of detecting undesired software attacks, worms, denial of service, flooding, or viruses on portable devices. The device includes a current sensing resistor for detecting an amount of electrical power or current consumed by the device.

Common techniques for protecting a computer system from software attacks, such as antivirus programs and firewalls, typically employ a scanning function to detect known malicious code. This technique is problematic when employed in portable devices because it can greatly increase power consumption and thereby reduce battery life as well as reduce the performance of microprocessors.

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An image of actress Jennifer Aniston’s face, left, is morphed into that of actress Angelina Jolie. The second left picture is still recognizable as Aniston (positive borderline exemplar, blue dots), while the next picture is not (negative borderline exemplar, red dots). Likewise, morphing Aniston’s image towards many other people will generate sufficient landmarks to identify and enclose the space belonging to Aniston (shaded area). This process is used to generate the face space of the person of interest.

cFaces facial recognition software

Navy researchers have invented powerful facial recognition software specifically for watchlist surveillance that replicates human facial recognition processes.

The prototype system, known as cFaces, is capable of autonomously recognizing a person of interest and does not need to search any image database, nor does it need to match or rank images as a precursor to recognition.

Unlike other facial recognition systems, cFaces preserves individual privacy, storing only the images of known bad actors on the watchlist, and by limiting access to authorized users.

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Crowdsensing app that locates lost persons

The Air Force has invented a way to locate lost persons who are not carrying mobile phones, like children or the cognitively disabled, through a crowdsensing app.

If the child goes missing, the parent can issue an alert that will, in turn, inform participants to monitor signals from the missing person’s tag.

The system utilizes the cellular infrastructure and does not use GPS, making it energy efficient and functional indoors.

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Wireless power system design toolbox

The Navy has invented software tools for wireless power system designers.

Current design processes and systems do not enable designers or engineers to effectively balance performance, design, operational needs, component limitations, and constraints in a way that supports cognitive function and understanding on the part of designers and users.

Addressing these issues for wireless power energy system design, Navy scientists have developed and pressed into use a modeling and simulation, analysis, and visualization environment.

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Purchase order processing software

Navy scientists and engineers have developed the Material Ordering and Reporting Expediter (MORE) – a procurement tool that uses a Windows-compatible database with either an internet interface or the database server’s own interface to partially automate preparing and obtaining approvals on the numerous types of purchasing documents used by an organization or subunit.

The MORE program allows for three classes of users: (1) Requesters: people who need something—a tool, a part, a contract—to complete a task; (2) Processors (within-Division buyers); and (3) Signatories: supervisors and financial personnel with approving authority.

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