New, published research displays accurate estimates of Facebook users’ race, age, IQ, sexuality, personality, substance use and political views based on automated analysis of Facebook Likes. An individual’s Facebook Likes are public by default. Researchers describe Facebook Likes as a “generic class” of digital record, like web search queries and browsing histories. Models provided a good prediction accuracy on sexuality and political status. The researchers also tested for personality traits including intelligence, emotional stability, openness and extraversion. Some Likes had a strong but seemingly odd link with a personal attribute, such as Curly Fries with high IQ. However, researchers believe that the estimations on personal attributes and personality traits can provide accurate personal portraits of millions of users. To find out more information on this research, please go to http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-03/uoc-drc030713.php
The Arlington Police Department can now utilize two small helicopter Unmanned Aerial vehicles (UAVs) in support of public safety. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted permission to the Arlington police to fly these unmanned vehicles under certain circumstance. The police department must fly under 400 feet, only during day time hours, in sight of the operator and safety observer, and must be in contact with the control tower at the nearby Dallas-Fort Worth airport. Two years prior, the Arlington police department was the first to begin training with small helicopter UAVs.
The UAVs to be used are Leptron Avengers, made in Utah by Leptron Industrial Helicopters. The helicopters are about 5 feet long and cay fly on battery power for about an hour. The Arlington Police gathered its first UAV with a grant from the Department of Homeland Security in support of security during the Superbowl. However, typical uses will include taking crime scene photos from above, or looking for missing people. Arlington Police Department is one of more than 80 entities to have applied for permission to fly drones. To find out more information about UAVs in Arlington, please go http://www.gizmag.com/arlington-tx-police-uav-faa/26665/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=67e5363b95-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email
A new technique of searching DNA databases has become extremely controversial because it can bring innocent people into criminal investigations. Genetic material found at a crime scene is run through the DNA database to see if it resembles an existing profile but does not provide for an exact match. Civil liberties advocates maintain that this has the potential for invading innocent people’s privacy. To find out more information on how these DNA databases would be used, please go to http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=dna-sampling-pros-cons-high-tech-dna-forensics
The 3-D printing pen is thick and possesses a small point that extends out from the bottom, where the plastic is released. Colorful spools of plastic are fed through the pen, allowing you to draw in the air and watch a scribble form in plastic. While drawing, the plastic that comes out solidifies into a string that can be formed into shapes. To find out more information on the pen and view a video, please go to http://www.popsci.com/gadgets/article/2013-02/3-d-printing-pen-adds-dimension-your-doodles
Ubiquitous Energy, a new startup technology company, is currently developing a clear film or screen that captures sunlight and charges electronic devices. The screen could be used for iPhones, Kindles, or any similar devices to extend the existing battery life when used outside. The screen is not yet a commercial product, but is being displayed at multiple technology shows. To read more about the technology, go to: http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2013-03/clear-screen-cover-keeps-devices-charged
Three new entrepreneurs have created a device that attaches to your smartphone and can act as a breathalyzer. The device, called Alcohoot, utilizes police-grade technology, so that the reading is accurate and reliable. For those who blow over the legal limit, the app provides the user with multiple food and taxi options in the immediate area. To read more or watch a video demonstration of Alcohoot, go to: http://www.popsci.com/gadgets/article/2013-03/police-grade-booze-breathalyzer-plugs-your-phone-video
As stretchable electronics continue to develop, we are witnessing the development of things such as smart fabrics, bendable displays, and even pressure-sensitive skin for robots. However, the usefulness of these electronics would be undermined if they still had to be hooked up to a rigid battery. Thus, a team of scientists has created a stretchable lithium-ion battery. The battery created consists of 100, small electrode disks positioned in a square array, embedded in a sheet of stretchy silicone elastomer. It can be stretched up to 300 percent of its original size, repeatedly folded and twisted and still functioning correctly. The battery is expected to be similar in power and voltage to a conventional lithium-ion battery. Presently, the stretchable battery is able to power an LED bulb for up to eight hours per charge and can withstand 20 recharging cycles with little capacity loss. To find out more information on the stretchable lithium-ion battery or to view a video concerning the stretchable battery, please go to http://www.gizmag.com/stretchable-lithium-ion-battery/26448/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=fb004d7cd6-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email.
eLearning opportunities have begun at William & Mary Law School and the Center for Legal & Court Technology (CLCT).
We offer “on-demand” courses for students, alumni, attorneys, paralegals, litigation support professional, law enforcement, eDiscovery service providers and courtroom technologists for career development and advancement.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the city of Gulfport, Mississippi enlisted the Center for Legal & Court Technology (CLCT) to help redesign its municipal courthouse, which was destroyed in the storm.
CLCT — a public service organization at William & Mary Law School — accepted the project on a pro bono basis.
In the years that followed, CLCT staff and students worked with architects to redesign the Gulfport Municipal Court and outfit it with state-of-the-art technology.
The new facility opened in February 2011 as part of the Robert J. Curry Public Safety Center. Meanwhile, CLCT continued its long-term commitment to help the Court streamline its operations.
This January, Gulfport mayor George Schloegel presented CLCT with a plaque recognizing its contributions to the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort, and thanking CLCT for its years of service.
“Your assistance, in the designing of our court facility and implementation of legal technology in our courtrooms, has established us as a model for Municipal Courts in Mississippi,” said Schloegel in his letter to CLCT.
CLCT took on the project after the City of Gulfport’s Court Administrator visited William & Mary Law School and requested CLCT’s help in redesigning the courthouse.
The Gulfport Municipal Court is the trial court of first instance for domestic violence cases, criminal and traffic offenses, and environmental matters. After the storm, it was relocated to trailers and then to a former elementary school.
CLCT was on the front lines of redesigning the arraignment and trial courtrooms. The project was led by Lederer and CLCT’s Deputy Director Martin Gruen, who was instrumental in the technology and courtroom designs. Numerous law students also assisted with the project.
“It’s very nice to have our work recognized,” said Fred Lederer, director of CLCT and chancellor professor of law. “I’m particularly pleased that this was a project where our students were so heavily involved.”
–Liz Barry, CLCT fellow
At this year’s Mobile World Congress, many of the biggest technology companies unveiled their planes to replace your wallet with your smartphone. MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, and Google were just some of the big players introducing new products. To read more about the individual products to be released, and how your wallet may soon be replaced, go to: