Robot Prison Guards Roll Out

South Korea is about to put a new type of droid through its paces: a robot prison guard

The robots are designed to patrol the corridors of corrective institutions, monitoring conditions inside the cells. If they detect sudden or unusual activity such as violent behavior they alert human guards.

Unlike CCTV that just monitors cells through screens, the robots are programmed to analyze various activities of those in prison and identify abnormal behavior


Google Propeller

Flipboard is the quintessence of today’s applications: pretty, light, responsive and intuitive.

Photo of Flipboard on an iPad


However, it suffers from the market segmentation. If you have an iPad you are an happy user otherwise you need to find the closest possible alternative if you are in favor of Android’s devices.

Google tentatively tried to buy Flipboard in 2010 but somehow failed. They have Google Reader which is handicapped by its lack of dedicated tablet interface but, on the other, provides the “play” feature which is missing from Flipboard and allows to display articles without manual action.

Now what? Google works on the code-named product Propeller. It will be the new version of Google Reader.