InBox310 Android Industrial Computer
Next-Generation Computer for Smart Vending
The InBox Android Industrial Computer supports high computing capabilities while at much lower cost and power consumption than the X86-based computing platforms. Multiple open APIs are provided for custom UI and application development. The embedded support for an extensive catalog of vending peripherals and payment devices allows quick and simple integration into existing vending solutions.
A powerful, rugged ARM processor coupled with the open Android operating system provides the backbone for innovative smart vending solutions.
Powerful, Ruggedized Hardware
● Freescale i.MX6 quad-core Cortex A9 processor
● OpenGLES2.0 and OpenVG™1.1, 2D and 3D graphics acceleration
● 1080P HD fullscreen video at 60 Hz
● Industrial fanless design and low power consumption
● Wide range of peripheral interfaces including RS-232 serial, USB and HDMI for an expansive hardware compatibility portfolio
Android Operating System
Open-source Android toolkits and software reduce development time while improving the end-user experience.
Extreme temperatures, wide power supply tolerances, electromagnetic disturbance protection.
Ready to Vend
● Embedded support for an extensive catalog of payment devices and vending hardware allows quick and simple integration into existing vending solutions.
● As a platform for custom vending applications, the flexible Android API is unparalleled in terms of usability and developer controls.
Before public and private enterprises send humans hurtling through space in the hopes that they’ll land on Mars and start building an extraterrestrial settlement, it’s perhaps worth reviewing why that might be worthwhile. One important reason? So our whole species doesn’t die out.
National Geographic’s new miniseries, Mars, from executive producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, explores the public and private efforts underway to colonize the red planet and imagines the first manned mission a decade and a half into the future.
“We need to go to Mars because it protects us from extinction,” Andy Weir, author of The Martian, says in the first of six episodes. “There’s all sorts of things that could happen on Earth that kill all the humans on the planet. But once humans are on two different planets, the odds of extinction drop to nearly zero.”
The episode—premiering November 14 on TV but available now on NatGeo’s website—also features interviews with figures like SpaceX founder Elon Musk, astrophysicist and science icon Neil deGrasse Tyson and NASA Planetary Division Director Jim Green. These documentary scenes are interspersed with a fictional scripted drama—the spacecraft Daedalus and its international crew are en route to Mars in the year 2033.
Newsweek spoke with Howard about the series, what keeps him coming back to space projects and why the election matters for the future of space exploration.
This isn’t the first time you’ve worked on a project related to space exploration. What keeps bringing you back, most recently with Mars? It’s probably one of the most dramatic, romantic and cinematic realms that we could be dealing with as storytellers, and so it really stimulates my imagination and the audience’s as well. I thought this was such an interesting creative experiment as well. Both Brian Grazer and I really jumped into it.
One of the most striking things about Mars is the mix of scripted and unscripted, fictional and documentary, present and future. Can you talk a little bit about that creative experiment?It was an interesting notion because, on one hand, attempting to do a miniseries about going to Mars and having it be 100 percent scripted would have a) been prohibitively expensive perhaps and b) it would quickly exist as science fiction, no matter how well-researched. That’s not really what National Geographic stands for, no matter how authentic the portrayal might be. So the idea really began as a documentary, even though in back of our minds we had an idea that wouldn’t it be great to do a miniseries.
It quickly became a desirable idea to use the documentary material to inform the scripted material, and use the scripted material to engage audiences and relate to what might be involved in going to Mars and colonizing it. We thought the two could work together. There are lot of re-enactment shows…. Those are sort of low-budget re-enactments just meant to give a little energy to the talking heads. And this was something else. [We wanted to] create real, powerful, scripted dramatic material that is, of course, conjecture, but to make sure that it’s informed by the facts and the audience can trust that we’re not making things up here. We’re not creating heightened sci-fi.
Unlike most television shows, it had to be discovered in the editing room, more the way experimental feature films are and the way long-form documentary work is. We had outlines but didn’t really know when we were going to cut back and forth between scripted material and documentary materials. We had estimates, and sometimes we were right, and usually we were wrong. That eventually allowed us to find this balance.
What were you most surprised to learn in the process of making this series?As a storyteller, I was really relieved that it worked as well as it did. I like to make all kinds of shows and films, whether it’s fantasy or big-popcorn, big-screen escapism or dramas based on real events. I was thrilled that this worked. One of the things that gave me hope that it could is once we decided to go beyond the mission and just getting to Mars. We began focusing on dramatizing the colonization portion, which wasn’t in initial plan. I got really excited about it. It wasn’t until I began gathering information, talking to Elon Musk, reading the book [Steve Petranek’s How We’ll Live on Mars], that I began to really embrace the idea of colonization and eventually even terra-forming. That, I thought, gave us something fresh and exciting to explore.
One theme that keeps coming up in writing about space is the way astronauts and space agencies are trying to engage the public, from social media posts by astronauts to a collaboration like the IMAX documentary A Beautiful Planet, which was filmed by astronauts on the International Space Station. Can you talk a little bit about the role of documentaries, movies, shows, etc. in space exploration?I think it’s vital, and I think it’s one of the reasons we gained the cooperation we did in making Apollo 13, being allowed to work in the vomit comet and [film the] weightless scenes where [astronauts] do their training. [NASA said,] “We don’t know how to sell ourselves to the public.” The real dirty secret there is that once space exploration was no longer a Cold War tactic, once fear wasn’t fueling the program, once it was really about exploration, it was tougher to fund.
There have been more and more channels—the internet can reach more eyes, ears and minds. This flow of footage and images and sounds has been really important. What I think has been most important is entrepreneurs led by Elon Musk. There are others doing things in exploration and rocketry, [Jeff] Bezos and [Paul] Allen. I think that the American public is a little less skeptical and more inclined to have government space agencies stay involved. They see that it’s not bureaucracy at work, it’s not political, it’s a big societal idea. I think there’s sort of a tipping point that has appeared. There’s a tremendous amount of agreement and individuals and governments willing to invest. I hope the Mars series helps fuel it. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to do it.
If given the opportunity, would you want to go to Mars?At this point in my life, I wouldn’t want to invest the years. It’s not my dream. I’m excited about what technology is offering storytellers and movie- and TV-makers. I’m a huge advocate of going, but my adventures are identifying these various stories, whether it’s a Beatles documentary or the Dan Brown-Tom Hanks Da Vinci Code movies.
What do you think might be the consequences of this election as they relate to space exploration and this goal of getting humans to Mars? Or around science and climate change, which several of the panelists at the series premiere in New York referred to as one of the reasons we should be heading to Mars?I think a conservative vote at this point, meaning Donald Trump or most on the GOP side, is probably not a vote for this kind of progressive thinking and exploration. Bush said we were going to go to the moon and Mars [and nothing happened]. Obama said we were going to do it, and suddenly Scott Kelly is up there testing human viability for a year. NASA is putting more focus on the possibility. That’s one of a number of reasons I’m going to—well, I already voted, I already sent in my absentee ballot. It’s Hillary Clinton for me. That’s where the future is.
You haven’t exactly hidden your feelings about Donald Trump in your tweets and elsewhere. [Laughs.] Oh, you noticed that, huh?
What would you say to voters as we head into the final stretch?Whatever your political leaning, vote. This participation is vital. I feel the same way about issues like the space program, education, the military. The more the public focuses on these things, thinks and forms opinions, I think the better we are as a democracy. Look, this is a theme in the Dan Brown movie Inferno that I directed that’s coming out. This is not really a plug.... [Inferno is] about overpopulation. It hasn’t been addressed, and it’s a looming problem. Into that vacuum comes a very real threat—a solution propagated by a brilliant fanatic with the wherewithal to act. If we don’t participate, we create vacuums. Into those vacuums come individuals with an agenda that may not be ours. We have an opportunity to try to participate, to try to be influential.
Just hours after the Department of Justice published its legal brief on Thursday, Apple's general counsel Bruce Sewell held a press conference to slam the strongly-worded brief with an equally strong statement of his own.
After two months of discussions, interviews and a Congressional hearing, the rhetoric between Apple and the U.S. government reached a new level of hostility, with both sides using bombastic language against each other.
"The tone of the brief reads like an indictment," Sewell says, in a transcript provided by Business Insider. "In 30 years of practice, I don't think I've seen a legal brief that was more intended to smear the other side with false accusations and innuendo, and less intended to focus on the real merits of the case."
The Department of Justice's 43-page response called Apple's crusade in fighting a court order against cooperating with the FBI to open the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook a "deliberate marketing decision."
Sewell took the greatest offense at the Department of Justice's claim that Apple cooperated with the Chinese government providing information inside thousands of iPhone in China. He said those claims were speculations from unidentified sources floating on the Internet.
"To do this in a brief before a magistrate judge just shows the desperation that the Department of Justice now feels," Sewell says. "We would never respond in kind, but imagine Apple asking a court if the FBI could be trusted 'because there is this real question about whether J. Edgar Hoover ordered the assassination of Kennedy—see ConspiracyTheory.com as our supporting evidence.'"
Just nine days ago, Sewell and FBI Director James Comey were having a heated but respectful debate in front of the House Judiciary Committee in Capitol Hill. Congress is now in midst of deciding between a yet-unannounced Senate bill or a bipartisan Congressional encryption committee to look closer at the issue.
Apple and the FBI will be meeting in court for the first time on March 22—one day after Apple's newest product launch event.
"We know there are great people in the DoJ and the FBI," Sewell says. "That's why this cheap shot brief surprises us so much... We are going before court to exercise our legal rights. Everyone should beware because it seems like disagreeing with the Department of Justice means you must be evil and anti-American."
A technique to store data for billions of years has been developed by researchers, who believe it could be used to record the entire history of mankind.
Scientists at the University of Southampton in the U.K. built glass discs with a shelf life of 13.8 billion years—the approximate age of the universe—when stored at 190 degrees Celsius (374 Fahrenheit), and a “virtually unlimited lifetime” at room temperature.
Each disc can handle up to 360 terabytes of data, the equivalent of 720 million photos or 684 years’ worth of uninterrupted music playback.
“It is thrilling to think that we have created the technology to preserve documents and information and store it in space for future generations,” said professor Peter Kazansky from the university’s Optoelectronics Research Centre.
“This technology can secure the last evidence of our civilization: all we’ve learnt will not be forgotten.”
The scientists used a method called femtosecond laser writing to record and retrieve digital data onto small glass discs in five dimensions.
In a display of its capabilities, digital copies of the King James Bible, the Magna Carta, Newton’s Opticks and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights were saved onto a disc. The scientists believe these discs will survive the human race.
Five-dimensional (5D) digital data storage—so-called because in addition to the 3D position of the data, the size and orientation is also a factor—was first demonstrated in 2013, however only a tiny amount of data was able to be recorded at the time.
Kazansky and his team will now look for commercial partners in order to develop the technology further in the hope of bringing it to market.
The research, “5D Data Storage by Ultrafast Laser Writing in Glass”, is set to be presented at the International Society for Optical Engineering Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday.
InRouter615-S Series Industrial LTE Router
Stable, Easy-to-manage and Secure
Nowadays, unattended devices including electric vehicle charging spots, self-service lockers, digital signage, self-service vending machines, kiosks, and intelligent medical equipment have been widely used in various industries. A large number of dispersed unattended devices require networking and centralized management to achieve operation monitoring, data acquisition, remote maintenance and etc.
As a stable, easy-to-manage and secure industrial 4G LTE router, the InHand InRouter615-S is ideal for unattended devices networking and efficient management.
Stable connection is essential for unattended businesses. Unreliable networking product is unable to recover from failures and onsite maintenance is required to conduct manual reboot, which results in longer downtime and increased costs.
Embedded with hardware watchdog, the InRouter615-S is able to maintain high level of availability. It also supports multi-layer auto link detection and recovery to automatically recover from various failures, ensuring business uptime.
The InRouter615-S support multiple and professional configuration tools covering every step from onsite installation, Internet access to daily maintenance, making it easy for industry customers to complete the deployment and management of large-scale dispersed devices.
● Easy Deployment: The InRouter615-S supports Ethernet, 3G/4G and Wi-Fi to meet different onsite requirements; provides multiple installation options for various environments.
● Easy Management: The InRouter615-S provides professional network configuration and management tools including easy-to-use web interface, helping customers easily manage large-scale distributed networks.
VPN and Data Security
The InRouter615-S is designed with a comprehensive security solution to protect business data, including encrypted VPN transmission and firewall protections.
● Data Transmission Security: support IPSec VPN, L2TP, PPTP, OpenVPN and CA;
● Firewall Protections: SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection), SSH (Secure Shell), intrusion protection (Ping blocking), DoS defense, attack defense, IP-MAC binding, etc.
The InRouter615-S support InHand Device Touch Cloud, allowing engineers to conduct remote diagnostics, debugging and programming.
● When receiving fault alerts, engineers can log in local Device Touch client, access user devices remotely via on-demand VPN tunnels and complete diagnostics, debugging and programming; InHand Device Touch provides a secure and efficient way to achieve remote maintenance with no onsite visits required.
Metro systems, the veins of modern metropolises, have changed the way of urban transit. The construction and operation of metro systems brought about good business opportunities.
But accidents happen, casualties in metro accidents have increased significantly in recent years. Metro construction and operation companies need up-to-date safety management means and technologies to prevent accidents and to minimize casualties when they happen. A comprehensive metro station environment monitoring solution is developed by Schneider Electric to provide real-time monitoring of the environment of metro stations, pre-alert to accidents and emergencies, and safety protection of the metro system. InHand Networks is honored to contribute a part in this solution.
● Support multiple ring protocols, including RSTP, G.8032 and iRing
● Instant ring response is within 50ms
● VLAN partitioning and data isolation
● Support DRSTP
● Operate reliably under extreme temperatures, e.g. down to -45℃ or up to +85℃
● EMC reaches class 4
How It Works
The InHand ISM2008D managed switches form a reliable ring network in the metro station that connects all the Schneider PLCs and I/O nodes to conduct comprehensive monitoring of the environment of the metro station and related controlling:
● Using highly-reliable and stable ISM2008D series switches
● Support RSTP/STP for fast ring recovery, self-recovery of ring is less than 50ms
● May build ring mixing with products of other brands (that support RSTP/STP), meeting the compatibility requirement for networking
● ISM2008D is highly-reliable and can maintain long hours of stable operation under harsh operating conditions, featuring operating temperature of -40℃~+85℃, IP40 protection, seamless metal housing, PCB protective coating (optional), input voltage tolerance of 18~36VDC, and power terminal block with reverse connection and over-current protection. The product passed EMC testing and safety certification of China Electric Power Research Institute.