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3D SketchArtist

3D SketchArtist is a new and innovative way to quickly sketch realistic face composites with computer software. According to Technest 3D-ID, the program lets you change (or morph) virtually any feature of a face using a simple graphical interface. In addition, the facial expressions and the lighting can be changed—and the three-dimensional aspect of the program allows you to change the pose of the individual to provide profile views and other angled views. Another feature is the ability to open the mouth of the sketched individual. To learn more:

CPA SIM Analyzer

Cell-phone data is retrievable with the SIM Analyzer that was just introduced by BKForensics. The new product was designed to help law-enforcement personnel acquire certain data: last number dialed; abbreviated dialing numbers; active and deleted text messages; and other potential evidence. According to the manufacturer, this is the first automated software capable of interpreting binary data extracted from cell phones. For more information:

H2X Arcturus

The hand-held LED flashlight that was recently introduced by Insight Tech-Gear is called the H2X Arcturus. It is a simplified multi-function tactical LED flashlight that provides dynamic flexibility without confusing complexity. The high-output 120 lumen LED, along with its precision-focused and machined aluminum reflector, provides exceptional brightness with a tightly focused uniform beam. The run-time on the “high” setting is about 2 hours—but on the “low” setting, the run-time is about 300 hours. The housing is water-resistant to a depth of 16 feet. For more information:

PS AF28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di Aspherical Macro

There is a new macro lens that has recently become available from Tamron: the SP AF28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di Aspherical Macro. It is a compact and lightweight zoom lens that is compatible with full-size SLR cameras, including Nikon, Canon, Pentax, and Sony. It is now equipped with a built-in autofocus (AF) motor for use with the Nikon model A09NII. It features a fast maximum aperture of F/2.8 that is constant over the entire zoom range. For more information, you can download a PDF version of the company’s full-line catalog and read the details. Just go to:


This is a handy tool to have for a variety of personnel, including those in law enforcement, firefighting, military, and special forces. The SARD (an acronym for Search and Rescue Device) is manufactured by the German company Waffentechnik. It is marketed in the U.S. by Hallmark Cutlery. The SARD’s unique design, functional performance, versatility, and adaptability as a knife and tool broadens its range of uses to hunting and outdoor applications. Key features include single-hand use; partial serration on the main blade; wire cutter; crimper; window breaker; and a positive grip so it is easy and safe to use with gloves. If you would like to learn more, call Hallmark Cutlery at this toll-free number:

XR-DE Dual Energy Module portable X-ray inspection system

Vidisco, Ltd. is a leader in the field of portable X-ray inspection systems. Their newest innovative product is the XR-DE Dual Energy Module. With 270 kV of power, duel-energy penetration is improved by 200 percent, thereby allowing for better probability of detection in suspected IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and other items. The company invites you to witness a live demonstration of their products. For more information, go to:

RT-Wave OFDM digital video series

Long-range wireless CCTV has apparently taken another step ahead with the RT-Wave OFDM digital video series from VideoComm Technologies. The new wireless series delivers real-time, high-resolution encrypted digital video up to 200 miles from the origin, making it perfect for the most extreme long-range applications, such as freeway monitoring; elevator surveillance; and building-to-building video links. To learn more about the RT-Wave OFDM systems, check this website:

Streamlight Super-Tac

This flashlight is billed as the brightest LED tactical flashlight on the market, which makes it a powerful and versatile tool for law-enforcement professionals who work in low-light situations. The Streamlight Super-Tac delivers up to 135 lumens of intense white light for up to 3.5 hours. The Super-Tac is fully O-ring sealed to resist moisture intrusion. It weighs only 7.1 ounces and measures a little more than 6.5 inches in length. If you would like to know more about the Super-Tac, go to:

If you’re looking for a cleaner that will remove oxide, scale, mineral deposits, milkstone, and inorganic soils, then you might want to check out the new Micro A07 Citric Acid Cleaner from International Products Corporation. This biodegradable blend of chelating citric acid and anionic surfactants offers enhanced cleaning performance when compared to simple citric acids and other citric-based products. With a typical pH of 2.5, Micro A07 is milder than most acids, but it is powerful enough to replace more aggressive acid cleaners. The product can be used in CIP, ultrasonic bath, immersion, mild agitation, and filter-membrane applications. It is zero-VOC, phosphate free, and non-corrosive. For more information, visit their website:

CRU-DataPort 25 Hand-Held SATA RAID removable drive enclosure

A global leader in data-security and data-mobility solutions recently unveiled a new product. CRU-DataPort has released its new DataPort 25 Hand-Held SATA RAID removable drive enclosure. (For your information: SATA is short for Serial Advanced Technology Attachment and RAID is Redundant Array of Independent Disks.) The Data-Port 25 line allows users to hot-swap two 2.5-in. SATA hard drives from a 3.5-in. slot in PCs, servers, and other devices such as digital cameras. By adding RAID functionality to this small-form-factor storage device, users will benefit from faster data throughput or increased data reliability. CRU added a RAID chip that provides four settings: striping, mirrored, concatenated, and JBOD (just a bunch of drives). For more information, go to their website:

Imagine Products P2-enabled video logger

There are two new versions of Imagine Products’ P2-enabled video-loggers: one for Apple Macintosh and one for Microsoft Windows. Both are flexible loggers and asset-management tools that have been futher improved for use with the native MXF video format stored on P2 memory cards. There are a number of new operational features with these products. In order to get more information, visit their website:

High N.A. UV microscope objective

Laboratories that require a higher level of performance over standard microscope objectives will be interested in the recently introduced high N.A. UV microscope objective with a numerical aperture of 0.90 from Special Optics, a Navitar company. The high N.A. UV micro objective provides 0.28 micron spot imaging at a wavelength of 248 nm and 0.41 micron spot imaging at a wavelength of 365 nm. The effective focal length is 5.5 mm and the field of view is 100 microns. Here is the website address for Special Optics:

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Image Clarification Workflow

A FEW WEEKS AGO, I received a call from Ocean Systems asking if I would like to beta test their newest software—ClearID v2.0 Image Clarification Workflow. The new progam has filters that were designed for use with Adobe’s Photoshop graphics-editing program.