Destiny 2 Lost Sectors – locations and their repeatable loot rewards explained • Page 1 • Eurogamer.net

Published 10/09/2017

Destiny 2 Lost Sectors are something new to Bungie’s space-faring sequel – mini-dungeons that you can find as you explore each Patrol area, each with a manner of things to shoot and find.

There are a total of 27 spread across Earth, Nessus, Titan and Io and each one offers varying levels of challenge – including lots of enemies and a dungeon mini boss).

What are Lost Sectors in Destiny 2?

Lost Sectors are mini-dungeons tucked away off the beaten path in the game’s many Patrol areas. As you are exploring, you will find a symbol painted on a wall like this, indicating that one is nearby:

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From there, the dungeon is close, you just have to find the entrance, which is where our series of links below come in.

Once you’re inside, you then have to clear the dungeon of its enemies, including a named boss. Doing so will allow you to open the Lost Sector chest at the end and take its loot.

The game’s first EDZ mission will give you a taste of this, taking you into the basement of the church where one of the Trostland Lost Sectors can be found.

Lost Sector locations

Below is an in-progress list of Lost Sectors and their locations.

The game doesn’t provide a Power level suggestion for completing each one, but if you are in that area for another objective, chances are you are powerful enough to take it on – there’s no need to unlock them otherwise.

However, some can be very difficult, so don’t worry about getting them out of the way from the beginning. Try tackling them in a squad or after you’ve finished the campaign and hit level 20; we found a Power Level of 200 and over made us strong enough for any of them.

EDZ

Titan

Io

More coming soon!



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Class changes, Exotics, levelling and more explained.


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Want more on Destiny 2? Our Destiny 2 guide tells you everything else know on the game so far, including every change big and small from the original. Elsewhere we explain how to get a Sparrow in Destiny 2, how Clans and Guided Games and Legendary Shards work, Crucible tips, a Destiny 2 Exotics list, details on the PC version and graphics options, how to unlock classes and subclasses, details of all Destiny 2 PS4 exclusives and everything we know about the upcoming Destiny 2 Raid.

Lost Sector rewards and repeatable loot

Lost Sectors typically contain several loot drops and a Token for that planet.

Though they are dungeons that can be cleared, they are repeatable (once a day) allowing you to get loot again.

However, it won’t be as much as the first time you completed it, and are more in-line with a loot chest you’d receive after an activity such as a Public Event – usually one Blue (rare) Engram with a Token for that planet’s Faction.

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Lost Sector chests look a little different to regular ones.

Once you get so far in the story, you’ll unlock some additional systems and features, including Challenges.

These give you additional tasks to do in each mode, and in Patrol, once of these could include doing a Lost Sector within a specific area of planet, giving you further incentive to replay Lost Sectors you have already cleared.

Additional reporting by Matthew Reynolds

Lost Group Admin shield

Recently I was given a shield symbol to the right of my name in any group I admin. Like so: https://i.imgur.com/qGlQHQZ.png

Today this is gone and I’m wondering why? No one else can see my shield anymore either.

Antiquia Lost Releases Today, Here’s More Information

Antiquia Lost release

Need a Kemco RPG in your life? You’re in luck as Antiquia Lost has just released on the PlayStation 4 and Vita. Costing $19.99, Antiquia Lost’s main standout mechanic involves its slime girl heroine. Depending on the heroine eats, she’ll gain different abilities to use in battle. It seems relatively similar to a mechanic that the Final Fantasy Legend series (a.k.a. the Game Boy SaGa games) had in their games.

Kemco released a launch trailer for Antiquia Lost:

There’s also more information courtesy of the company:

Story

Bine, a young man who lives in a small rural village, spends his days peacefully, doing jobs and dealing with demons for the villagers. One day, he is asked by Lunaria, a girl who lives near the village, to go with her to the royal capital.
After a journey full of surprises, the two of them arrive at the capital. They are thrilled to be in the city for the first time, but they are greeted by one of the castle soldiers who are supposed to protect the citizens.
With more and more disappearances occurring, the rulers’ expectations are mixed.
And there is a forgotten existence, too…

The birth of a scavenger heroine!

The heroine, Lunaria, does not have levels like other characters. By eating gems, her statuses are strengthened, and she can learn skills.
Of course you can let her eat gems that aren’t needed, and she will also eat gems dropped by demons. She really is a scavenger heroine, and eating gems makes her stronger and stronger!
In battle, she has a powerful death-blow skill: she can mimic monsters!

Trust between allies is the key to victory

As trust between Bine (the main character) and his allies increases, more and more powerful skills which borrow allies’ strength become possible!
Mount powerful attacks by making use of the different characteristics of each tribe.
Special actions, such as smashing rocks or squeezing through narrow gaps, are also possible, depending on the character at the head of the party.
Build deeper and deeper links with allies, defeat enemies, and try to find all the hidden items!

Plant seeds and harvest items

By planting beans in plant pots, you can harvest many different items.
There are fruits to increase statuses, and every now and again, you might grow something incredible!

A wide range of achievements

The game features many well-loved achievements, including weapon development and arenas where you can fight against strong enemies. This is not a game you will tire of quickly!
Also, there are still things to look forward to even once you complete the game!

You can grab Antiquia Lost from the PlayStation Store.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy review Australia

If you love adventure, exploration, and great shooter games then this one is for you.

ACTUAL archaeologists will likely tell you that treasure tends to be more in the form of enhanced knowledge about ancient civilisations and less in the form of the Ark of the Covenant, buried pirate treasure, or lost cities in the Amazon.

There’s a reason there aren’t any popular computer games about being an actual archaeologist, and that’s because it’s not nearly as exciting as raiding tombs, evading ancient booby traps, looting shiny gold artworks, swinging over spike pits, and firing guns at wild animals/angry natives/rival treasure hunters/mercenaries.

The team at Naughty Dog know this better than anyone, having released five games in their PlayStation-exclusive Uncharted series of adventures.

While the first four games in the series followed the adventures of modern-day Indiana Jones archetype Nathan Drake, the most recent game — Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, released exclusively on PlayStation 4 — shifts the focus from Nathan and onto two secondary but popular characters from the series.

This time around, Australian-Indian treasure hunter Chloe Frazer (the player’s character) has teamed up with South African mercenary Nadine Ross as they search for the fabled Tusk of Ganesh in the Western Ghats region of India.

The scenery is breathtaking, the special effects impressive.

The scenery is breathtaking, the special effects impressive.Source:Supplied

The graphics and characterisation in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy are outstanding right through. The scenery is breathtaking, the special effects impressive, and the world itself just a fascinating place to be in — even if for most of it you’re swinging over chasms, shooting at soldiers or leaping from one precarious handhold to another.

The dialogue and the banter between Chloe and Nadine is superb — whether it’s Chloe making wry, almost self-aware comments on what’s going on, Nadine arguing with her over the best course of action, or just the two of them sharing stories, it’s great to listen to and makes you feel like you’re along on an adventure with actual people.

After an initial opening level or two in an Indian city where you get the hang of the controls and a better understanding of what Chloe and Nadine are up to — along with who their opponent Asav is — the next area is a huge, open-world region with temple ruins, rivers and treasures which can be explored in a 4WD.

Chloe and Nadine make a great team.

Chloe and Nadine make a great team.Source:Supplied

For much of the game you’re swinging over chasms, shooting at soldiers or leaping from one precarious handhold to another.

For much of the game you’re swinging over chasms, shooting at soldiers or leaping from one precarious handhold to another.Source:Supplied

Just at the point where I was starting to get a bit tired of driving around in a jeep, the story focused itself on a particular objective and sharpened up quite nicely.

The game takes about 6-10 hours to finish and is paced well, although it faltered around the three-quarter mark before picking up again for a strong finish.

The puzzles deserve praise for being interesting and thought-provoking but not frustrating — and if you find yourself stuck, there’s an option to get Nadine to solve it for you so you can move on and enjoy the story.

The criticisms I have of the game are relatively minor — a few times I found myself wondering why I was trying to find an alternative route or path when Chloe had a satchel full of C4 and an established lack of qualms about using it to get through ruins in her way, there’s the whole “why do complex mechanisms which have been abandoned jungle fortresses for centuries still work?” thing inherent in all lost treasure hunting stories, and for a treasure hunter Chloe certainly knows her way around a wide range of military-grade weapons and seems to have absolutely zero qualms killing a lot of people.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy has an egaging storyline that should take about six to 10 hours to complete.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy has an egaging storyline that should take about six to 10 hours to complete.Source:Supplied

A couple of the shootouts felt a little like someone said “Well, we’re overdue for some gunfire. Cue the bad guys!”, and the small arms all seemed pretty interchangeable too.

From a gameplay or plot progression narrative, The Lost Legacy doesn’t break any new seals, but since the mechanics behind Uncharted 4 are still solid, there’s an element of not fixing things which aren’t broken too.

While Nathan Drake has been the iconic star of the series, The Lost Legacy is a stellar game without his presence and stands alone as an outstanding title in its own right.

Naughty Dog have found gold with this game and hopefully we’ll see more of Chloe Frazer in future Uncharted games — she’s an excellent protagonist, likeable, and a natural fit to take over Nathan Drake’s mantle.

If you like adventure, exploration, and great settings then travel by map to your nearest games retailer or the PlayStation Store and get a copy of this one right away.

SpaceX rocket launch, ‘Game of Thrones’ recap, and the strangest places people lost their phones


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Power rankings in the MLB via our Sports section video: Can anyone catch the L.A. Dodgers? See how USA TODAY Sports’ experts rank the MLB teams from 1 to 32 after another week of action, including an important weekend series between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. Noon ET

Watch live as SpaceX launches a rocket via Facebook Live:Elon Musk’s SpaceX launches a rocket to the International Space Station from Florida’s Space Coast. 12:30 p.m. ET

Game of Thrones recap via Facebook live: There’s only two episodes left in Game of Thrones’ penultimate season! USA TODAY’s Kelly Lawler talks GoT and other buzzworthy happenings on the small screen. 2 p.m. ET

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A spooky documentary previewvia our Fan Theory podcast: The co-hosts of our Fan Theory podcast chat with Paranormal State star Chad Calek about his eerie new documentary Sir NoFace. 9 a.m. ET 

Listen to kids review their favorite books via our Summer Reading podcast: On our newest podcast, grade-schoolers take over the mic to rate and review their favorite books. Episodes publish every Tuesday through the back-to-school season and each conversation is as illuminating as it is hilarious. 9 a.m. ET

Watch childhood sweethearts wed 20 years after they first met via HumanKind video: Matt has loved Laura since he was three years old. He promised their kindergarten class he would marry her one day, and sure enough, 20 years later he did just that. 9 a.m.

How to MacGyver your smartphone photos via our Tech section video:USA TODAY tech columnist Jennifer Jolly has cheap, innovative tricks for taking the best vacation photos. Morning

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Chat with Olympian Laurie Hernandez interview via Facebook live:  Gymnastics reporter Nancy Armour talks with Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez at the P&G Gymnastics Championships in Anaheim, California. Facebook live. Evening

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“We’d lost our voice”: STM Goods’ CEO on the ‘scary’, albeit necessary decision to rebrand | Dynamic Business – Small Business Advice – Forums

Heading into 2017, STM – a Sydney-based maker of laptop bags and other tech accessories – had enjoyed three years of record growth, fuelled by strategic hires across sales, product development and marketing plus firmer support from long-term retail partners.

Not only had its revenue tripled, its global footprint had increased nearly three-fold from having products available in ten countries, to now thirty countries in the present day.

Against this backdrop, co-founders Ethan Nyholm and Adina Jacobs made the bold albeit nerve-racking decision to rebrand STM as it entered its 20th year of operation.

“A regular client didn’t recognise us”

“We felt that we had lost our voice and that our message wasn’t necessarily resonating with people. A key moment of realisation was when we gave a repeat brand presentation at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) to one of our regular clients and they didn’t seem to recognise our brand”, Nyholm, the company’s CEO, told Dynamic Business.

“Our core message of providing technical products that are stylish, durable and highly functional has remained the same since 1998, when Adina and I founded STM, and we wanted to retain it; however, we wanted to make a significant change in how that message was being communicated. The goal was to re-emphasise who we are, and what we’re about, and thus reconnect with our consumers, who’ve come to expect products that are not only functional, durable and smart but which enable them to use their devices flexibly.”

Nyholm and Jacobs resolved to revise the company’s name from STM Bags to STM Goods to better reflect businesses extensive collection of digital accessory products that extends beyond bags. They also introduced a brand new ‘spear’ logo, which was designed to signify the company’s bold ambition and resourcefulness.

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Old logo: STM Bags

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New logo: STM Goods

“Changing the logo was scary,” Nyholm admitted. “The concern was that we would lose our loyal, long-term customers who recognised and identified with our original look. Plus, we had invested quite a bit, over the years, in protecting our intellectual property, and this included legal fees. The trademark based on our old branding had been registered in several countries and it was an expensive process to change.

“The risk of losing brand equity we had spent nearly 20 years accumulating and protecting was not something our team found it easy to accept. It was also a concern that we had just launched in some markets, but we felt that the new branding and messaging would resonate better.”

“The rebrand process was eye-opening”

To assist with the rebrand, Nyholm, Jacobs and their team sought to collaborate with a design agency.

“We felt like we were a bit stuck in our own way of thinking, so it was useful to have an external party reframe the challenge for us,” he said. “Similarly, we also brought on a new marketing manager who really highlighted how much that change was needed. He made us dig deeper into our brand by asking us what STM stood for and what mattered most to us about the company – it was an exercise that really opened our eyes and made us realise there was a strong opportunity to communicate to our customers in a fresh new way”

We had been looking at our own business story for 17 years without being able to articulate the message in the same way our marketing manager, Tracy could.”

The rebrand process started in April 2016, concluded in January 2017 and was unveiled in Las Vegas at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) that month. To support the rebrand, STM followed it up with the launch of its Power range of portable charge devices and the Streets collection, a four-piece collection of accessories designed for the young entrepreneur.

“No reaction is worse than a bad reaction”

According to Nyholm, the company’s retail partners, along with users on Facebook and Twitter, provided a useful source of feedback.

“Not everyone liked the change but I do not think that is necessarily negative,” he said. “A bad reaction is at least a reaction and people have noticed! No reaction would be worse.

“Overall the new branding, logo and messaging has been really well received. The quality of the material and messaging that our marketing department is delivering is far better than what we have done in the past, which has been enabled by our fresh new look and branding.”

Moving forward, Nyholm said he, Jacobs and their team are focused on improving planning and logistics as well as internal communication.

“From an external perspective, we are going to boost our focus on marketing and communication to make sure that we do not lose our voice again, and to maintain the current momentum,” he said. “In terms of new products, there are some gaps that we think we can fill, after dabbling, and looking at other tech accessories, but we need to come to a decision about these things, and that is sort of where we are right now. An exciting place to be!”

Facebook reunites ring lost at WSU in the ’70s with owner

It was 1984, and Jay Hiltgen – a scholarship javelin thrower for Wichita State University – was at practice at Cessna Stadium.

Something caught his eye on the ground, glimmering right by his javelin. He picked it up and saw that it was a high school class ring, decorated with a ruby red stone and a growling lion. Someone with the initials JAH who had graduated from Lawrence High School in 1977 had apparently lost it.

Hiltgen took it home, intending to send it off to Jostens, the company that made the ring, to see if it could be reunited with its owner.

But the reunion took 33 years.

After all this time, Hiltgen has finally found the owner of the ring, who said he lost it so long ago, he almost had forgotten he ever had it. But soon, “JAH” will have it back.

Chalk it up to one of the miracles of social media.

“Back then we didn’t have computers or iPhones, and we definitely didn’t have any Facebook,” said Hiltgen, who now lives in Shawnee County, about 15 miles northeast of Topeka.

After Hiltgen found the ring, he took it with him back to his parents’ house, fully intending to find its owner. Years later, he still hadn’t done it, and when he moved out and got married, everything he owned was thrown into boxes – including the ring.

The box stayed packed until two weeks ago. Hiltgen, a hunter, was working on a gun and remembered that he had some gun pieces in an old box. He went digging.

“I opened a box up and, and there in the bottom was that ring,” he said.

Hiltgen felt bad he’d never followed through, so his wife volunteered to call Jostens. But the company’s records go back only about 17 years, they told her.

“I was sitting there and told her, ‘Let’s just put it on Facebook and see what happens,’” Hiltgen said.

So on Tuesday at about 6 p.m., Hiltgen took pictures of the ring on his own finger and posted them to his account. “Please share this and maybe the owner can be reunited with it,” he wrote.

By the time he went to bed, Hiltgen said, he had solved his 33-year-old mystery.

The post was shared enough times that night that it reached people from the Lawrence High class of 1977, who looked in their yearbooks for people whose initials were JH.

One of the people who saw the post decided that the ring must belong to his boss: John Arthur Hardman, who owns Jayhawk Bowling Supply in Lawrence – and who is also a member of the Lawrence High School class of 1977.

“I walked in the front door to come to work, and one of my guys was sitting at his desk and said, ‘John, someone’s found your class ring! I’m almost positive it’s going to be your high school class ring!’” Hardman said.

Hardman really hadn’t thought about his class ring much at all during his adult life. He knew he once had one. And he knew that he’d somehow lost it. But he had no idea when or where.

He’d attended Wichita State bowling scholarship from 1977 until 1981, and at one point, he’d lived in Fairmount Towers, near Cessna Stadium. He used to sneak in to the stadium at night to run the track, he said.

“The only thing I can think of is I lost it jogging and maybe it got kicked on to the grass and it ended up getting embedded on the ground,” Hardman said.

Both Hardman and Hiltgen remember that the Cessna Stadium football field had been tilled up around the time the ring resurfaced. Both theorize that the tiller churned it up.

The two former WSU athletes have made plans to meet and exchange the ring, and Hardman said the timing is particularly interesting.

Just last weekend, Hardman said, he attended his 40th high school reunion, so he had been spending a lot of time reminiscing about 1977.

“That really makes you think about your classmates and memories of school, so to have this happen right now is strange,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to getting it back.”

Niantic Surprised Pokemon Go Fan Who Lost 85 Pounds Playing the Game

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While many players who started playing Pokemon Go when the game was released and reached its peak popularity simply wanted to catch some Pokemon out in the real world with their Trainer friends, the physical benefits of the game couldn’t be ignored. A game that required players to get up and take their gaming on the go in order to fully participate – assuming you’re not spoofing your location – many players were able to tell unique and inspiring weight loss stories, and one user even had their physical fitness journey acknowledged by Niantic.

The Pokemon Go player in question who had his story recognized by Niantic lost over 85 pounds while playing the game. Pleased with the results, the user, treyyates, posted his before-and-after weight loss pictures on Reddit back in December to show his transformation and to explain his motivations for losing weight. He insisted that Pokemon Go was a core part of him being capable of such weight loss, saying that he owed a great deal to the game that he both enjoyed and used to his advantage.

Fast-forward several months, and it appears that Niantic enjoyed hearing about treyyates’ weight loss story as well. Earlier in the week, the same user made another post on Reddit to follow up his initial story, saying that he’d received a letter from Niantic that came with two Pokemon Go Plus devices as well.

“I wanted to drop you a letter and express how much the personal story posted to Reddit of your weight loss impressed us at Niantic,” the letter began. “It is clear by reading the responses that most people felt the same.”

Of course, there were some naysayers who thought the story seemed a bit too good to be true, but Niantic is already pretty active within the Pokemon Go communities on Reddit, and they even confirmed the follow-up story in the comments. The full text of the handwritten letter can be seen here, a welcome surprise that the user likely won’t forget anytime soon.

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Opinion: Motorola has lost sight of what the Moto X originally stood for

Over the years, I’ve owned a lot of different smartphones from a lot of different brands. However, of all the devices that I’ve ever called my daily driver, the ones that stick out the most are all three generations of the Moto X. The Moto X series has always stood for something different in this industry than what everyone else was doing, but with the upcoming Moto X4, it’s quite obvious that Lenovo-owned Motorola has lost sight of what the Moto X originally stood for.

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When the original Moto X was announced in 2013, it was initially met with lukewarm reception. On paper, the Moto X didn’t look all that impressive if you were solely comparing its specs and price with other competing devices. Here’s the thing though – the Moto X wasn’t about using the same specifications as every other flagship and then quietly fading into the background after a couple months. Instead, the Moto X offered a genuinely unique user experience that helped it differentiate itself from every other smartphone at that time.

The 2013 Moto X was the smartphone that introduced Motorola’s hands-free voice features and Moto Maker. The former allowed you to talk to your phone even when the screen was off for asking questions and performing tasks, whereas the latter enabled customers to customize every little detail of the phone during the buying process. Combine these two features with an in-house processing package and a form factor that was quite a bit smaller than industry standards, and the Moto X was a genuine breath of fresh air.

Oh, and that Motorola dimple on the back was just the best.

For the most part, 2014’s Moto X kept all of the good things about 2013’s version and helped to remedy some of its weaker points. The 2nd gen Moto X had a slightly larger display (5.2-inches up from 4.7-inches) with a higher resolution, a bigger battery, improved camera, additional custom software features/gestures that were actually quite useful (chop-chop for the camera, anyone?), and even more colors and materials to choose when designing the phone on Moto Maker. Even though the 2nd gen Moto X adopted a couple specs that were common of other flagship phones, it still retained all of the character and charm that made its older brother such a joy to use.

When 2015 rolled around and Motorola introduced the Moto X Pure Edition, this is where things started to change. Lenovo had just purchased Motorola a few months prior to the phone’s announcement, and while it’s unclear as to whether or not this company-wide shakeup impacted the making of the Moto X Pure Edition, something that is clear is that this Moto X was the last somewhat unique phone in the X series we’ll likely ever see.

With the Moto X Pure Edition, Motorola abandoned the iconic smaller form factor for a massive 5.7-inch display and ditched custom processing chips for ones that other flagships were using. These two changes made the Moto X Pure Edition feel a bit different from its 2013 and 2014 siblings, but even so, the phone still managed to stand out with front-facing stereo speakers, Moto Maker customization in full-force, and Motorola’s custom software suite.

When details on the Moto X4 first started trickling in this May, I was initially very excited to see what would come of the phone. It’s been two years since the Moto X Pure Edition was released, and a breath of fresh air with a revival of the Moto X line is just what the smartphone industry can use right about now.

Unfortunately, as more and more leaks/renders started to pour in, it became obvious that this simply was not going to be the case (see photo below).

Assuming the current device renders for the Moto X4 are accurate (which they likely are), the X4 will be nothing more than yet another Motorola-branded budget smartphone offering. The specifications look typical of what plenty of other devices have to offer, the design looks exactly like every other Moto phone that’s been released in the past year, and the plastic, wood, and leather materials are being ditched in favor of a considerably more boring metal construction.

And there’s no iconic Moto dimple.

In a bubble, the Moto X4 will likely be a fine phone – possibly even a good one. However, in order to be successful in this industry these days, you need to do whatever you can to stand out and be different. From what we know about the X4 so far, it’s doing absolutely noting to achieve this.

There are plenty of phones that don’t do a lot to be unique or different, but considering what the Moto X series originally stood for, seeing what the X4 has become is a true shame.

I don’t know about other long-time Moto X fans, but I can say with certainty that this one will be skipping out on a new Moto X entry for the first time in 4 years.

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Motorola Solutions and Neurala Work on Tech to Help Police Find Lost Objects or People

Chicago/Boston, US, July 17 — Motorola Solutions announces a collaboration with AI company Neurala. They want to combine Motorola’s body-cams with Neurala’s machine learning technology to support public safety users, like police staff, with their tasks. One such feature would be rcognizing objects and attributes.

About the two companies

Si500_Front Motorola SolutionsMotorola Solutions is the parent company that previously split off the Motorola Mobility division. Their focus is on innovative products for public safety and commercial customers. One such product is the Si500 body-camera that police officers could wear.

Neurala was founded in 2006 and it’s known for “The Neurala Brain”, a deep learning neural network software that can compute data from IoT-enabled products and can be controlled in a command center.

Finding people and objects with AI

When these two technology sets are combined, they could turn the body-worn endpoints into intelligent cameras. For instance, police officers getting a report on lost children could do patrols not only based on their human eyes but also switch on the body-camera and have the AI spot the kid. You can watch this scenario in the concept video below.

On the other hand, these features could also be used to spot wanted criminals that are still not caught. From a privacy protection point of view, these features should only be switched on when receiving a search order via radio. The cameras should not be permanently scanning people as the officers patrol the streets without being on the lookout for anyone in particular.

Similar technologies have also helped other safety organizations before. Read more:

Leadership insight

“We see powerful potential for artificial intelligence to improve safety and efficiency for our customers, which in turn helps create safer communities,” said Paul Steinberg, Chief Technology Officer, Motorola Solutions. “But applying AI in a public safety setting presents unique challenges. Neurala’s ‘edge learning’ capabilities will help us explore solutions for a variety of public safety workflows such as finding a missing child or investigating an object of interest, such as a bicycle.”

“Neurala’s L-DNN (Lifelong Deep Neural Network) technology eliminates the risk of ‘catastrophic forgetting,’ the number-one problem limiting the growth of deep learning neural networks for real-time use. Neurala’s technology solves the problem instantly at the device, accelerating the development of new AI applications that can learn at the edge after their deployment,” explained Massimiliano “Max” Versace, Neurala CEO. ”Working with Motorola Solutions to explore public safety applications of local, real-time AI leverages the power of artificial intelligence for the greater good.”

Update July 21st: A Motorola Solutions representative reached out and advised of some corrections for this article. They said that Telit Communications has not acquired them. Further research confirms that the original source of this information was wrong. Telit Communications has only acquired a certain business unit of Motorola Solutions in 2011 but that did not entail anything more.

Both Motorola Solutions and Neurala have reached out to make sure that their technology does not do facial recognition as previously reported. What they do is limited to recognizing objects and attributes (e. g. blue bike or a child with brown hair and a red shirt). The article has not been updated to reflect this better.


YouTube: AI-Powered Recognition Feature for IoT Police Body-Cams

Photo credit: Motorola Solutions
Source: Kate Dyer (Motorola Solutions), Alessandra Nagy (Neurala) / Crunchbase
Editorial notice: The quotes have been provided as part of a public press release.