Photo: Biofire's first smart gun. (Biofire Technologies)
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Where might you find the safest café in all of LA? How about the one at the Los Angeles Policy Academy in Elysian Park? The public cafe and restaurant at the LAPD's training school is part of an ongoing remodel of an old LA institution that has been freshened up for a new age in policing. DnA producer Avishay Artsy took a tour last month and learned about a building handmade by officers and haunted by a ghost, as well as an education that teaches police how to shoot as well as when not to shoot.
There has been a lot of talk about smart gun technology, but little action because of industry resistance. But an MIT freshman named Kai Kloepfer has presented what he believes is a viable working model of a fingerprint-enabled smart gun. Geoffrey Fowler of the Wall Street Journal has been reporting on the project's development and believes Kloepfer could "disrupt" the gun industry.
Frédérick Gautier is a French ceramicist trained in landscape architecture who once had a studio on a boat on the Seine River in Paris. But he recently spent time living in Frogtown and has created raw, rough clay teapots, plates, flower pots, inspired by inspired by the Los Angeles River, from engineering details in the concrete channel to the pipes and objects he found there.
His installation is on display at Please Do Not Enter, a gallery in downtown Los Angeles that last year sponsored the whitewashing of the Bates Motel in Silver Lake. DnA spoke with Frédérick Gautier and Nicolas Libert, co-founder of Please Do Not Enter.
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