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Spencer asks why boys outnumber girls in tech. Dan explores IFA, the biggest tech expo in Europe. And Lara rediscovers augmented reality. Plus tech news.

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Coming up in about ten minutes on BBC News will be Newswatch,


This week, we've been to IFA, the massive tech show in Berlin.


We'll be looking at the big launches and the cool new devices


from the fair in a few minutes, and we'll also hear from the people


behind them, who, we've noticed are once again mostly men.


The lack of women in tech has been well documented and it's something


we run up against every single day working on Click,


and it's so frustrating, it's extremely rare for us to turn


up at a tech company and for any of the available spokespeople


It's been suggested that the lack of women in tech starts


Kids are going back to school this week on the heels of stats


from the latest exam results here in the UK showing that girls


are turning away from Stem subjects - that's science,


Only 20% of those who sat the computer sciences GCSE exam this


Someone who is fighting gender stereotypes is Anne-Marie Imafidon.


At 11 years old she took an A-level in computing and by 20 had graduated


So the biggest thing is the social norm and it's that awareness


of the options that you have, but also the role models


and the people that have gone before you.


And so you think that maybe it is just for dead white guys


to do, and of course there are loads of living guys that are working


in science and technology, but also loads of dead women that


have created things like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, of course famously


The first programme was written by Ada Lovelace.


But there are countless women whose stories we don't


And so that definitely plays on that social norm.


Anne-Marie co-founded Stemettes, an organisation on a mission


to inspire and help more women into stem careers.


She's also filled a house with teenage girls from across Europe


and turned it into an incubator to foster new Stem ideas.


My advice for young girls is to look for your tribe and look for groups


you can plug into and get involved in.


Technology is such a social thing to do, you rarely work on your own.


I'd love to see a technical female character in EastEnders or something


like that to move the social norm just a little bit so that


for the rest of us that whole notion of there being a technical female


is something that's not just that one character in the Matrix


or whoever it is in that Bond movie, but it's something a little bit more


Of course since I met Anne-Marie there has at least been one big


change on screen that may hopefully influence a whole generation...


..Maybe that should be regeneration of geeks.


OK, now, as promised, to Berlin, to Europe's largest tech fair,


IFA, where Dan Simmons has taken cover from the autumnal weather.


Tunnels of curved TVs lead you from Hall 70 to 80.


There are 26 here at IFA, some larger than a football pitch,


packed with the latest gadgets, gizmos and gardening baskets?


This one also uses LEDs but to grow plants.


The basket monitors and provides water and nutrients to promote


This year, robots seem to be everywhere.


This one's got eyes in the back of its head.


..To ones that will help you clean the floor.


It's supposed to stop if someone walks in front of it but if it


doesn't, at least you get a nice shoeshine.


And this multilingual one helps you get to your gate,


among other things, when you feed it your boarding card.


Both started work at Seoul airport this summer hoping to impress


visitors and raise LG's profile ahead of February's Winter Olympics.


Smart watches haven't quite been the hit that was promised,


so what about an old school watch with hands, with the smart screen


The hands even get out of the way when you get a message.


The idea has already raised $6 million in crowd fundraising.


And SanDisk has another big number on a microscale.


Now, this is remarkable, 400GB SD card.


Only last year this would have looked like this.


We've seen Vayyar's gadget for DIY home improvements that can see


through walls earlier this year using radio-frequency signals


like radar it can also detect family people are in the room


and whether they're sitting or lying down.


And the kit can also see through internal walls,


so multiple rooms can be monitored without the need


This sort of anonymous tracking could be used to smarten


You can have your TV follow you around, you can have the TV turn


off when you get up and get a coffee and you can have the coffee machine


start making coffee when you leave your room in the morning or even


direct the air conditioning or the heating to follow you around


or to change in accordance to how many people are inside the room.


Two new upgrades to consumer 360 cameras.


Kodak's 4K offering is now an all-in-one unit.


Postproduction has been simplified with an easy-to-use slider to stick


the two images together if you don't like the automatic on-board result.


And Insta360's One can now stream live to Facebook or YouTube


if you down-res from its native 4K quality.


It also let's you do a sort of director's cut of what you've


with friends, and the clever bullet shot feature let's you go


And Chinese newcomer Detu showcased its new low-cost 8k 360


Twobig phone launches here, LG's V30, which supports super


high-res sound files at a stunning 2-to-1 ratio OLED display and Sony's


latest Xperia model, which uses the camera's autofocus


function to create a 3-D model of anything.


Normally to do 3-D you would have to go to a professional studio


and use lots of cameras but we've brought that into one camera


Take that standard OBJ file and basically the possibilities


Hmm, with some messaging apps out there already able to make use


of these 3-D scans, perhaps they are.


Where are they? I thought we were in a safe place!


The release of both Apple and Google's AR developer kits


..At a time when augmented reality has been upping its game.


Well, we started out with augmented reality in books seven years ago


and at the time we were using webcams and computers.


Now the characters that we generate with the digital AR are much richer,


they're more complicated, they're more sophisticated.


The interactivity we can do with those features is much greater


so as ARKit and ARCore from Apple and Google come into play later this


year, we'll be able to be even more, it's going to be


If you happen to find yourself on a roof and want to be joined


by a dinosaur, then this could come in handy.


The best AR experiences are when the virtual object is well


placed in a 3-D space and its proportions change


The ARKit is going to give the cameras on our everyday phones


and tablets the capability to perceive depth better.


It will do so by tracking objects in a scene through the frame


using computer vision and analysis and combining it with data


According to Google its ARKit will also estimate the light coming


into a room so that virtual things are placed in the scene


And if rumours are to be believed, the upcoming iPhone will feature


a laser sensor to improve its spatial awareness.


And Qualcomm two weeks ago released this video


which shows its new depth sensing chip, showing Android devices


Right now, the pricing Microsoft HoloLens might provide


this experience for the elite few but augmented and mixed reality


That's certainly what the aim is with this, the $30


So, the kit consists of this Google cardboard inspired headset,


which of course you place your phone inside, and to increase your field


of view while doing that there is a fisheye lens to attach.


Now you also got a head strap which means once that's attached


you freed up your hands, once your hands are free you're


going to be able to hold onto the two controllers so you can


interact a bit more with your content and make sure you place


things in a suitable environment in the real world,


They'll ensure the area is accurately mapped so virtual


objects can be anchored appropriately.


Just a shame I found the headset rather uncomfortable to wear.


It left me with a bit of a sore nose.


But if a game of golf isn't for you then maybe this is.


City Social's foray into the world augmented reality uses the medium


to bring their cocktail menu to life.


You have a choice of what genre of art you would like in relation


to what cocktail you choose so every cocktail tells a story.


Before seeing this in the flesh I did struggle to see the point


but the detail was beautifully executed.


It was creative and I think I personally could have appreciated


now, the easier for the cut off Click this week. The full version is


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