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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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
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