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20/08/2011

How real can a simulation feel? The click team experience the extreme end of immersive gaming. Plus the new technology that fixes your photos after you've taken them.


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is time for Click. We are now approaching London Heathrow. The

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weather is fine. We hope you had a pleasant journey. This week, a

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slightly more realistic flight simulator, as we get to the heart

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of the action at the extreme end of the NSE of gaining. A brave new

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piece of camera technology that should make everything clear. That,

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plus the latest technology news and the smart phone up that promises to

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make use smart as well. Welcome to Click. For years, video games the

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current and Simulation designers have tried to make players feel

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part of the action. And the grassy -- graphics and sound have improved

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and the experience is more realistic. How realistic is it

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possible to get? In a quest for the ultimate in Messi that simulated

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experience, we found ourselves scaling new heights. Gains in the -

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- simulator designers have tried all sorts of tricks to make games

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as NSE as possible. From elaborate peripheral to 3 D goggles. We have

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scoured the globe will find the ultimate simulator experience. And

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our quest begins here, in Coventry. This street looks pretty normal. In

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fact, it looks like thousands up- and-down Great Britain. Cars parked

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outside homes. Beans waiting for collection. But inside this

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particular house, we find something quite unusual. Commentary's very

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own suburban 747. This is John Davies. His back bedroom has become

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the scene of some extreme redecorating. A lot of people use

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their back bedroom as a Home Office or as a spare room. But John Davies

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has converted his back bedroom into a polling 747 cockpit simulator. It

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is very impressive. But it did not always look like this. It will

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start at 12 years ago, with a PC and a copy of Microsoft Flight

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simulator. It is really a hobby that got totally out of hand.

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are about five computers running it, with approximately 30 programmes,

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interfacing with all of the different things. The main software

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that runs the flight model and the flight displays that you see in

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front of us it is called Aero links P S one. That just simulates the

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Boeing seven for 7. And then I am using Microsoft Flight simulator

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for the visuals only. We have software that takes over the flight

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model of Microsoft. So we use that for the Bijan and night and day.

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Fly at simulators have long been the preserve of a joystick and

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plug-in computer. But the realistic switches and controls quickly makes

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me forget that time in the back bedroom of a Coventry terrace house.

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Convincing as it is, it does not improve my flying. We are on the

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ground. I am clearly going to need

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veg will passengers are going to make it to the terminal building

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and one piece. But that is the beauty of the simulator set up. I n

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2,500 seats in the air again on approach to Heathrow. I wonder how

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rich is getting on, he is at the other end of the country, trying

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out a different simulator. That's all well and good, but if you

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happen to have a spare 10 or $15

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one of these. Passports at the ready, we are off to New York. This

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is the British Airways flight training facility near Heathrow

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Airport. It would be impossible to fix the kit here its way back

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bedroom. This beast is capable of replicating Maidment as well as the

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sights and sounds of pilot experiences. How adding the motion

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and turn and made around just reinforces all of that training

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that we used to maximum effect. It ok

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at the visuals and you look like you Attorney and the graphics

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inside the aeroplane look like you are turning. But if your ears do

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not tell you, you can get as confusion. In order to make the

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projected visuals more realistic, the grass set -- graphics have been

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shifted out of focus. The effect is quite successful. That is

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incredibly realistic. How do you feel when you are in one of these,

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do you get into his own? question. You're getting very

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swiftly. You are getting on with the deep house and it is so

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realistic that we take the full training process. Mein Yih-Shin

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ears to land at this vegetable version of a jumbo jet. These back

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gently. Just told it there. They do say that practice makes perfect.

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Does easy it back a fraction. was a great landing. That felt a

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bit better. It was a lot better. You have taking your fing your f

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You have just seen the advantage of the training. Each approach, you

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relax more and you have got and better and better. The advantage of

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repetitious training and Simulation, you have just seen it. Back at

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Heathrow, after a relatively smooth journey. His you really want to

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experience the highs and lows and thrills and spills of flying. You

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need this. That is why we have made this arduous trek to this airfield

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in southern California. I am feeling the need, the need for

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speed. They Air is a $5 fine for every Top Gun reference. Air combat

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pleats would be fighter pilots against one another in a real

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aircraft. They fully, the combat is simulated. However, everything else

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is real. Two x the Top Gun pilots will accompany us, taking off and

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landing the aircraft. In order to help us Channel that, myself and

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Richard have got to look the part. Adding Lodder zero hours piloting

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real aircraft, a pre-flight briefing is in order. We will go

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out and do five dog fights. We're trying to engage somebody from

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behind the Ling Lin. When you get the gun on them and you shoot, you

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will see smoke come out of the back end. Breezing over, we received our

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parachutes, hell lets and pilots call signs. I will be known in the

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air as Eight years old. And diet will be called At stitch. This is a

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military trainer. A maximum speed of 287 knots and is capable of

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achieving a U-turn. If we do Upul that turn up there, I will not be

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very happy because it really, really will not feel very nice at

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all. We are essentially playing Laser Tag in the sky. They are

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equipped with generators, so when I score a direct hit, he will know

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about it. His plane will be up in smoke. Let's just hope that he

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makes it back down. Way are false start I am looking forward to this.

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Bring it right. You need to deflect your wings. I have got you. OK

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false start --. You have gone into a spin. He well, Bonnie to your

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right. We are heading back to the airfield. I believe recheck got hit

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me a few more times than I got him. Seeking permission to pass the hour.

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That is $25. You have to remember, as every good fighter pilot knows,

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it is the first deal that counts. It looks as though you have lost

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that feeling. Any is now $70 that you owe any. That feeling is gone.

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That is the closest that those two will ever come to wading through

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the danger zone. A look at this week's technology news. Two men are

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posted messages on Facebook inciting others to riot have been

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they'll -- jailed for four years, even though no violence took place.

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They admitted encouraging crime in Northwich and Warrington during the

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English Rights earlier this month. Both men are to appeal the decision.

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Google is forking out 12 and a half billion dollars to buy a Motorola's

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Mobile Division. It will give Google an opportunity to develop

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hardware, which should give users of its Andrew Raines operating

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system, a more integrated experience. Other man said

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operators welcomed the purges as it brings about 107 -- 170,000 patents

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which could help good will defend against potential lawsuits. The AA

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Japanese outfit is giving a helping hand to iPhone for users. It is a

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case where a seller can hand on the outside. Maybe it is so that you

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can feel more in touch with your loved ones when they call. If you

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think that it is a high, here is a video proved. You have got to hand

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it to them. One of the great things about digital photography is that

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even if you do take a bad picture, you can usually corrected using

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software. It is too dark, you can brighten it. It is a level, you can

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straighten it. You can croc and refrain as well. One thing that you

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cannot do, not very well, is to correct the focus. The few have

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shot something and it has turned out Lowery. Until now. Fresh from

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his aerial dogfight, Richard has been looking at some technology

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which promises to do something that previously has sounded completely

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impossible. It is a scene that will instantly resonate for anybody with

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children. Trying to catch that precious moment through a lens.

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Memories may be priceless, but all too often, they end up as worthless.

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Photography has exploded into the mainstream that as it has, skills

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or lack thereof, has become all the more exposed. And frequently, over

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or under. And when you are dealing with a tricky scene where your

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subject just will not sit still, one of the hardest things to get

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Even compacts can have problems with auto focus, especially if

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there is a busy background. if you have a digital SLR and do no -- do

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not know what you're doing, it can get messy. You want to train the

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eye on the subject of the image and get everything else around it out

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of focus. It is a principle called depth of field and it is something

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the pros know all about. Casting an eye all over this London street

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photography exhibition displays it perfectly. It is a kind of holy

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grail for amateur photographers and the geographers seeking to emulate

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the pros. Now there is technology that offers us all the chance of

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getting creative which allows us to change the focal point of the image

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even after we have taken the photo and it promises to revolutionise

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photography as we know it. This is the way his website of a Silicon

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Valley start-up which recently received a whopping $50 million in

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funding. Their idea is to develop a consumer camera whose images you

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can refocus after you have taken them. Clicking around these Flash

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animations on the website gives you a good idea of what you can achieve.

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Being able to refocus after you click the shutter is mind-blowing,

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especially when you can share the experiences with others. People

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through the Web, mobile phones, will be allowed to experience the

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whole story of the picture, interact with it and discover new

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things. The camera itself is available through Reserve before

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its release at the end of the year but the company is releasing

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precious few details about what you will buy. What they are sure we

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knew his the technology behind the camera. The redefinition of the

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Light Field is the amount of all the light travelling at every

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direction at every point in space. Literally 100 cameras were plugged

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into a supercomputer taking many Peters at the same time and then

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trying to back up his light field in software. My dissertation was

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how we could miniaturise the room full of cameras into the body of a

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single camera to make it practical for regular folks to take pictures.

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In Europe, one German company has in some ways already stolen the

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march. They had spent the last year selling cameras using similar plan

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optic technology. It can raise tethered to a PC to process it's

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the photos but it uses the same light field techniques to capture

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the photo. Instead of a camera Sensex capturing a single flight in

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which, thousands of images are captured in a different way, by an

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array of micro lenses housed in a glass wafer placed just in front of

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the censor. This thing here is the' lenses. They are so small you

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cannot see them with the naked eye. You. A laser at it and threw it and

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then you can see the different focus points of the Micra lenses.

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These lenses or catch a slightly different views of a scene which

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software processes to work out the location of each point in space.

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All that depth information means any pointing images -- point in the

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images can be refocused by pointing at different microbe pixels. Screw

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heads of their production line can be scrutinised to see if they are

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the same height and the perspective of images can be shifted to. There

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is drawbacks, most glaring is that the final image resolution is

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smaller than that of a regular camera. That could be off-putting

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for consumers. That is why the German company says the Silicon

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Valley company's ambitions is very -- is a very tall order indeed.

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When all the' lenses come together, the processing will take longer.

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Outfits with more resources are also taking an interest. Creative

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software leader's Adobe make Photoshop, used for years by

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photographers trying to recreate the hallowed low depth of field

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effect. Behind the scenes, they have been researching the same

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technology and policy challenge is bringing a camera to market they

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are in no doubt as to the impact of the technology. -- while they see a

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challenge. For we see it as the future of imaging, the next great

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revolution. It started off been about digitising what you could see

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and progressively we started getting more information and

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figuring out ways to run algorithms on what was captured so you can

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have more flexibility to do things after the shot and this technology

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takes things to an entirely new level. The creator in Silicon

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Valley is pleased with the potential. For when you change the

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perspective, you can see the light refracting through these droplets

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of water. Not everyone shares his enthusiasm. Critics have called it

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a novelty and others have pointed out that it will not stop blurry

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pictures from camera shake. Toby Smith is a professional

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photographer. He blows post processing could have a real market.

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From a consumer point of view, photography has shifted from being

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a print based media took online. For technology to provide a new way

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of looking at that image could possibly take off. I can imagine a

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scenario where the latest Facebook posts, the latest online

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photography group posts have an interactive version and it could

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become the next must have way of doing a photo-shoot and it could

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take off in a viral way. If they can get light-filled technology

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down to a reasonable price and manageable size, we could have a

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revolution on our hands. Many of us have smartphones these days but

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does that mean we the owners are smart? Well, apparently having the

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bright apps may very well improve your intellect and education. --

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the right. What is the point of having a smartphone if you cannot

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use it to help prove you are smart? Neurons is a very app that does

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exactly that. Wait for the like to stop the traffic. -- delight. Then

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collect your cracked not safely. The streaming content comes from a

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variety of sources. They are truly enlightening videos which should

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help get your grey matter nicely lubricated. The interface makes

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great use of the phones user interface styling and be streaming

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his great quality, streaming decently over Wi-Fi. Be aware of

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how much does that the video eats up over 3G and if you tap and hold

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a thumbnail, you can share items you find with your social network.

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In this high-speed hi-tech age we live in, it could be easy to forget

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our roots. Get back to basics with a visit to this website from the

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Institute of the study of human knowledge maps out the human

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It is fair to say the website is pretty old-fashioned although not

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quite as old as 100,000 years. There is no video or interactivity,

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just words and pictures but it is a fascinating compendium of

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information about the abolition of humanity. This content offers more

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than just a timeline of our biological progress. It discusses

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changes in culture, diet, world- view, perception, social

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organisation, language, maps and forms of communication. It is all

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completely fascinating stuff if you ever wondered where you really came

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I have been making history this week. Really, I have, thanks to the

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launch of this app for iPhone and Android. It lets you pick historic

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photos to real world locations. GPS brings automatic location tagging.

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If you just want to enjoy a random sampling of great historic images

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from around the world, give your As always, if you would like to

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suggest an app al website for Webscape, get in touch. E-mail us

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all get in touch on Twitter. At everything from today's programme

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is up on our website. You can get all the reports in video and text

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form and watch the entire programme too. That's it for now. Thanks for

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If one thing, it will be a mild start to our weekend because we had

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a weather system working its way southwards across the country,

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giving us some rain. It tends to grind or hold across central areas.

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For the north, heavy showers into the north and west and a brisk wind.

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For the Southend East, dry and brittle whether making its way

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through the clouds. -- drier and brighter weather. Cloud more broken

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across the eastern side of England but they could be some mist around

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as well given the light winds. Similarly across the south-east,

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the temperatures start mild -- on a mock note. The cloud is quite low,

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giving me a lot of hill fog already across Cornwall and Devon as well

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as that wet weather around the coast. That will work its way into

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the south-east of Wales moving north-east. By morning we will

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still have that cloud across parts of North Wales but for Northern

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Ireland it is looking brighter. There are some showers waiting in

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the wings and they will be frequent and at times heavier cross parts of

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north-western Scotland blown in by a strong wind here. We will see

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some showers east of the Grampians but dry and brighter than it was

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yesterday for Northern Ireland. That heavier rain making its way

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gradually north-east Woods. South- east of that, we may escape with

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just an odd shower. Some strong sunshine further north of London as

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well. That rain will pester North Wales and Northern England, parts

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of Scotland and possibly Northern Ireland later in the night as well

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and as it clears across the East on Sunday, we could have some thundery

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