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22/10/2011

Click explores the latest in defence technology, from vanishing tanks to airborne spy bots. And just how helpful is Siri, the new iPhone's personal assistant?


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membership of the EU. That is the latest news from the BBC. It is now

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time for Click. 61 tonnes of fast moving metal.

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Armed with a cannon of the size of a car. And now with the ultimate

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From the vanishing tanks to airborne spy bots. This week, Click

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dons its camouflage to check out the latest defence technology. And

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we take Siri for a spin to see if the new app can be of any his

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assistance at all. And, how can you make real life even better? An

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artist with more than a chip on its shoulder. And the latest Tech News

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and from defence to attack in Webscape.

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Welcome. We feature a lot of consumer technology on our program.

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Stuff that we could buy tomorrow. But for the highest of high tech,

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you have to look to the armed forces. The kits developed for the

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military are often years ahead of anything available to us mere

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civilians. We discover the classified details behind some of

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the latest defence technology. The deadlock and stalemate created by

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trench warfare in France during the First World War gave birth to the

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tank in 1916. It weighed 28 tonnes and carried a crew of eight. It was

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an armoured vehicle designed to traverse no man's land, taking the

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fight back to the enemy. The present day Salisbury Plain. 95

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years later, the tanks still play an important part on the

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battlefield. It is a talented battle tank. It is a fighting

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vehicle. They are using the Scimitar as well. The Challenger 2

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represents the current state-of- the-art in tank technology. It is

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powered by a 26 litre diesel engine. The top speed on road is 40mph and

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it is covered in Dorchester armour. This armour is very effective, so

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its precise make-up is classified. Our job is to be able to use any

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vehicle to fight any enemy, effectively. We can then apply our

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skills to any other vehicle, as we have in Afghanistan.

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contemporary battlefield demands cutting-edge 21st century

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technology. In the case of the Challenger 2 main battle tank, that

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means computers aided by assistance and protection from nuclear,

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biological and chemical warfare. But given its size, it is not

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exactly inconspicuous. Helicopter gunships, other tanks and infantry.

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They all pose a threat to the tank commander. It is a big target but

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we are trained to use both the ground command control and a

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helicopter in the sky to conceal us from the enemy. If they cannot find

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us, they cannot shoot us. 80 miles away, this is the XL Centre that is

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playing host to the DSEi defence industry trade show. The mantra, if

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the enemy cannot see you, it cannot hurt you. It has inspired the next

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generation of tank technology which has been fitted to this prototype

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tag. It is part funded by the Swedish Military of Defence and a

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British aerospace company. You can paint hardware to make it more

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difficult to see but a whole host of modern military technology can

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target equipment like vehicles with deadly accuracy. So, how do you

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hide something as big as a tank? Scientists and engineers at BAE

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Systems think you don't just need pace, you need pixels. There is a

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growing threat from infrared systems on the battlefield. Things

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like night vision goggles and heat- seeking missiles. This technology

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makes the tank invisible to those systems. So this vehicle has been

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fitted with special panels. But it is still visible to the naked eye.

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However, when we see it through an infrared camera, the picture

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changes completely. The tiles or large pixels on this card can

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rapidly change temperature to make the tank disappear in the infrared

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part of the spectrum. And it has cameras that can look at its

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surrounding environment and try to mimic it. And there are infrared

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signatures on board so it can pretend it is something harmless

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like a car. The present system only works in infrared but there are

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plans to expand its capability. are working on extending the

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technology to work with the visual spectrum by use of a different

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display technology that will work with the tiles. And we can make

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them the radar absorbent to give them stealth across the whole of

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the spectrum. We are also looking at other technologies to make the

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tank quiet, almost silent. So when the vehicle is running on battery

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power, it is almost completely silent. While BAE Systems is

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investing millions on systems which can hide the cause or equipment, a

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team of engineers from Middlesex University, working on a smaller

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budget, are developing a device that can seek out dangers on the

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battlefield. It is basically the eyes and ears of the soldier. It

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allows him to see a position about him, to see into a building, over a

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wall, basically in context of the operation and patrol. They have

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developed a palm-sized drone that can be carried around in a backpack.

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In environments where a soldier may not want to pop his head over a

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wall or corner, it can be launched to locate possible threat. It is

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radio-controlled so we have a radio control unit that flies the craft.

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It has two cameras on board and they see the pictures through

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goggles. They have a direct link that has a certain frequency and

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does not interfere with other control aspects. Drones currently

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in use cost around �150,000 per unit. The university team are

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hoping their device will end up costing about �22,000 each. A big

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saving which will make it easier to deploy devices like this in

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significant numbers in the future. Next up, a look at this week's

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technology news. It has been another busy week for BlackBerry

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makers and not just preparing the back-end systems. After the email

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catastrophe earlier this month, Mike Lazaridis delivered a

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perfectly scripted apology. The firm is giving each user more than

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$100 worth of free apps, although it may not stretch that far and

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there is also only a limited amount available. But which exec does not

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enjoy a quick stab at Bubble Bash or the Sims 3? BBX combines the

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best features of all the platforms and the QNX platform that runs the

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PlayBook tablet. Google. Their Smartphone update was small beer

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compared to that announced by rival Google, which announced its latest

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and most significant update to the Android. Ice Cream Sandwich, yes

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you heard me right, was shown up on the flagship Samsung-made Galaxy

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Nexus. It will harmonise the look and amongst its differentiators,

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face recognition for unlocking your phone. Yeah, let's hope that works.

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And Android beams which transfers data by attaching phones together.

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Now, an eco story from Australia which could never take place in the

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UK. Speedy solar-powered cars travelling at over 100kph across a

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3,000 kilometre course from Darwin to Adelaide. The winners,

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predictably, Japan. Their eco credentials are intact.

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And finally, a group of German students have showed off this. A

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camera fitted with 36 two megapixel phone cams. It takes a spherical

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panoramic image when a shutter is triggered at the highest point.

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Sadly, it is not for sale. Now, have you heard there is a hot

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new personality in the world of tech? He or she, we are not sure,

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wants to be your very own personal assistant. Voice activated,

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intuitive and intelligent, Siri helps you do things on the new

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iPhone. Our reporter has been having a chat with him...or

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her...or it. Remind me to buy coffee when I get

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to work. This is Apple's new iPhone 4S. In the UK, Siri, the personal

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assistant, has an English accent. Yes. And he will keep asking me

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questions until he knows what he wants to do. He has put in a

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reminder so when the GPS in this phone gets close to my workplace,

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it will come up with a reminder for me to buy coffee. As if I needed it.

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And it has an American and an Australian version as well. It is

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also available in French and German. Italian and Spanish are on their

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way, we are told, probably next year. It has a few downsides. You

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have to have a connection or it will not work. The good sides are

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that it can access any of the native apps onboard and control

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them just by asking it to do different things. It is also

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intuitive because it uses a search system, an intelligent engine which

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made the headlines a few years ago, that has algorithms that do not

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just search in the search terms you say but tries to understand what to

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ask. So I could ask, will I need an umbrella tomorrow? It does not look

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like it will rain tomorrow. I did not ask for the weather

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specifically but, just in the context of my question, it worked

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out the information I needed. But it is not always as plain sailing

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as that. In this phone, I put in my calendar a hot date with Lisa

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tonight at 8pm. It knows where that will take place. But does Siri? He

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is behaving almost as if he is jealous. When is dinner tonight?

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can only look for businesses in the US and when you use US English.

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Sorry about that. When am I having dinner with Lisa? Your meeting

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today is at 8pm. Where? I do not know what you mean by where. It is

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our first date so any ideas on what I might say? Dan, mate, you really

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do not stand a chance. Why? Your cheap fragrances, bad attitude and

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dodgy sartorial sense do you no favours at all. Richard! What are

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you doing here? Sorry. Just being Siri. But that aftershave really is

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something else... It stinks. You can see the full video of Dan's

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grapple with Siri on our website. If you've watched Click for a few

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years, you will know that there are two types of reality for us that

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matter. Virtual reality, where a computer creates a different

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landscape for you to explore, and augmented reality, where you get to

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see the real world around you but the computer will add or tweak

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certain details. Sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. Well our reporter

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travelled to Switzerland which is pushing augmented reality to its

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Artists might live in the same world as us, but they are

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determined to see it with a different set of eyes, even if that

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means they appear eccentric. Jan Torpus is exploring augmented

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reality. He has developed lifeClipper, a system comprising 3D

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goggles and apparatus that measures your breathing. LifeClipper makes

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the park into the stage for an environmental drama where climate

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and gravity morph around you. Everything is green and strange. It

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is a virtual world. When I regard it, it becomes normal and when it

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is high it connects to the trees. There is the sound of a frog. Now

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the storm comes in. It is slowly fading in. I can still see the

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ground and my hands. It early gets more and more virtual. You see the

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sand and the desert. LifeClipper is an augmented reality project where

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we add virtual elements to the real park. It is not overlaying things.

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It is like a parallel world, or something which is behind the park.

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What we consider to be real is fake and there is another world behind.

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3D has come in for stick lately. It makes some people feel dizzy and

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not just at the price. But if it has had its day in the cinema, 3D

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may come into its own with augmented reality as it allows you

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to walk into the virtual space of a park, for example. But pulling off

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this trick of endowing a 3D model with computer graphics and making

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them stick is no easy task. That is the challenge for technology that

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the 3D model with the infrared scanner can make this model

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congruent on top of the real world. It is when you walk around and the

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model stays at the same place. That is very difficult. You have to have

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a very precise notion of where the viewer is and where he is looking

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from and what he is looking at. are using an extension to GPS. That

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enhances GPS to a point where you have sub-centimetre precision. GPS

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only sees the position. It does not show you where someone is looking.

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So you need an orientation tracker. We used one which is like a compass

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on steroids. We're using old technologies which have been

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enhanced to the point where they LifeClipper's cost is cumbersome

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The GPS alone costs 10,000 euros and does not compromise on weight.

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Made for tanks. Very heavy. This system will not be easy to

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duplicate commercially, but that is not really the aim. The enterprise

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is artistic, to push the boundaries of technology, perception and

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What is really nice is that the system reacts extremely effectively

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to every movement you make. You do really feel like you are immersed

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in this other world. There is a cue from an audio effect to warn you

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that something is happening. Sure enough, a massive sandstorm is

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blowing in. Everything has become chaotic. The river is like a Monet

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painting. It has a feeling of impasto. It has now gone

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psychedelic. There is something really nice about overlaying

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virtual reality on top of the real world. You know that what you see

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is not true but part of you Theatre is described as the willing

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suspension of disbelief. For lifeClipper to work you have to

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allow yourself to be pulled into a drama in which you are both

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Now, when you were a kid I bet you spent hours on end gluing together

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plastic kits of model aeroplanes. Hurricanes, Messerschmitts, F-14

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Tomcats. It turns out that everyone on the show today was a model

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aeroplane maker. We used to watch Bring childhood passions up-to-date

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with this modern take on the Airfix model craze. Dogfight on the iPhone.

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If you do not mind shelling out a download fee you will get lots more

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planes, tanks and missions to unlock and no advertisements. The

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flight controls are very sensitive and over-steering is almost worse

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than not steering at all. The best way to handle it is just tap the

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control and release so that your dogfighter straightens up on itself.

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Once you have mastered the art of flying, there are canons to blast

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through enemy lines. The landscapes can be full of bugs in places. But

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all in all, a fun app that any classic aircraft enthusiast will

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I showed you a place to self- publish free books last week. But

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if you think you're writing is worth paying for, Kindle has their

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own self- publishing site. You can throw together the elements of your

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book and have it on sale through It works on a royalty split model

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with no financial outlay for the author. It is not possible to

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publish a free download through the site. When it comes to choosing the

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right royalty package you are better off reading the terms and

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conditions. Making the decision between 70% commission and 35%. 70%

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sounds better but there are delivery charges to take into

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consideration. It is only applicable to certain countries and

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you have to set up a minimum price There are lots of other tools to

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publish your working electronically. There is a free wiki editor which

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creates a file supported by all eBook readers. It is more

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complicated to use than the Amazon site but gives you full control of

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layout, cover image and distribution. If you're stuck for a

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good design for your cover, check out next week's Webscape when I

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will have a site that designs If you like keeping up-to-date with

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what your friends and family are doing by sneaking through their

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social media photo albums, this site has something you are going to

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love. This site extracts all the photos my friends have posted and

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wraps them up in an interface for I think that photos are one of the

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few reasons I still bother to log into Facebook. I have long since

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become bored about status updates You can choose to have the ideas

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and profile updates as well. Never mind Big Brother watching me I am

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off to see what my big brother got If you would like to suggest a

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website for a future Webscape, please get in touch with us.

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Click explores the latest in defence technology, from vanishing tanks to airborne spy bots. And just how helpful is Siri, the new iPhone's personal assistant? Includes Tech news and web reviews.


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