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It might just, car number five! This is a great game. Hang on, I
seem to be learning something. This week on Click, we are looking
at games that are good for you. But are they any good? Plus, the
technology that helps you preserve your memories for future
generations. It is standing room only as we review a game designed
for your Hayne. All that, plus the latest technology news and a
website to make his mother. -- you smarter.
Welcome to Click. Video games. They meld our brains and turn us all
into lazy kedge potatoes. It is something that's it so often and I
am sure many people assume that no gains can be good for anyone.
Whether or not driving high-speed supercars or shootings of these is
good for our mental agility or not, some games have been specifically
designed for more serious educational purposes. Every year,
they all come together for Lyon's Serious Games Expo.
We are all just oversize children in a world full of big toys. It is
true that we learned a great deal from plate and the Serious Games
Expo aims to exploit our ability to retain what we learn while having
fun. It is a whole new approach to education and has taken off in the
last few years thanks to the incredible advances in gaming
technology. TRANSLATION: You could say that we use a lot of games
technology based on video games or based on traditional games like
board games. These can often be considered like simulators in a
sense that it is a tall that helps train someone. For instance, we
could put a salesperson in a situation where they are in front
of a client. Today, we have also seen developments in what we call
the science of integration. So, when a new employee or a group of
employees, arrive at a company, we can test them in the new
environment to see how they react to the complexity of a new company.
The French company cube 0 producers video gains for training personnel
--, they are. It taps into the French love of comic strip. In this
circumstance, they employ the services of a private investigator
or to sogginess three of the last database. The idea is to eight get
employees familiar with complicated systems by having them participate
in a story. It translates into training they is usually a daunting
and dreary. Not all games are about learning. Advertisers have long
exploited the benefits of product placement. That is discreetly
putting products in the plots of movies and soap operas. The idea is
that when we I immersed in a drama, our guard is down and we're not so
good at filtering out, so messages. Now, they are beginning to put ads
in games. It is a serious business. Another French company, Serious
Factory, makes these sorts of advice for games, like viral
advertising, they are custom-made. This was promoted on the iPhone and
iPad, Windows and also Apple and enjoy platform. -- enjoyed. Within
one weekend, but the company grade A goodbyes through the advertising.
It is a strong communication channel. You are training on the
message. -- trading. You can give a message to the customer. It is a
good communication channel, right But it is not all about businesses
finessing commercial messages. A series games can also deal with
highbrow issues, such as Europe's democratic deficit and voter apathy.
European politics can be dull and Dutch kids find the whole thing so
dreary, they are having difficulty even sitting through the needed two
hours a year their curriculum divides to the subject. A
Xmediaworks has come up with a game, Battle of the Laws, in which pupils
are members of the European Parliament. The aim is to be dreamy
teenagers more aware of the backroom deals and horse-trading
that are integral part of politics and coalition building. In every
level, we try to let them understand that as an under the jaw,
you are a member of the party. At a second level, as part of the party,
they have to build a standpoint. In the third level, they learned that
that if they do not compromise with other parties, they were not get
anywhere. It teaches them to achieve negotiations. The game and
when there is a final vote. That is when they will know if the laws
they have designed will be used auric there will be an amendment.
We make them understand you have to negotiate to get somewhere.
more serious game still is LudoMedic. Being ill is obviously
no fun. The treatment itself can be a trauma for a child who is
confused it in an alien, clinical environment. This game familiarises
children with what their enormous means. It also say what happens in
hospital and attempted to undertake many into a kind of adventure.
TRANSLATION: Is also a tool that makes less of a drama out of going
to hospital. Clearly, it is serious. Clearly, it is not always easy. We
cannot leave them to fight it out of line. He video game allows us to
have a wider dimension to what is happening. -- lighter dimension.
can learn better when we play. The best lessons are not necessary LED
in the school of hard knocks, but As we have said, many traditional
games really I just point and shoot. None more so than the one that we
are now about to demonstrate. I remember the days when if you
wanted to play a video game, you had to go to an arcade or have a
dedicated video games console. Of course, these days, you can play
games on all kinds of devices - mobile phones or MP3 players. Or
even, the lavatory. This by in London is a rather unusual setting
for a new kind of video again. One of the brains behind the gain gave
us the low-down on the UN base interface. The pile walks up, the
game sensors his presence did it will start when he starts. When he
goes left, it goes left. When he goes right, it goes right. It will
continue as long as the as water to play with. The first game is a
skiing game. You go left or right, hitting as many penguins as you can
and avoiding obstacles. The second game is a quiz game. They are
simple true or false questions. We found we had to make the questions
quite simple. Each one of the game in its is equipped it with three
downward facing sensors, which monitor the player's in port. High
scores result in an on-screen code, which allows the player to check
their ranking fired again's website. So now, it is time for me to embark
on perhaps the strangest begin again review I have ever performed.
Come on, you didn't really think ours going to the loss of on-camera,
did you? We have bought up this road and a tree planted as the game
out. It does actually play quite well. I have tried some internet --
innovative user interface is in my time, but this is the first Jenny
when we game we have ever played. The scores on their doors speak for
themselves. He will go anywhere for a good
story. Next up, a look at this week's
technology news. Facebook privacy is in the
spotlight again this week. The club's biggest website has agreed
to tighten privacy controls as part of a settlement over abuse of user
data. Facebook allegedly about day- to-day be shed when they said it
would be kept -- be kept private. So it comes as EU lawmakers
consider new rows about social networking.
Meanwhile, Facebook users in Thailand had been given a stark
warning about using the like button. The country's information minister
has warned social network is that they should do lead the posts which
insult the monarchy, which is a crime which is possible opted 15
years in jail. Spot of fire has added game against.
Adding to recently introduced social features, it now has an
application platform, which partners can develop four. It means
that the recommendations and editorial content, with the
partners including LastFM and Rolling Stone magazine. China is
down the bog's smartphone leader. A new study says it has overtaken
America, with 24 million units sold in the last quarter. A 30% of the
world's phone are now smart. And from smartphones, too smart cars.
Toyota has unveiled a rather futuristic one with a side that
looks and works like a joy it touch-screen bone. The Fun-Vii lets
you to change its colours in the same way you would a mobile phone
wallpaper. No word yet on if and when it will actually make it onto
the roads. Car chases will never be Now, the death of a loved one is
obviously an emotional and a traumatic time for those left
behind. After the initial shock, there is a lot of unwelcome
paperwork and organisation to attend to. Wills, build and
property. But today's elderly generation has left its oz -- of
spring and additional responsibility. The preservation of
slides and negatives. All that became popular in the 1960s. As our
reporter found out, collecting and converting those memories to
digital form presents some This year, I said a final farewell
to my dad in the UK. My mother died several years before so now their
house, the home but I grew up in, had to be clear and sold. There
were many moments of joy as they thought about everything that had
happened there. Learning to walk, playing in the back garden. I set
about collecting every bit of family imagery as quickly as
possible before it deteriorated in the cold and vacant house. I packed
everything up and took it back to the US where I live. It is hard to
admit it but almost everybody on planet earth would regard the
contents of these boxes as being nothing but junk. But to me and a
few close family members, these are priceless memories left behind by
my parents. Unfortunately, I no longer have a film projector or
slide carousel and so there is only one option. That is, turn
everything into ones and zeros. I brought this film to a company in
book and find out the best way to convert 8mm and Super 8. Some
companies protect the original movie and we screen it with
significant quality loss. I discovered the best way is to scan
every frame individually keep -- individually. It is the same as HD
TV. That allows asked to capture each frame and played back at
different frame rate. 18 frames per second, 12 frames per second, 24.
And we determine what speed it was filmed at and process it that way.
Edit it at that speed, colour correct each seat in out give it --
with a digital editing software. The results were outstanding. The
good and very different from what it them on my dad's original
projection screen. One tip is to have the finished full quality
footage put onto a hard drive. Bird it on to DVD, for an example, which
means -- Burnie on to DVD means data can be lost for ever. Some
footage I have never seen before, including my parents' wedding. I
wished they had been able to see this version. There is a lot to be
said for doing digital Dobbs while family members are still alive.
There are many people who do that. Almost every customer who walks
through this front door has a similar reaction to the footage.
But it has often -- but the images have often born unseen for decades.
This is called! This is more precious than gold. If you realise
that material things can get rid of those things but these special
moments, they are utterly treasured. The next part of my project was to
complete the scan every still image left by my parents. I tried a
flatbed scanner and noticed the output quality improved
dramatically in the last few years. Instant LED lights have replaced
all the bulk that of minutes to warm up. Scanning is an art form of
by itself. But for archiving purposes, I decided to scan slides
and negatives at a high resolution of 4,800 dpi so I could make larger
Prince, use the 48 bit RGB setting to extract the Matt mac -- maximum
range of colours and save everything as a tiff file. But if
you are looking to extract the highest possible quality from the
negatives and slides, this scanner may not be for you. Instead, this
may do the trick. It weighs Bogart 20 kilograms. It cost $20,000. --
weighs over. But the results are remarkable. The settings can be
endlessly manipulated. But even another has can put a brawl image
with two clicks. -- can output a ball in it. It is distortion free.
There is no glass between the film and the lens. A magnetic trap
stabilises the hall but and transported across the minus side
of the optics. The image is bent and so the image is always captured.
So you haven't even scan from end to end. Capturing your collection
of films and photographs in as higher-quality as possible is just
the first step. Next time, we will look at how scanned images can be
improved dramatically and how a faded photograph left hanging on a
sunlit wall for nearly 40 tears can be bought back to life in the hands
of an expert. -- 40 years. If you are watching this show,
there is a good chance you have a healthy interest in the sciences.
Not everybody takes to science easily. But the internet is awash
with great educational website to help you get your head around
complex subjects. As Kate Russell discovered in this week's Webscape.
They say you do not get something for nothing but in the case of this
not for profit website, they are wrong. Here you can find a wealth
of knowledge passed out in easily badgers double videos and it is all
completely free of charge. -- easily accessed.
There are over 2,700 videos, covering everything from Owl to --
from algebra to exercises to help it all sink in. There are also
practise exercises and resources for educators to help them inspire
their students. You will need to login with a Facebook or Google
account and then you can track and save any progress. You can watch
the videos without logging in but if you do, you can save your
completed activity and post questions and comments against the
articles. Most of the content is aimed at middle or upper school
pupils. There are a scattering of subtext steered towards younger
children as well. -- of easier subjects. When you finish
organising your child's education, spend time getting your business
with him to escape with Skylightit.com. An organisational
tool shed that covers everything from sales, document management,
customer relations, resource scheduling, project management and
loads more. That really is the power of this service. The vast
range of options you have means you can keep all of your productivity
requirements under one virtual bridge. This really is a one stop
professional collaboration and utility shop. Fee-free account
gives U2 active projects for two users and 100 megabytes of storage.
You may want to upgrade for more flexibility. All accounts let you
store unlimited contacts and other resources. All together, a great
productivity suite that cannot fail to help a busy cricket manager keep
on top of things. -- critic of manager.
How many of you have ever used a QR code? I am willing to bet it is
actually a small one -- small number which is a shame as they
really are an excellent way to access digital content on the go.
There is a fund social Swiss -- twist to the technology. Link to
your social media accounts to make sharing codes quick and easy.
Creating your own QR code requires no prior knowledge as it is just a
few simple drop-down menus. Stand codes are Auto categorised for
convenience but you can tweak those settings through the browser
dashboard for more control. The app is free for android right now with
iPhone apparently launching this weekend. BlackBerry and Windows
Phone 7 apps are in development. It is a well rounded service that
deserves to bring QR codes back into the spotlight a little.
When is an iPhone not an iPhone? When it is a Windows Phone 7, of
course. Microsoft have come up with a novel way of trying to end ties
android and by West users to switch platform. An online a mobile demo
that gives you a taste of the WP7 experience. -- iOS.
And finally, it must be nearly the end of the year as Facebook has
released this off the top 40 most shared stories for 2011. From giant
crocodiles have to satellite photos of Japan, before and after the
tsunami and earthquake. There are links to all of the original
articles in case you missed them the first time around.
Kate Russell. As always, you can find more information at our
website. You can also check out the reports