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of a woman and a girl, aged eight. Another girl in the House suffered


minor injuries. This is my past from the world's biggest technology


trade show. -- pass. This is the Welcome to Click. I am Spencer


Kelly. While everyone is struggling back to work after the holidays,


tech execs are clambering aboard planes and heading here, at to Las


Vegas, for a spot of gambling. They are not gambling their hard earned


wages, they are gambling their brand new products will catch the


world's attention at the massive consumer electronics show. This


week we will check out some new ideas around smarter TVs, future


uses for your Tablet and a brand new window on the world. We


discover a new way to remember all that important news in Webscape. It


is quite a few. That is the Nevada desert. Here is part of the world


famous Las Vegas skyline. You have these Stratosphere Hotel in the


distance. Here is where Elvis performed and this is the last


Vegas Convention Centre. It is here that 20 Tup is starting to take


shape. They are releasing big projects. -- 2012. The small


outlets are announcing innovations which may change the world in the


coming months. Around 20,000 products were announced during the


show at press conferences... new series nine weighs 2.5 lb.


AA have done a fabulous job with this design. -- they have done.


show this year, personalised tech for every part of our life - from


the morning drive, to the daily chores, and the evening meal. One


of the most eye-catching features of the shows are the sheer numbers


of TV screens that blaze at you from every direction. Competition


is fierce. Samsung claim to have the biggest LEDs screen. LG saw


that and raised it. They make their 3D. They were both so thin you can


shave with them. Both companies were also showing off ultra-high


resolution screens was poor times as many pixels as normal high def.


LG's was 3D. It you are worried that he BTEC his advancing so fast


that your new set will be out of date next week, why not try this


Samsung TV which comes with an upgrade slot? Does put in


tomorrow's shiny new processor. The start of the show was the connected


TVs. It plugs into the net and allows you to screen videos and


download apse in the same way as a Tablet or a smartphone. A lot of


people are making a lot of noise about their TVs. Will 2012 be the


year of connected TVs? There are a lot of them being sold but not many


are being connected to the internet. Lisa Montgomerie is here. You


watched a lot of TV. I do. What is the problem? Right now people are


trying to differentiate themselves in the marketplace. The more ants


they do have, the more different they become from competitors. Some


offer more than 1000. That is hard to manage. That makes it more


complicated. People say, forget it. Right now we're seeing a trend to


making all that content easier to find, and at the date, control and


enjoy. -- navigate. We are moving away from the hard butter and


remote so. We're going on to Tablets which are like a mini TV


screen. That is the same as is on the big screen. You get a more


interactive feel. The big news is manufacturers are incorporating


facial recognition and for his control as a way to navigate


through the content. You can go directly to your chosen service


just by speaking to the TV set. could or it could recognise your


face. What do you make of the actual content you get? Is it good


enough? They are becoming more and more diversified. Social media will


always be a hot button. Now we are seeing applications that make the


TV a helper to you. It can monitor in the back grant a sporting event


- monitors the noise level. -- background. If it gets crazy, the


TV will lead to an tell you what Channel to turn to because it might


be a kid to watch. -- alert to you. Apple are the king of interfaces.


They introduced millions of people took iTunes. It has all kinds of


But this show has more to offer than just connected TVs, more in


fact than any one person could hope to see. Exploring all 1.8 million


square feet would take even longer than it would take for my body


would take to digest our Las Vegas breakfast, then to the tablets -


big ones, small ones, some with keyboards and some sporting the new


Android operating system called Ice Cream Sandwich - ooh, back to that


breakfast again. What will the portable computer of


2012 look like? With me is Rudi Aunkofer, who is an IT market


analyst. Rudi, hi. We're starting to see some serious contenders that


are smaller than the traditional large-screen tablets, seven, eight-


inch screens, for example, the Kindle Fire. Do you think that size


tablet is going to catch on? Both factors are needed. We have a huge


variety of content. People have accessed nearly everywhere to


online content to the Cloud. They may need smaller ones for maybe


travelling. They need a bit larger one for watching some kind of clips,


downloading from the web. Therefore, small as well as mid or large


screen sizes are needed for the market. One of the trends with


laptops now seems to be the introduction of touch-screen. I


guess that's following on from the tablet to the laptop. Touchscreen


on laptops - interesting? Yes, touch screen the big trend coming


from the smartphone side. Touch screens making tablets so


interesting, and tomorrow, every netbook, every notebook, from our


understanding, will have at least limited touch-screen functions.


There is a lot of talk about these UltraVox we have been hearing about,


a new type of laptop. Can you just remind us, what features are we


seeing in UltraVos? What is making them a class in their own? I just


look at this more as a synonym for a new cool design, long battery


lifetime, very thin, instant on. They're much more convenient, and


therefore it's the right time for them. Consumers are looking for


products which are offering an ease of use. Also packing a big punch


are the phones of 2012, starting with this one - a prototype from


Fujitsu packing a quad-core processor with a 13-megapixel


camera and 4G capability. We expect to see more of this baby next month.


As well as firsts, there was also a last. It's goodbye to Microsoft,


which has decided not to attend the show from now on. It highlights the


history of Microsoft and CES together. Still, at least the CEO


got to them here. Thanks for a great partnership. We have decided


to have the opportunity of beer tonight. Let's go get started.


Although we did get to see more of its new operating system, Windows 8,


it was confined to a small desk on the show floor out of reach of


inquisitive fingers. Microsoft didn't mention it, but we're going


to anyway. We have found someone else who's willing to talk about


Windows 8. This is Jay Greene, a senior writer from CNET. Windows 8


isn't here, but it is expected later this year. Why do you think


we're not seeing more prototypes at least? I think Microsoft thinks the


noise of CES is so loud, the volume from other companies doing things


here will overwhelm the message. I also think they want to control the


event. So when Windows 8 comes out, they want that message to be theirs.


They don't want to have to compete with everyone else or do it on


someone else's stage. And they're not going to be here next year?


That's right. Microsoft have said this is their last CES. That's the


reason. They want to control these events. Is there a possibility when


we do see Windows 8 it will be this merge not just between tablets and


the PC operating system, but also the Windows operating system?


Windows Phone 7 and Windows 7 both become Windows 8? That could happen


a ways down the road. That's not going to happen with Windows 8. But


Windows 8 will have a lot of the things Windows phone users will be


familiar with. The interface - it's going to be a touch interface. It


is going to use what's called "the metro style," which is a tile-based


interface, so for consumers, it will have a lot of familiarity.


you think it will put Microsoft back in the game when it comes to


portable computing with tablets? That's the big bet. Microsoft is


going to be in the game with that. It's a real open question as to how


much - certainly people love their iPads. Here in the US folks are


jumping on the Kindle Fire from Amazon. Microsoft is late, and it's


going to be three years late by the time Windows 8 comes out for


tablets. That is going to be a fight for them. It does give users


some advantage, doesn't it? It means they can carry their laptop


and desk-top applications through to a tablet experience. You can't


run Microsoft products on Android or an iPad. That's true. One


challenge is there are so many Windows applications out there that


are written not for a touch-based device. Now it's hard to imagine


how you would use an Excel spreadsheet in a touch-based


environment. It doesn't make sense. Let's look ahead to a couple of


other big trends for 2012 you have identified for us. Take us through


the big things we should watching for over the next 12 months. One of


things I think about it gets to the conversation we were just having -


is Cloud-based computing, so that is industry jargon, but it's


storing stuff on the internet. That's not new. It's not new.


What's interesting is you get these tablet devices that are always


connected you get your phone that's always connected. You're going to


want to have access to all those photos you took of your kids on


vacation. That'll be stored on the Cloud. There are going to be all


sorts of devices that can really use it. What's really interesting


to see in the industry right now are the behemoths are really


fighting one another for this space. You have Apple, Google and


Microsoft really pushing hard and butting heads to try to win that


area. CES is always big, bright,


colourful and pretty noisy, and as we said, it is almost impossible to


see everything on show, but here's just a few of the really cool


innovations of the team here CES have come across.


Microsoft's connect motion-sensor controller is breaking away from


its gaming roots. Ever since its launch, enterprising types have


found ways to plug the connect, originally used with the X Box


video games console into new PCs, finding new applications for its


two cameras and its ability to measure distance. Now the software


giant from Seattle has launched its own official development kit for PC


and Connect. Microsoft research in Cambridge have developed this. It's


called Connectfusion. It turns the whole idea of the device on its


head. Instead of moving around in front of Connect to control the


video game, you actually move the recorder to measure and record


objects in 3-dimensional space, turning it into a 3D scanner. So if


I show you these objects on the table here, I point the Connect at


them, slowly paint in like this, and it creates a full 3D model of


all the objects on the table. As long as an object stays still, it's


possible to scan it. We're going to scan me right now. Take it away. As


the device is moved around me, it generates more data, building up a


more accurate 3D model. In just a few seconds, a full 3D model of


myself appears on the screen. What a handsome chap.


Picture the scene - you have a recipe on your tablet. You're in


the kitchen following the recipe, then you accidentally spill your


accompanying glass of wine all over the screen. Suddenly it's not just


your eggs that are fried. Well, here' the solution,apparently. It's


a tablet that has been made especially for cooks. It's called


Qooq, Q-o-o-q. As you can see, the operating system has been written


especially for this tablet. That's what I think the world needs is yet


another tablet operating system! But seriously, you have access to a


number of standard features down the right - the weather, your


social networking. There is a video player there, a stopwatch there.


You can actually watch videos or listen to your music on here by


side loading them. There is a number of standard ports there, an


SD card, for example. But as you can see, most of the screen is


given over to cooking. You can download recipes and search on


different types of food. You can select the recipe you want, and


this will send the shopping list to your smartphone. Let's cook


something. You can - the tandoori shrimp in a masala sauce - why not?


You can watch the preparation by clicking on the button there. And


you can follow it either in pictures or in text here. And if,


for example, you already know how to do step four or five, then you


can just touch this, and the video will skip to the next step, which


is chopping the onions, the bit I always have problems with. Guess


which country this tablet made for cooking comes from. Correct, France.


You're in the living room. You want to watch the football. The other


half wants to get lost in a period drama. What do you do? Probably


have a blazing row about it. Well, not if you have a duel-view TV, you


don't. As you can see, it's displaying both images at the same


time. It looks a bit of a mess, if I'm honest with you - until, that


is, you put on some active shutter specs. These specs synchronise with


one or the other of the images at the press of a button so you can


watch your football highlights while the other can weep into a


hankie. In terms of sound, there's a couple of speakers on the arms of


the glasses to take care of that. I have to say, it does sound a little


bit tinny, but the real question I have is, do you want to be wearing


a pair of specs while you're watching the box? I'm sure I've


asked that question before! Want to hear a secret? I've got


really small ears. Now, generally that doesn't cause me a problem


apart from when I am trying to wear in-the-ear headphones. My canals


are so small, they keep falling out. The solution would be custom ear


headphones. Those are generally quite expensive, and you need a


specialist to do them. Meet EARS. This is a do it-it-yourself in-ear


head moulding kit. You take it home, in these babies is silicone. When


you flick a switch, a balloon in these pumps starts to inflate with


silicone. It takes five minutes to set. Once it has hardened I'll have


two ear buds specially made for my canal shape. I am not allowed to


talk during these five minutes, so I am going to bring in Joceline,


who will explain the procedure for you. OK. You're actually going to


start to feel the silicone flow into your ear and start flowing


into the plug, expanding that balloon, and any of the excess


flows out. You're now starting to experience all of the sound, all of


the noise in the room to disappear, and you're starting to get into


your quiet zen zone. Once they're moulded, it will never


change shape again. There's my ears. Hello, ears. And that is what the


inside of my ear holes look like, and the theory is I should now have


a pair of earphones which are so tightly moulded to the inside of my


ear that they provide complete sound isolation because there is no


gap around, and also the sound reproduction should be - and indeed


is - quite good. Oh, Adele - again. What a surprise.


Some devices have more noble aspirations than others. This is


the OLPC XO 3 tablet. It has been designed by the One Laptop Per


Child initiative, a project designed to bring low-cost


computing to developing countries. The XO13 uses a touch-adapted


version of the operating version which featured in the original One


Laptop Per Child computer. It has been designed to be simple and


intuitive. In many cases this will be the first piece of technology a


lot of the children using it have ever seen. One of the hallmarks of


the programme is a consideration for power in countries where


electricity isn't in abundance. You might be able to use this prototype


solar cell which is fitted in the sleeve which fits around the tablet.


Or if all else fails, you could just reach for the trusty hand


crank. One minute's worth of cranking results in ten minutes'


worth of juice in a tablet. That might seem labour intensive but


it's a technological lifeline for those who might not have anything


at all. Back in the day before the web


arrived and turned everything on its head we used to get our news


and information in these bulky, flimsy old devices, but as these


things continue to become yesterday's news, the number and


range of stories we need to sift through online continues to explode.


Well, Kate Russell has a tool to help us all do exactly that right


now in Webscape. Catching up with your social


networks is much more than a lunch hour distraction these days unless


you use Summerfy to help filter out the noise. Connect with your


Twitter, Facebook and Google accounts and you can set the app to


compile an update between one and four times a day applying certain


content fitters if you want. Sharing through Facebook and


untwitter can be automated but be careful you don't update your


followers with excessive spam. # I have never dreamed it #


Summerfy looks at what your friends are sharing and also keeps a note


of what you choose to read so that it can make assumptions about the


kind of content you'll enjoy, then it packages it all up in a neat


little website that is easy on the mouse pointer as well as eye. The


ranking process isn't as sophisticated as NewsWhip, a site


we looked at a few weeks back, but for a neat little lunch time digest


of what your friends are currently talking about, this is a friendly,


flexible service that shouldn't be overlooked.


# Dreamed a night like this # If you've ever sneaked a peek at


your Facebook page while you're supposed to be working, here's a


social site with a to movil focus, connecting and building


relationships with your co-workers, and they want you to use it with


the blessing of your boss. # Let's work together #


As well as helping you find colleagues to have lunch with or


maybe even set up a carpool, there is the usual swathe of badges and


rewards, which your company is encouraged to personalise to


recognise your achievements in the workplace. Now, I like the idea of


this website. I really do, but let's step back from the marketing


blurb for a second and really think about this. Is any employer EVER


going to encourage you to use a social network whilst you're at


work? I mean, it's bad enough with clan testine Facebook status


updates and surreptitious instant messenger chats without adding a


company-approvedas to time waster to the list as well. That said, if


you do have the world's most enlightened boss, maybe it's worth


showing them this site. It certainly can't help to have a


place to connect with your colleagues especially if you work


in a company with hundreds of employees.


# Down a tunnel # We do so much more text inputting


on our smartphones now than just sending the odd text message - e-


mail, blogging, updating social networks - they all require rapid


key typing and deliver equal amounts of frustration if you make


a mistake, so why not make your life a little easier with Adaptxt?


# The shape of things to come # And you're seeing the writing on


the wall # It's based on a predictive text


model that makes intelligent guesses about what you're trying to


write. The developers have worked really hard to get your software to


understand language use and context, and for me, the accuracy really


shows in the results. This free app also learns how you write as you


use it to make the results even more accurate and personalised.


Once installed you can download language and grammar add-ons with


an impressive catalogue of 40-plus languages casered for. It's an


impressive app for people with clumsy fingers all over the world.


Kate Russell, and that is it from the Las Vegas Convention Centre for


this week, but we're back in Vegas with more tech from CES next week.


In the mean time, you can watch this programme again through the


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