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25/02/2012

A look at the gadgets designed to look after your health. We also check out the next generation of wearable tech. Includes tech news and web reviews.


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protection policies. Now it is time How are you feeling today? This

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week, Click looks at the technology designed to help you what is up and

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treated you with more than tender loving Korea -- tender loving

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career. The devices that take your devices from your eyes or mind. And

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we will slip into something more comfortable. The next generation of

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wearable technology. And your life from beginning to, well, now.

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Welcome to Click. When it comes to health, we can't really be too

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careful, so while there is technology to help diagnose and

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manage a whole medical encyclopaedia's words of conditions,

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should we really be taking our lives into our own hands? We have

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been looking at how safe it is to play doctors and nurses. We have

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all done it. Felt under the weather and are looked up out sentence on

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the internet only to convince ourselves we have got every

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condition going. How are you feeling today? Or false. I sneezed

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three times today. Any other symptoms? I get a bit shivery when

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I go outside. Definitely sounds to me like a case of man flue. It

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would be nice to avoid the germs of a doctor's surgery waiting room but

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it is not just about the worry. When there is actually something

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wrong, getting the right diagnosis is a -- is essential. Some symptoms,

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while they might seem innocuous, actually if they have been going on

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for a long time, you should be seeing a doctor and making sure it

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is nothing too serious and does not need treatment. But once you know

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what you are dealing with the latest DIY medical technology comes

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into its sign. This is why medics are encouraging the use of home

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technology for those with chronic conditions. Here is a blood

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pressure monitor that attaches directly to your iPhone, iPad or

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iPod touch. I am not an actual doctor, but I have read the

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instructions. It seems that it you place this about two centimetres

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above your elbow, then rest your arm on a survey says but makes --

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make sure it is at heart level, you need to feel rested and relaxed and

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not really speak. -- on a surface. The results on your blood pressure

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and pulse rate will be displayed immediately. When you set up an

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online account the information will automatically be updated. The

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question is, how accurate is it? This doctor helped me put it to the

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test by measuring its result against those taken with his

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professional device. There were minor differences but he assured me

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they were not of anything relevant. They are all of the same order.

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Before we had these people would come in every two or three months.

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Now they can keep an eye on their blood pressure. They can let you

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know their findings by e-mail and you can advise them accordingly and

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changed their dose or whatever treatment is necessary. This goal

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was just six years old when she was diagnosed with type on diabetes.

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The latest gadgets offer more hi- tech control. Two years ago she

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switched from insulin injections to our blood glucose reader that

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connects to a continuous pump fire BlueTooth. It accolades how much

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insulin above her base does is required and at a touch of a button

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delivers it. It has completely changed my life. Before I was on it

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I probably would not have been able to go to college and sit my A-

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levels. There is no way I could go to university. When I was injecting

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before it is a bit short because you have to stick to certain times

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of the evening and finding places. -- a chore. And when I was at

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school, people would make comments. But with these, I have freedom to

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eat where and when I want. And I can get the glucose me that out.

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Because it is Pluto it looks like a telephone. -- because it is

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BlueTooth it looks like a phone. What we have worried about in the

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past is people testing their blood glucose, seeing what it is, and

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doing nothing. With the advance of technology, and seeing all of this

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development, people are so much more interested in what is going on,

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and they are acting on the results. I do not need as much input from

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the doctors any more because I can get the results on the screen. If I

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saw that my blood-sugar was a bit higher than what it should be, I

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can take more insular and an action programme it by the metre. I can

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tell it's that I need it. Although hers was provided by her doctor,

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developments have made it to the consumer market as well. These

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requests reader instantly sends its readings via a free Tucci

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connection to a secure online portal. If you want to keep all of

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your medical data in one place, Microsoft HealthVault is one place

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that can provide a secure place with all of your readings with the

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option of giving doctors or family access as well. It is not just

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about monitoring existing conditions. There is also an

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opportunity for us all to become more health aware. The Fitbit is a

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piece of wearable technology that monitors every step you take, so it

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might just encourage you to make more effort. Then you can work out

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whether you have learned that chocolate muffin or not. By logging

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on to your account you have to own up to what you have been eating. It

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will match energy used intake. If you wear it 24 hours it can even

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monitor your sleep. This app allows your camera on your phone to

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measure your heart rate. It monitors colour changes in the

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light that passes through your finger. It is all very well, but

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what am I meant to do with the state of? 72 beats per minute. Is

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that normal? There are limits. You can measure things, but it does not

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mean you can diver knows what is wrong with you, or even what the

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measurement might mean. -- you can diagnose. It it is a balance

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between self care but understanding sometimes you need to see and

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healthcare professionals. Maybe it was a bit optimistic of May to

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think an app and they could keep the doctor away.

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Next up - a look at this week's technology news. The spat over

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whether Google is by passing through is the settings on popular

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browsers has intensified. Last week it was accused of using third-party

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cookies to track Safari uses the behaviour. Now Microsoft says the

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search died is using a similar technique to track Internet

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Explorer. Google rejects the suggestions saying Microsoft's

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reliance on outdated technology had forced thousands of websites to

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circumvent it. The Pirate Bay one of the world's most popular file

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sharing websites is to stop offering downloads while Torrance

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from next week. It says its new system will make it harder for

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their enemies to stop them. It comes as the High Court in the UK

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ruled that The Pirate Bay firelight Copyright regulation. It will

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decide whether it should be blocked in the UK. -- violates. And imagine

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a tablet that can actually get e- mail without users needing a phone?

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Crazy. But it is actually happening. RIM has updated its system to allow

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him access without a handset. It does not include the ever-popular

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BlackBerry messenger that would be asking for too much. -- BlackBerry

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Messenger. The lack of independent e-mail has been seen as a key

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reason for the collapse in playbook sales which saw its price tag/by

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more than half last year. Users can download some of the apps in the

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Android market place, however. Last week we looked at some of the

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new ways to control out technology using gestures. But for those who

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do not want to, or for perhaps who cannot, how about controlling your

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computer with your eyes and playing video games with your mind? Well,

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Thereat infrared lights below the monitor illuminating both eyes. --

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there are. There has sensors capturing images of the eyes. What

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it does is it takes the shiny spots off the eye and the reflection of

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the retina, two spots on each by, and it calculates a three-

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dimensional model of each fight in near real time and every time you

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move your eyes around on the screen it knows exactly where you are

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looking. I can see, I can write my This technology has been around for

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about 75 years. Scientists first discovered the human body gives off

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an electrical signal. It has predominately been used in

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hospitals for people with brain problems. What we have done is we

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have taken that technology and simplified it and brought the cost

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down and are making it available so it can be built into inexpensive

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mass-market consumer electronics. With the headset, I am controlling

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the height of the Player icon. When I pay attention I drive it up and

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when I relax I drive it down. With the remote, I am moving it to the

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left and to the right. The reason why I do not have four axes of

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control is that the brain is incredibly complex to listen to.

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The science right now will only allow us a degree of confidence in

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controlling one mechanism. In the future when we have more insight

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into the brain wave signal will be able to control multiple dimensions.

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-- we will. It might be difficult to get your head around the idea of

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I control but apparently those who have tried it say that after a few

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minutes' training it really does Have you ever been getting dressed

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in the morning and you have stopped to think, I wish my clothing had

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more taking them? No? What I have to. Imagine a future where you had

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a smart T-shirt, or a pair of wireless Sox. One day, your

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clothing may not need in the pockets. -- need any pockets.

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Because you will be wearing your gadgets.

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Nice outfit. But they do not really do anything. But the stresses do.

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They are filled with a series of LEDs and sensors and respond to the

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wearer's movement. It mixes fashion with electronics. Those wires

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become printed parts on a much smaller circuit board, which fits

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into the dress. It has been a specially-designed by one company

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which began weaving its magic over ten years ago. When we first

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started, there were no conductive fabrics. Everything was huge and

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bulky and had wires all over the place. We were getting frustrated.

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We started working on developing our and technology. Including this

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Italian pop star's 4.5 metre long white dress. 12,000 Programmable

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LEDs timed with their music, using MIDI, the same used by electronic

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musical instruments. For those of us who are simply not that tall,

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they are surely to receive a shirt that gives an receives hearts over

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long distances. The data will go into Bluetooth over your mobile

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phone and will send a hug message. It really feels like you are

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hugging someone. What they flirt with the latest clothing trends, a

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more serious relationship between clothing and technology goes beyond,

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it is a field of research cord wearable technology. The unit's

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first de -- the University of Wales' clothing lets people

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maintain an active lifestyle. Electronic switches and sensors are

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bonded and sewn into it, they are even washable. A remote control is

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set into one sleeve. When finished, the rare art -- the wearer can

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measure their heart rate and even call for help. They are not old

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people who want to go into old people's clothing. They are

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beginning to get less dexterous. If you are in bad weather, what do you

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do? For the clothing is a much more effective interface. She is quite

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happy for the university to Wherry should -- to research were bought

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take in his garage. After all, you do not want to take your gloves off

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in minus 40. One of the problems in the North Pole or the south pole,

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you do not know which way is north or south. The traditional way is to

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use a compass, but that is a little bit difficult up there, because you

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have to correct for the fact that you are heading to the north a

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Geographic Pole, and the North magnetic pole is somewhere over

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there. In order to reach the Geographic Pole, he has designed a

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sleeve compass, which is one less thing to carry. It turns into a GPS

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unit and then works out -- works it out. Like most electronics, all the

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bits are smaller and cheaper than ever. It is pretty simple to buy

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parts online, but you have to know what to do with them. Bigger

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outfits are getting involved, not Gucci or Prada, but Microsoft. They

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are working on projects like this one, the idea, to control your

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fabric -- to control your smartphone through the fabric. Not

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hands-free, but free from your eyes. While the phone is still in your

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pocket or bag, it allows you to make a simple gesture on the touch

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screen, through the fabric, in all -- in order to be able to dismiss

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the call. If wearable technology is the next logical step in computing,

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it is down to asked to work out exactly what we want it to do. Once

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that happens, who knows what we will have Cup our sleeves?

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Do we need any more social networks? You could argue that for

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a healthy market place, you need a lot of competition, but let's be

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honest, any newcomers to this already crowded space have a lot of

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slashed to rise above. They have to offer something fresh and

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intriguing. Some of the new website around are doing that better than

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others. -- the new websites. I tend to pitch my tent firmly in

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the camp that says, we have enough social media websites. But every

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now and then, something catches my eye, and I have to reconsider my

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position. This one has been around just over a year, but recently had

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a major revamp and it is looking pretty promising. Apart from having

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a very lovely interface, I like the focus of this app, inviting you to

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create a pathway through your life and then populate it with people,

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music, places and conversation as you go. Making posts to Facebook,

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Twitter and Foursquare, means you do not have to opt out of those

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networks completely. This service is simple and elegant enough, and

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it may make a respectable mark on the social media genre.

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Talking of the social work, there is another newcomer to the market.

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Pinterest .com. This is an image based social network and discovery

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told that asks users to create a mood board around a particular

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interest, such as recipes, fashion, or football. Then you can post

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links and upload images to create an online mood board of interesting

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content. It is still in private beta, so you have to wait for your

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invitation. But there has already been a lot of support. It has just

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been reported as hitting 11.7 unique monthly US visitors,

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crossing the 10 million mark faster than any other stand-alone site in

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history. Using the service is made easier with a browser bookmark that

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allows you to pin items to your board as you surf, and there is an

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iPhone app. There is set app available for posting pictures from

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your phone's camera. Not to be out done by this rising social star,

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photo sharing side Flickr is rolling out a big change this week,

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bringing their dashboard up to date with a style maker over,

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reminiscent of Pintereof Pintere. It will go live on Tuesday the 28.

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If you had children any time in the last four or five decades, you

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would probably have heard of Flat Stanley. He beat is a character in

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a series of books started in 1964, and has been used by educators all

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over the world to help teach about travel and tradition. The Flat

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Stanley approach it encourages children to learn about other

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cultures by writing to children by other schools all over the world.

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The idea is they sent a Flat Stanley in the envelope with their

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letter, now this acts as a kind of link that both children are

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familiar with, so they can start talking openly and more comfortably,

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even though they may be fun very different backgrounds. The website

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is a great place to store and share the adventures of your own

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particular flight Stanley. -- Flat Stanley. As you would expect for

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someone as well travelled as Stanley, a mobile app has just been

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released. It is only on iPhone at the moment, but the other platforms

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are not far behind. February 29th, we onlyh, we only

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every four years, so what will you be doing?

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Feb29th.net wants you to tell the world in what the organisers hope

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will be the biggest blogging project ever. They have simplified

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the process so that everyone can join in.

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That was Kate Russell and as usual, if you missed any of those links

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you will find them all on our website. While you are there, you

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