10/03/2012 Click


A special edition to mark the anniversary of the earthquake and tsumani that struck Japan on 11th March 2011. Plus a look at the kitchen of the future, tech news, and Webscape.

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online world in Click. -- whole look.


If this did it ever happen again, could we cope any better? -- did


Is there anything technology can do about this? One year on, Click


reports from Japan on its desire to invent new ways to deal with a


feature disaster before it happens. Enter the kitchen set up that comes


with Wi-Fi baked in. A multi- million-dollar bet on the future of


your cuisine. Plus the latest tech news and the


app that allows you to keep an eye on your phone from your laptop.


Welcome to Click. It is incredible to think that it is now one year


since eastern Japan suffered its worst natural disaster in decades.


The earthquake and tsunami that followed devastated the country,


cutting off power and communications from those who need


it the most. But this technology loving nation made good use of its


unique innovations and social networks to help in the aftermath.


On a basic level for those who simply had access to a phone,


Japanese operator NTT DOCOMO's emergency message board that


survivor's leave was messages which could then be accessed by anyone


searching their phone number. -- voice messages. We reported on how


some of the social networks unique to Japan help people find each


other in the aftermath. difference between Facebook and


Mixi is we do not use it to connect with friends. Posting pictures and


updating information. We use it to communicate with people who we do


not know it. Recreate community through it. A man had a restaurant


in an area hit by an earthquake but he still had food and water and can


cook at his restaurant. He would like to serve three fit for the


people who escaped and had no place to cope. All the information from


many different social networks could be scanned and mapped out,


hopping rescuers and the public determine what was happening and


where in real time. You would want to find a way to charge your


cellphone, which backs are open, which grocery stores are open.


These are all pieces of new information that happened after a


disaster. What to put on your map is up to you. Honda has fitted its


cars with GPS Sat Nav. After the quake, it opened up that data base


to show real time car movements, hopping anyone with an internet


connection see which roads are still open and how fast traffic is


moving. Then, there was a third disaster to deal with. The for Abu


Bakar Bashir nuclear power plant threatened widespread contamination


after being badly damaged in the tsunami. -- Fukushima power plant.


Robots were deployed in two areas too dangerous for people to go,


sending back images of people buried under rubble.


Dan Simmons's last March summon up how technology lent a hand in the


hours and days following the quake. So since then he has been back to


Tokyo to see what has happened since and has discovered some


innovations which should help out if this ever happens again.


Your phone can tell you a lot of things after a disaster. It was the


one piece of technology most Japanese turned to. This map shows


usage levels. This one shows one operator's ability to maintain a


mobile data network, partly through the fast deployment of microwave


stations. Give any specific threat of a nuclear meltdown here,


operator NTT DOCOMO showed off a new prototype cover for smartphones


that measures radiation levels. Some low level radiation balls we


used to demonstrate it, sending readings of the handsets to 20


times higher than background levels. Long after the nuclear disaster of


the consumer, it could allow nuclear -- ordinary people to


decide which areas they could return to or check whether food and


water has been contaminated. It was data networks that held up much


more successfully than voice services, which saw a 50 fold


increase in demand in the hours after the quake struck. It is one


of the reasons cited for the surge in the sale of smartphones. There


is a renewed interest in not relying on another type of network


to. The power grid. Been green can it mean being self-sufficient with


larger personal wind up her Bines going on sale this year, cheaper


solar panels and in home batteries to stop how you do not use. My son


thinks the move towards electric cars might be useful also. Nissan.


One source of power we may have in the future of might be our electric


car. Typically, we would drive it home, plug it in and it chews up


the battery. But in the event of a disaster, Nissan have turned at the


idea on its head. You can plug your That charge has just changed the


pride and Voltage that the car needs to that which the appliances


need inside the home. How much energy are we using typically


inside this apartment? This tablet application shows us the LED lights


are not taking very much but the TV screen is 300 watts and these air


conditioning units are taking some power also. The car can provide up


to 6,000 watts per hour to an apartment or house. Mason think


that typically we would use about 1,200. The car has enough power


were on a full charge to last around two days of what it


describes as normal use. By this time it is hoped the electricity


can be restored. After an earthquake, the amount for this


type of energy independent system has been very strong. -- the demand.


The speed of this system has been accelerated. At its extreme, the


drive towards self-reliance is embodied in this mission. Whole


cities used to design and less power and topped with solar panels.


This is Fujisawa. It is a model now, but the City is being built and


hopes to be entirely self- sufficient by 2015. You may think


this looks like an I saw. One company is trying to help us see


through that. These solar panels are clearly helpful. 3m has shown


that he can capture the energy from the sun without blocking all of its


light. The see-through photovoltaic panels are designed to be stuck on


to large windows of office buildings and homes without


blocking the view. Here, under artificial light, about two square


metres produces about 13 bolts. It converts the Alnwick -- energy from


the light hitting both sides of the flexible panels. It is hoped the


added benefits of making glass windows less vulnerable to


shattering will -- and keep pure -- keeping your home call means they


will be a big hit when they go on sale. -- cool. This radio frequency


sensor detects movement. My fingers register on the screen as peaks and


troughs. It can listen for heart beats. This technology is seen as a


significant -- has seen a significant reduction in size. It


is hope it can be integrated into a phone. This solar-powered take on a


segway both built in defibrillator is designed to aid and ferry the


injured or -- injured to safety. These technological developments


show how the earthquake and tsunami has steered research, development


and marketing. But a big -- visit to Japan shows something different.


The national mindset has shifted, with many families keen not to be


left helpless as they were last March.


A look at this week's tech news. Seven hackers alleged to have


masterminded last year's attacks by media groups have been arrested.


The FBI says five were in for it -- involved in the group will sap. Its


leader as pleaded guilty to 12 criminal charges. He is thought to


ha haated with the FBI. Since its launch at the end of last


month, Raspberry Pi is selling like hot cakes. Made by a Dave Braben,


the device plugs into your TV and keyboard and can do everything from


word-processing to plain high- definition video. Its main aim is


to be in the great demand amongst schoolkids for learning how to


programme. A new reaction to Apple's latest


iPad will launch. There is no fault Siri support or haptic feedback but


the tablet does feature 4G connectivity, a faster processor


and a super high res screen, which means a sharper images and high def


video playback. A battle but dubbed Cheetah has set


a new world speed record. It runs faster than you or I am is one


third quicker than its predecessor. The American defence agency behind


the project of them are the aims to deliver a war-zone robot which


Until a few years ago at each here had wi-fi in your home you could


probably and only use it to connect your laptop to the internet. These


days there are more devices around your house which can talk your


router. Televisions, radios, smart phones and tablets. There has been


one room which has remained off line until now. Ian Harvey reports


on some of the latest gadgets for your kitchen. Beauty is so


forgettable. Americans throw out 25% of everything they bite because


it gets lost in the refrigerator. Electronics companies are once


again trying to convince us that the fridge door is an ideal


location for a screen, wi-fi enabled and multi- touch. The idea


is that as to it is placed in the fridge it is scanned along with its


expiry date. That information forms a data base in the cloud. You can


always a research a recipe with your mobile device basdevice bas


ingredients you have available. From your expiration dates and


reminders you can access a shopping app and three partnerships with a


shopping chains bought your groceries from the kitchen.


Currently the Samsung screen comes with a predetermined list of apps,


but there is no reason why developers could not contribute


their own in the future. Electronics manufacturers believe


it will assist us to eat more healthily. Each member of the


household can have their own profile. The consumption of fresh


fruit, drains etc will be monitored. These appliances could talk to each


other but will usually be controlled directly by an Android


device. You can download recipes on your throne and sent them to your


smart oven. Another example is the washer dryer. You can loaded at any


time but commenced the cycle when it is convenient. When smart


kitchens were first thought of the television was pitched as the


control hub, but now the tablet and smart and have taken over that role.


Panasonic hopes that every household world one day run its


appliances using home-made energy. They see a future where every piece


of equipment in the House can communicate with the inside and


outside power sources. You can generate your electricity using a


r later if you make more than in need.


The entire system will work more efficiently and smarter as well.


This hear the word Smartie is being applied to a generation of products.


-- smart. We want everything to get smarter. On some Panasonic air


conditioners can sense where the people are in the RIM and divert


the air it so it does not have to work as hard. It is worth noting


that in many cases the smart technology cannot be retroactively


fitted, so it probably means upgrading most of the appliances.


And be wary of the ongoing cost. Smart devices present the


opportunity to package services wheeze subscriptions. Not


appetising. At the moment I am sending and receiving text messages


on this. It is thanks to an app I have on these. A message from Kate


Russell telling me not to muscle in on Webscape. Thank you Spencer -


stick to what you know best, please four-strong when I work at home I


miss some telephone calls or text messages. Perhaps because I am in


the kitchen. Not any more with Mighty Text for Android. On down


led the app and install the Chrome browser plug-in and you will access


it through a Google account. On you can send and receive text messages


even if your telephone is at home, as long as it is turned on. The


application still uses your handset to send the message does so you


will still be charged whatever you pay foreign SMS. On on top of these,


they sink messages from your handset to be stored in your


computer. And there will be a missed call alert. That should be


helpful if you spend their days split between your computer and


your phone. Video blogging has been growing in popularity. Some are


better than others. If you want a head start to professionalism on


your own video blog checkout cueprompter.com. This is ideal if


you have a camera mounted on top of your monitor. You perfect your


words in a word processor, put them in a queue prompter. You can change


the size and colour of your text. Just adjust the speed of scrolling


to suit your voice. Remembering your lines made easy. Are my TV


music in the Webscape studio. -- I might even use it in the Webscape


studio. Talking of talking, do you fancy learning Spanish? It is one


The Web site harnesses the power of the crowd to translate online text


into languages as you learn them. The concept is clever. You are


given words to translate and exercises to help them sinking.


Behind the scenes you are translating a passage of text


somewhere on the internet. To put this in perspective if one million


people used Duolingo .com to learn Spanish they could translate


Wikipedia in eight hours. You will have to apply for invitation. I can


see these having an impact on the nature of the Web it in years to


come. The Search for extra- terrestrial life goes into


overdrive this week with the launch of city life which asks netizens to


classify radio frequencies. -- city Laden. On. This Romanian person for


in a stunt which would make Buzz Lightyear envious. Finally, and an


inventor. Many of you were sad when Google Labs pulled it this tool out


of the toy box, but it has been relaunched this week by MIT. It was


Webscape. If he missed any of those thinks they are all up on our


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