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It seems like absolutely everyone Welcome to the programme. I might
be officially the last to welcome you to 2013. We look ahead to a
tech that might be trending in the next 12 months. The next big thing
could be, well, things, or rather, the internet of things. The concept
of objects are not even technology get hooked up to the net. What does
it mean? David Reid dropped into a conference in Paris, known as Le
The internet is the world pass - Matt Walker's largest printing
press. People exchange data across continent. Maybe, except while we
were not watching, the web has become much more. They are calling
it the internet of things. It is a collective device that measures and
a tell us about the real world falls -- with sensors. I am
improving my personal fitness with an electronic barometer that makes
me aware of how I am walking and how I am sitting. It is making
things visible in the world that were previously invisible. By doing
this, we changed our behaviour. Sometimes, I realise I do not have
enough steps. I would get up and walk about more and get more active.
It is helping me lose weight. is an internet of things device. It
is a wide thermostat that is used with despite phone. -- smartphone.
It does not toast your furniture while you are out at work. We have
these senses and things happening. How to retake the data common of
these things to make action and insights? You do not go to a doctor
every day and say, it is my six- month check-up or yearly check-up.
YouTube cars not tell us this? Your Cars can tell you when they are
sick. You can pull over and park online.
I am going to pay for parking. I have pulled up to the parking meter.
I drop these arrow into the app. I put in mind numberplate. I have now
How much we numbingly share may become more pointed with an
automated internet of things, no longer dismiss ball as a detail
that threatens to obscure the bigger picture. How much control we
have could make up half of our relationship with technology. You
cannot hammer in a nail over the internet. With internet of things
taking shape so quickly, perhaps we should not be too sure.
David Reid reporting from Paris. Next, a look at this week's
Ticketek news stories. China's new year's resolution may
have been to reduce its huge carbon footprint and investing to clear up
its spice. The government is starting to upload hourly update on
air pollution levels in 74 of its biggest cities. Greenpeace reports
air pollution in China is 2-4 times above the World Health
Organisation's standards. LG has started taking orders for its 55"
OLED televisions, currently the largest on the market, costing
�6,000. The energy-efficient technology
which allows for Venus Greens, but the clarity, colour and contrast is
only available for smartphones and habit up to now. We expect to see a
lot more organic LED TV screens next week when we travelled to Las
Vegas for the world's largest tech show, CES.
His goodbye to photographs, thanks to a newcomer from Toshiba. It is
shrinking the size of existing technology that allows users to
adjust the focus of the shot after it has been taken. The camera has
500,000 tiny lenses that take snaps at different focal lengths. That
the formation can be used to focus the short later. The tech was
pioneered by Stanford University but failed to go mainstream due to
its size and price. One of the biggest problems that
smartphone manufacturers have these days is trying to differentiate
their slice of black magic from rivals. One Russian company thinks
it has a solution. Richard Taylor explains.
Shall screen phones, nothing new. Think of the old Nokia smartphones.
This one is a bit different. This one has a regular tour -- read like
capacitive a touch screen. It is running jellybean. On the back, it
has an e-paper display using electronic ink, injecting three
changing voltage different inks on the display. It does not use energy
until it changes the display to update the formation. It uses low-
power. What is the thinking behind it? With me is this man. Tell me,
what were you thinking when you made this phone? It is a
fascinating concept. We came up with this idea two years ago. We
were inspired by the experience of users. Talk me through some of the
scenarios when people use the second display. By him in London
and I do not know how to get from point to point B. I open Google
Maps. Subtly, the battery is running out. I can make one gesture
and put this image of him up on to an e-paper display. It will last
longer. I can still use Google Maps. When it is out of battery, the
image can stay there. I know where to go. It has been a
The good old incandescent light bulb has been with us since the
1870s, but it is a remarkably inefficient way of generating light.
That is why it is being phased out around the world and replaced with
new technologies such as LED. The reduction in the US was delayed,
but that has not stopped some of New York's iconic structures coming
up with some bright ideas on how to This was the midnight moment on New
Year's Eve, the descending ball was cheered on by a crowd of over one
million. Every year, the event is arguably the single biggest
advertisement for LED technology in the US, with media outlets
reporting on its efficiency and annual upgrade. The ball has shed
its halogen and incandescent history. That was in 2007. Back
then, most people had never even seen an LED light globe, and the
biggest challenge for the ball's owners was to ensure that none of
the legendary sparkle, created by the combination of crystal and
light, was lost with a new transformation. When you see a
crystal chandelier and fill it with an incandescent light bulb, it is
the same with the crystal ball. When you look at the modules, and
there are a lot of mirrors with reflectivity, it reflects the
crystal. In 2007, the new ball showed energy efficiency savings of
90%. It was double the brightness. One year later, the brightness
doubled again. It is so energy efficient that it can be kept lit
up day and night, 365 days of the tear atop Times Square. That
certainly was not the case with incandescent light bulbs or halogen
light bulbs. The famous numerals which are also lit every day of the
year also get an annual upgrade. The bulbs for 2013 are 30% lighter
than one year ago. Meanwhile, the Empire State Building has just
unveiled its new LED lighting system, which can beam 16 million
colours. The old way of changing colours, 1,400 feet above midtown
Manhattan, involved circles of gel with just a small range, 10 colours
at most. It was done this way for After decades of essentially the
same kind of lighting, 2013 could be the industry's most illuminating
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