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Healthy gadgets, super hi-vis TVs and waterproofing phones feature in the second show from the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas. Including tech news and Webscape.

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some areas, up to 12 inches have fallen.


Now it is time for Click. Excuse me, I ordered a diet cola.


This week on Click we will be getting out chops through some


healthy take fair, as we discover the crop of gadgets aiming to keep


you in tip-top condition. 8 million pixels but nothing on. We will find


that when we will be able to watch anything on these new Super high-


definition screens. All that plus the latest tech news from around


the world, and a chance to hear the world in Webscape.


Welcome to Click. Welcome back to Las Vegas. This week we are at a


restaurant called The Heart Attack Grill, home to the world famous


Quadruple Bypass Burger, which at 9982 calories, it comes in just


under the crucial 10,000 can the remark. We are in Las Vegas for the


consumer electronics show, which explores some of the technology


themes that are going to be big in 2013. One of them had turned out to


be health technology. A new raft of health gadgets to


monitor everything from pulse to oxygen levels is getting every


fitness addicts' hearts racing. But if you've been around the block a


bit, using tech to check your vital signs isn't anything new. Some of


the more popular gadgets are this watch, for example, that can


measure my heart rate through a strap sensor that I am wearing on


my chest, sending the details wirelessly to this screen or a posh


pedometer that use accelerometers to tell you how many steps you have


taken during the day. And FitBit, the market leader at the moment,


has moved to a strap-based solution which is going to be available from


March. And that tells me just at the glance of a few lights how


close I am to my target. No chance of that happening today!


Rather than wearing something new though, how about using what you


probably already wear when working out to keep an eye on your


progress? Monica here doesn't appear to have anything but her MP3


player turned on, but the ear buds are different. An infra-red sensor


detects blood flow inside the ear to determine heart rate, while an


accelerometer inside takes a good guess at distance travelled. This


is the first product to use the hidden technology which is due out


in spring. Of course you still have to look at your phone to see how


you're doing. OK if you're in the gym, not so handy when out on the


road. This sun visor is linked to a strap that's monitoring my heart,


that information is sent wirelessly to a tiny screen that is just on


the end of my vision. So you know your heart rate, pace, and incline


climbed. All this data, so what are we expected to do with it?


biggest challenge that we face at Polar is not to provide them with


the information, but what they do with the information, how do they


interpret it, how do they use it, I think that's the biggest challenge.


I think the companies that are here now, measuring things, are showing


them information about themselves, but how do you interpret that?


These futuristic-looking shades could be one answer, they can be


pre-programmed with different coloured lights that tell me


whether I need to speed up or slow down to hit my target. There is


also a rather incessant Aussie shouting in my ear saying pretty


much the same thing. Heart rate below target! Yeah, all right, all


right. Sometimes it's not how fast you move but simply how you move.


Xsens is a Dutch outfit that provides motion tracking to


Hollywood studios who use it to map computer animation to human


movement. And now it's produced a cut down consumer version, sporting


anything up to 15 sensors which could help runners, golfers, or


ballet dancers perfect their technique. Many of the devices I've


picked up so far are using a new low powered version of Bluetooth.


Meaning batteries could last for days or weeks but eventually one


company hopes our workouts themselves will power these devices


by converting body heat to electricity. Advances in fitness


and health care tech aren't just wireless. All sorts of tools can


now be plugged into your mobile device, like this breath tester,


which could be used to encourage kids with asthma to develop their


lung capacity, or for patients recovering from accidents. And this


finger monitor plugs into an iPad to give accurate blood oxygen


levels. A bit specialist this one, useful for mountaineers or pilots


who carry tablets everywhere they go, but the idea could in future be


introduced in clinics or hospitals. Taking care of ourselves through


home monitoring is also a big trend. The company selling these announced


a deal that may also relieve us of having to collate and make sense of


the information too. It's linked up with security firm ADT which will


start offering monitoring of you by a professional as well as


monitoring of your home by their security experts. And telemedicine,


once the preserve of developing countries, could help slash health


costs in places like America. HealthSpot has come up with these


pop up clinics where patients check themselves in and speak face to


screen with a doctor who can ask them to carry out various tests


using the onsite equipment. Monitoring what's around you could


be crucial to maintaining your health, or so thinks Lapka which


has developed the chain of plug-in testers. One is radiation, another


tells you if your food is organic by measuring the level of nitrates


present. And then there's the slightly more bizarre ideas. These


glasses induce relaxation or can spark fresh energy through a


psychedelic mixture of colour and sound. Its makers claim they can be


used to treat all kinds of ailments. Sadly I still had jet lag after my


10 minutes. But perhaps the most ambitious project at the expo was


one that hopes to create something we've so far only imagined. The


idea of a Tricorder as featured in Star Trek is the vision of Qualcomm


and the X PRIZE Foundation who are putting up $10 million in prize


money for the individual or company who can make the instant wireless


diagnostic kit a reality by 2015. Perhaps the most important aspect


of this is, beyond all the technical requirements to capture


15 different disease states and vital signs, the ability to make


cogent and intelligent information available to consumers that would


give them a clear understanding of their health status and an


understanding, directionally of what to do about what they have


learnt from their device may prove to be the most important and


significant achievement. A fragmented health and fitness


marketplace filled with gadgets measuring a myriad of different


things all seamlessly rolled into one simple device? It's technology,


Jim, but not as we know it. Yet. If you are wondering about the


outfit, this restaurant insist that all of its patients, Surrey, its


customers, wear a surgical gown. A look at this week's Ten News.


Where is the dessert menu? Facebook revealed a new social


search engine that scans the side's content, called Graph Search. It


lets users look through information that their friends find rot --


relevant, such as restaurants or music that they like. The neutral


will respect uses' privacy settings, only throwing up results that they


could find themselves by browsing the site, adding that it will not


be a competition with Google. The once big daddy of social


networks, MySpace, has been given a week that. MySpace's strands have


traditionally been musical, the face live site places a healthy


emphasis on the lot -- discovering a new music. The jukebox jury is


out on whether the pop-star's reflected glory is enough to jump-


start the social networking site. A big decision on who has control


over your images has been taking place in America, following a two-


year court case in New York, the district judge has ruled that you


do. Photographer Dan your morale took photos in the aftermath of the


Haiti earthquake and posted them on Twitter. A court ruled that two and


news organisations distributed one of his photos without his


permission, even though he had shed them on Twitter. Finally, the White


House has officially announced that the US would not be ordered a Death


Star, even though 35,000 Americans signed a petition requesting one.


In a tongue-in-cheek response, President Obama's demonstration


said that it does not support the blowing up of a planet. It has


highlighted other space projects that the US government is working


on. It also acknowledge the overriding power of the force.


Over the last few months, there has been a lot of talk about the latest


type of screen technology. On the hills of hi-def and 3D, comes 4K,


with four times the resolution of the new hi-def TV. I'm surprisingly,


there were a lot of 4K announcements at sea as, and a


great opportunity for Ian Hardy to find out where and when 4K will


make its presence felt. -- the consumer electronics show.


Flowers, food and festival footage. That can only mean one thing, the


newest TV technology is on display and ready for prime time. At least


that is what the electronics manufacturers would like consumers


to believe that. But it is not quite that simple. Because without


content, a TV is just a big black space. To get the most out of a 4K


or opera high-definition TV, the content has to contain four times


as many pixels as a scene on a traditional HD screen. More pixels


means a better image, and you may have already seen 4K at your local


cinema, more and more films are being shot in this format, that is


why one company is packaging a giant 84 inch screen and a media


server in one, to get the ball rolling in the home. Because Sony


also owns movie studios, we are uniquely positioned to offer


content. We are offering a video player, it will come loaded. There


are a tonne of shorts, independent movies. Also really amazing shots.


Sony's new content delivery service would not be up and running and


will later this year, when more details will be revealed. Moving 84


K video around is currently not that easy because of the higher


file servers -- sizes. Today's internet is too slow in most


countries. Delivery will become easier as band with the limits


increase, and video file sizes get smaller. The ability to cut bit


rates in half and/file sizes dramatically without losing any of


the quality is thanks to a new codec that will replace the current


one, which is caught H.264. It's squishes the BDO down to smaller


sizes. With the new codec, it is called H.265, it can save 40% of


the video a size. You can compress it down and get it to deliver it.


There are dozens of screens at the show playing 4K content. I had seen


many of them in person. It is the bed, crisp, very colourful. But if


we want to create the same content, certainly within the next he also,


it may prove to be a bit of a challenge. One of the most


affordable solutions is the go pro hero three, but this will only


record at two frame rates, 12 and 15, far below the 120 frames per


second scene in the best quality 4K footage. There is a misconception


about what this mode is intended for. It is for very specific types


of content. Time lapse is the popular one. If you absolutely


cannot wait for whatever reason to start building a 4K library, then a


top of the line DSLR From Canon Can do the job at a reasonable 24


frames per second. It also records 4K content on to two Compact Flash


Cards. Mummies and daddies with $12,000 to spare are delighted,


because they no longer have to make the agonising decision to capture a


once in a lifetime moment in either of video or photo mode. Forte can


produce great photos from individual video frames. -- 4K.


Still photography, some people have been shooting 24 frames and lifted


the frames out. I have been astonished at the resolution. You


can get a very fast burst. Photographs looked best on a 24


inch tablet which Panasonic says it will be produced later this year


for business users. As more and more video cameras become available,


such as this one from JVC, it will make it easier to collect memories.


For most of us, the technical and financial barriers of downloading,


uploading, offloading, or creating native 4K video puts it out of


reach. Not that we really need to worry. 4K television sets


themselves are also priced somewhere between sky-high and out


Las Vegas is somewhere that reminds you that this planet is an amazing


place full of bizarre sights, sounds and smells. Of course you


don't actually have to come here these days to experience the sights,


you can just go online and look at them. Now Kate Russell has found


somewhere where you can experience the sounds as well. Thankfully no


one has worked out how to share the smells yet, that could be a bit too


scary. Anyway, here's Webscape. Ever wondered what it sounds like


to stand beside a metal works on the outskirts of Moscow? Or be in a


room full of bats at night under an Indian palace. Sound around you is


a research project put together by Salford University that asks people


to capture a snapshot of sound from wherever they hear something


interesting, and uploaded to a map to create a worldwide soundscape


for everyone to explore. I never realised how fascinating everyday


sounds from around the world could be until I'd started wandering


around this map. You can download the audio clips as MP3 is if you


find something you want to keep, and don't forget to leave a rating


if you want to help others find rare gems. You can record a sound


on any device and contribute through the website, or down like


the free ioS at to make it really easy. -- Download the free ils app.


You have to be patient but Phil that time missing two other sounds


coming in. -- ioS app. Next up if you're a UK student, this could


prove really valuable. Quite literally. As a place to buy, sell


and swap books and other essential staff to support your time in study.


It's no secret that being a student is expensive these days, with


rising tuition fees, increased cost of living and economic austerity


measures pinching from every direction. Not only that but if


you're concerned about the environment, this could be a much


better way of getting rid of your cast-offs without them being dumped


in a landfill. The website only can expire with seller so there are no


commissions on sales. -- and the connects buyer with seller. Only


one thing is listed -- only connects. But this is early beta


stage so get along there and form the markets and place. Windows 8


phone owners who like to roll with the beats can download a couple of


free at that make music into the palm of their hand. Free MixTapes


Cloud pulls collections from the community at LiveMixtapes.com.


There are thousands of pre- made mix is available, although they do


seem to cater more for the dance- music John Rudd. Use the caching


feature to download tracks to your handsets. It is supported with a


premium upgrade if you like. If you prefer your beats with an Indian


vied, Dana.com is one of the leading portals featuring tracks


from popular genres in 21 languages, including Hindi, camel and Telugu.


And this week the site went mobile launching a suite of free


smartphone apps, including ioS, Android, BlackBerry and Java, so


you can now shake your Bollywood boutique to over 1 million tunes on


the go. Kate Russell's Webscape. Now over the past couple of weeks


we have brought you as much from the consumer electronics show as is


polite. Now it's time to rudely squeeze in just a little bit more.


Here's some of the call tech from the show floor that Cork Richard


Taylor's eye. -- Court. Why simply content yourself with watching


content when you can properly interact with it? Some interactions


got all touchy-feely - multi-touchy feely as it happens. Other displays


are less practical but definitely - and indeed by definition - way


cooler. This technology from Russian startup Displair bounces


the reflection of a standard tablet screen onto a wall of mist. A


Kinect-style camera in the machine pick up your fingers movements and


translates those back to the tablet. But in general tech and water don't


tend to mix too well - which is why some outfits are getting the


molecular miracle of nanotechnology to lend a helping hand. Now here on


Click we like to bring you a bit of magic from time to time. But what I


am about to show you is the real deal. And it is quite amazing


tissue here and a tray of water when I submerge the tissue in the


water, it emerges bone dry! Not a drop of water on it. Now the magic


at work here is actually on the surface of this tissue which has


been coated with a special Nano layer which is a thousand times


thinner than even one strand of hair, and its nanotechnology in


action which you can see when I pour the water on here, it is


totally water repellent. Enter the liquipod this is the machine that


could be found in a retail location perhaps the shop and which does the


nano coating of all your gadgets. You go there with your phone your


tablet, any device really, that you want to make water safe, you put it


in this chamber here- now the chamber then fills with this vapour


which nano coats your devices after about half an hour you'll be able


to remove it, it feels exactly as it did before, all the holes still


work in the normal way for charging and for putting your headphones in,


and then when you dunk your phone in water it still works in just the


same way. Now the idea here is for safety more than anything else,


rather than things like swimming, after a while the pressure of water


would start to break down that molecular structure of the nano


coating of the device. Will it take off? Well I think it depends on


whether consumers are willing to pay a premium for this kind of


thing. But one thing Is for sure right here at CES it's making quite


a splash! Tablets are squarely at centre-stage of the tech world -


and the slabs of black magic are constantly being reinvented. In


terms of hardware, if you thought the 7-incher was the new 10 incher


then maybe it's time to think again - as some companies are supersizing


their offerings. In terms of applications they're brimming with


potential, not just in the classroom, but in the workplace too.


Now as I am in Vegas and I may want to check out what the guys are


doing back at base in London well this is one way of doing it, it's a


virtual tele-presence robot, it's got a standard tablet in here, it's


got a standard game controller that talks wirelessly and I can send my


voice and motion over Skype, to the other side of the world. A pretty


awesome way of getting round the office when you are not there, love


it! Richard Taylor rounding off our coverage of C S 2013. To find out


Healthy gadgets, super hi-vis TVs and waterproofing phones feature in the second show from the world's largest consumer electronics show in Las Vegas. Including tech news and Webscape.

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