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be worth �500,000. That's it from me. It is now time


Connect plugged 78 to socket 35. It It turns out I have not flooded in.


Anyway, this week on Click we get to grips with technology kits. From


pies to boards to X two Y. Can anyone really DIY? And to doubt


that news 3 D television set in Europe television room. If what you


mean you do not have one? Which it in with the technology that might


be about to check out. All that, plus the latest


technology news, your thoughts on online piracy and you and your


friends face to face online. We will show you how to do this.


Welcome to Click. If a job is worth doing, it is worth doing yourself.


At least according to people who own more than one palatal. But what


about those who swap circular saws for circuit boards? Is it possible


to do technology DIY? Technology companies generally


encourage us to be consumers, not customise us. They are less than


keen for us to explore if what is inside our gizmos. It is not likely


can just put them back together when they stop working. Modern kit


is complicated. Unless you are already pretty hot on electronics.


It is difficult to know where to start. Enter the maker community,


who subscribe to the following philosophy. If you do not have it,


make it, and if you do not know how to make it, try it at home. Imagine


you have taken the plunge and you have ordered a mobile phone charger


kit. Inside this bag is a collection of components which, on


their own, look intimidating. But with a soldering iron and website


of instructions, it should take me about an hour to put together.


Actually, this is going to take a lot longer. It is harder than I


thought. I am going to take his home. To be honest, I'm quite


looking forward to it. If anybody has made making a way of life, it


is this man, who graduated from selling LEDs in his spare time to


selling around 24,000 kits and components Priya through his


website. His place is like a pick and mix of bits and bobs. You used


to do it with a lot of hobbyists. They were into electronics. We are


seeing a lot more people coming fresh into it. We had one mother


get in touch who actually wanted to buy something that would turn of


any television. It was so she could turn off the television whenever


she wanted. The mode of charging Kidd is designed by a specific


company, but the designers open source. It can be built by anyone,


as long as they give credit. Benn pays a small licensing fee. This


collaborative spirit that seems to permeate the maker movement has


given rise to locations around the world. It is useful if you do not


have it at home. Nottingham's had space is one such community. They


tinker together. It is a maker's paradise. A freezing cold space


full of warm-hearted advice and no shortage of tea or equipment. For


the safety-conscious, who might not be up with laser cutters, common


sense is welcomed here. If you are not sure how to use it, do not.


Until you learn from someone who does. Help is always at hand at


this 24-hour tweed station. It does not matter if you do not know


everything. Do not put obstacles in your way that tell you, before I


can make an electronics thing I have to learn all of electronics.


Or before I programme something, I have to know everything about


computers. It is not true. Most people start out by knowing nothing


about what they are doing. But they become more adept at doing it. That


is what this is for. Matt is an electrical engineer with three


projects on the go. This is a shower timer that monitors how long


you're under. Tested here with the ubiquitous cup of tea. He can


actually build circuit boards himself. But here he is using one


as a quick way to see if something works. It is basically the name for


both the board and the software that runs it. It is helpful to


think it as building blocks for a DIY computing. A way to connect


software programming with hardware. He this is a little computer and I


use it to programme it. I just do some power to make it work.


piece of dr White take could be complete without a nod to the


runaway success of the raspberry pie. It is a 25 pound micro


computer that lets you connect everything to everything else. And


the release of a new, cheaper model means there's a lot of making going


on. It could communicate through the network into a motor. This sort


of thing so much easier to do now. We are trying to get that smooth


transition from day one. One that ends like it did for me in


professional engineering. Google is helping to get more


people interested in doing it themselves. It is your ability to


do this. Eric Schmidt was on hand to oversee a $1 million donation as


part of its programme to get more children interested in hacking.


That is how you get Google engineers, after all. Pro Gummer's


lot to fiddle with their computers. The average person doesn't. --


programmers love. The average person just wanted to work. The job


is to make the impossible so simple and trivial that you do not think


about it. That is the great challenge. Back to my challenge. At


a climate of charging project home to see if I had a hope of making


something functional. I found instructions on the internet and


watch the videos on how to solder. It took longer than I thought. It


took three hours, but I found it enjoyable. While building the


device, I unexpectedly developed a knowledge of each component and its


functions. It is a side-effect of making stuff, which in turn did


sink deeper understanding of the kit. I am a new member of the maker


community. I can see the attraction, especially when it feels this could


to build something electronic that actually works.


Eagerly encouraging the self-made tech revolution. Next up, he looked


at this week's tech news. Threats by the hacking connective


anonymous to block access to President Obama's State of the


Union address proved futile. If you do want that the President and


Congress would face an army. But the speech went ahead unimpeded.


The President called on Congress to bolster the nation's cyber defences.


American Express is monarch icing Twitter directly. Using a specific


hash added, customers will be able to order specific products. It


generates a confirmation e-mail, along with a 15-minute wander to


confirm the purchase was yours. And finally, you might remember


that we recently reported on a kick-start a project to build a


real-life Jetstar. It got over $350,000 in a week. A new rebel


alliance is also using the card Funding Service to fight back.


They're asking for investment for excellent fighters. Complete with


iPhone integration. So far, it is a little short of its $11 million


target. But if it goes planned, the next one will be a smuggling vessel


for 13 million Standard credits. A couple of weeks ago we reported


on the new file storage site Medard. It has been set up by this chap.


Kim Dotcom. His previous site, Megaupload, has been accused of


allowing people to swap a pirated movies and music. It had been shut


down by the authorities. This prompted you to get in touch with


us about these so-called cyber sides and about online movies and


music in general. Pretty much none of your responses came out in


defence of copyright owners. One person thinks that internet piracy


simply gives many people a free alternative to a music industry


that is greedy. Selling DVDs and CDs at 1,000 % mark up. Music and


film companies, he said, had to learn that times have changed. Pop


stars have to do it for the love of the music, not for being super-rich.


Talking of which, for another person said that he wishes his


customers would continue to pay him for his individual and creative


each time they turn on a light or the central heating. He asks why


any other profession should expect to get paid endlessly for their


creations. It sounds like you would be in favour of artists phoning


money under a new releases and then after a while giving them away or


allowing them to be shared. An interesting idea.


Another prison makes a similar point. After he has bought a book,


he says he would read it and share it with friends. He would then take


it to a sale and sell it on for 30p. He asks if his house is about to be


raided by a heavily armed Swat team for a breach of copyright. I think


you are safe. If you are making millions of copies of your book and


distributing them for nothing, it might be worth it checking out your


front lawn. It was not that long ago - three


years in fact - that we were all been told a news 3 -- TV revolution


was coming. If your television did not look like this, you were living


in the wrong century. 3D cinema had been tried at least three times in


the last 100 years and it had failed to catch on every time. Now,


things will be different, we were told. Because 3D was coming to the


home as well. How is that working out for everyone? Is there anything


to see? In the winter of 2010, 3D was the


buzzword. Tens of thousands of people from around the world,


mostly journalists, analysts and business people, came to the


International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It is an annual


event but that you felt special because of a multi-million dollar


promotional campaign by television makers that had really started


months earlier. Looking back, it was a little bit too good to be


true. Three D was the most over marketed television feature you


could imagine. Manufacturers' got behind it whole hog. Avatar.


Everyone was talking about it. And the actual experience of going in


and see in 3D movies - avatar is the exception - was disappointed --


disappointing. Now we have a backlash. It is hard to believe the


TV industry got it so wrong. Look around. What percentage of your


friends watch 3D at home on a regular basis? Was this a case of


manufacturers deliberately dressing up a sideline feature into a fully-


fledged visual revolution? I don't think so. I think they had a


genuine technology advancement. LCD displays. And the conductors that


went inside were fast enough to be used for 3D content. And in the


cinema, there was a move towards 3D. James Cameron was one of the people


developing many 3D films like avatar. But the issue was not...


There was not enough content for the television market and the


television consumers. Even some 3D satellite services ended because


they were not enough people subscribing.


It is estimated that less than 120,000 homes in the UK are


watching 3D television channels at any given moment. If you wish it is


so low that the audience tracking companies cannot provide


consistently accurate figures -- the viewing numbers. That makes


advertisers are wary of running commercials, which means original


3D programming is difficult to finance. At the cinema, the


situation is not nearly as bad. Although market share for 3D movies


in America has dropped to by one percentage point per year since the


release of avatar. But some of the biggest movies like Skyfall were


never released in 3D. That in turn blunts of the appeal of building up


any kind of personal 3D Blu-ray collection. The latest launch of 3D


in the home a couple of years ago was clearly not well thought out


even at the simplest level. Much of the content was animation and


family movies aimed at children. Yet the glasses that were required


to seek that content came in only one size - adult. No wonder


families found the entire experience challenging. There were


barriers were getting even one person in the household to watch 3D.


One of the main things they could have done better is to first of all


get the last as things correct and make the glasses, with the


television. If you sell a 3D TV, you should sell the glasses. If you


cannot do that for a reasonable price, you should not be selling a


3D TV. To this day, there is confusion about the different types


of 3D glasses that work in different ways depending on your


television set. With a less than impressive sales record, you would


think the electronics companies would have given up 13 D. Not so,


apparent although with so little of Tate and so little content


available, they must be incredibly frustrated. -- so little uptake.


Not frustrated but more realistic. We are realistic that we will not


be able to change people overnight. These things take time. How long


did it take high-definition to get into every home? These things will


not be sped up. We are not going to be able to change people any faster


by talking about it any louder. recent trade shows, the three


designers are mostly gone. That does not mean 3D is a forgotten


technology. One company claims it has cracked the perennial problem


require viewers to stand dead centre in front of the screen. Now


you can stand at any angle and get a good but not perfect result.


Several other companies are working on glasses Free technology as well,


especially the process of turning to the imagery into 3D. That is


because everyone in the industry realises that creating more content


is king. It will take many more avatars and films like The Hobbit


to make 3D worthwhile. It turns out that us Britons and


not a particularly talkative bunch. According to statistics, we


referred to texting each other rather than pick up the phone and


chat. As mobile broadband speeds increase, will the odds to open the


favour of the Dio Cordon? If that is something you have always wanted


to try, we have a good suggestion to start this week's Webscape.


There are plenty of greater video conferencing applications of the


market but not many that led to connect with up to 12 friends in HD


completely free. This is impressively quick and painless to


set up, giving you the options to connect through Facebook as well as


downloads for Macintosh, PC, Android and ILS applications as


well. -- iOS. This is not a new service. There are already millions


of users. However, they have just launched a new update that allows


you to connect up to four people over mobile. As well as live chat,


there is a nice video message feature that lets you e-mail video


clips or put them on YouTube with no download or registration needed


for people to view your message. There are a growing number of


interesting ways to look for work online. This is the perfect example,


connecting people with time to spare for anyone who needs


something done. The network caught the attention of the UK press


around the time of the Olympics in London as people were trading for


things like queue at the Olympics for me and I will pay you �30.


It is quick and easy to sign up and start advertising with a small


commission on transactions completed through the website. You


can also a trade directly in cash with no fees although obviously you


have to be very careful about who you meet for this and to make sure


it is somewhere public and busy. Other common what jobs include


waiting in for a parcel delivery or putting together flat-pack


furniture. You can also sell anything from books and vegetables


to tutoring services and accountancy. The addition of an


iPhone act and other formats coming soon it means that TPS can help you


find something local if a job needs doing quickly. -- GPS.


Another way to make money with consumer technology is this free


app for iPhone that is so simple it almost hurts. Up load your shots.


They are reviewed by your Piers. They go on sale to the public in a


photographic gallery to be made into print out posters for anyone


to hang in their home. Unlike websites that list uses


photos for sale is as stop images, this allows people to make money


from selling photos. And print products, which opens the market up.


They have worked hard to build a strong community feeling a bit like


se. It is a nice way to do it but I would not get too excited about


quitting your day job. Like other apps, it also suffers from stingy


cups syndrome. This is more for hobbyists wanting to make a few


Populist losing music service Spotify has landed on Windows 8


this week, giving you access to your account on the move with


windows. -- popular streaming music service.


And a brand new Apple released this week taking inspiration from guitar


hero is designed to be played with a real guitar. As you play notes on


an acoustic or electric guitar, your computer's microphone picks up


the sound and uses it to control the game. This is free to play for


five minutes per day and you can make up to one our free play if you


get other people to sign up and so on. For unlimited play, you can pay


$9.99 per month subscription, which seems expensive for an internet


game but when you consider the cost of guitar tuition, it becomes more


Thank you. And if you have any suggestions for Webscape, sent us


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