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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
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The team try DIY computing - how easy is it to build something useful? Plus, have we fallen out of love with 3DTV? Includes technology news and web reviews.