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30/11/2013

Click looks at how we might interact with our computers in the future. And a car that makes music based on your driving. Plus tech news and Webscape.


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hubbub of a modern city. Now, time for a look at how we might

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interact with our computers in the future. It is time for Click.

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This week, the machines that read our thoughts and our faces. We'll

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find out how we might be interacting with our computers in the future. We

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find out how virtual owlet it can help it to scrim and eight. ``

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virtual reality. And, we will help you create your own personal museum

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in Web scape. The way we communicate with our

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devices has changed radically in the past decade. No need to type complex

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commands into your keyboard any more, even the mouse is coming and

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endangered species. These days, we touch our smart phones, way that our

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consoles, swipe out tablets. With an even talk to them. Yes, machines are

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getting a whole lot smarter at interacting with us on our terms.

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Welcome to Click, I'm Spencer Kelly. And welcome to the human interaction

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lab at Bristol University, where researchers are already working on

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what comes next. It is a computer display that floats in the air. One

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of several projects we have seen around the world to project images

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onto a curtain of mist, turning it into a hovering screen. It is touch

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sensitive, too. They sought. A motion detector tracks your fingers

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and allows you to drag things around and even rotate them. The suggestion

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here is that several people each have their own personal Miss screen,

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and work collaboratively, dragging objects to and from a central is

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flat display. There is a lot of research into human computer

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interaction, making waves around the world. This woman has been in

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research of some of it, and she started in the bathroom.

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Traditionally, water and technology don't mix, which is why don't take

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my iPAQ to the bar. But these researchers have come up with the

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way to interact in the bath with technology, without worrying about

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getting it wet. I will show you. This is called the Aquatop display.

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It proves there is more to human interaction and just talk and touch.

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There is quite a bit of kit than it that fanfare of lights, sound and

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splashing. First, a projector assigns an image onto the water's

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surface. Right now, Clearwater doesn't work as well as this opaque

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solution. Next, a Microsoft connect camera detects what shape by making

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with my hands. Finally, a computer takes the data and uses it to

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control the game. Those are waterproof speakers. The plan is to

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bring this to market in the next few years. Certainly, it would make

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part`time even more fun than it is already. TRANSLATION: I think this

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is one of the characteristics of Japanese people. There is a strong

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Japanese bathing culture where we enjoyed bathing for a long time in a

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deep bath. By using this aqua club display at the same time of

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bathing, we hope people abroad will find out how in bathing in a tub can

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be. There is certainly something pleasing about interacting with

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virtual things in the physical world. Even in this, the first

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version of the display, I love the feeling of picking up my pictures

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and dropping them back into the water. Playing with this interface

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left me wanting more from the rest of my tech. Happily, I'm not alone.

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There is a whole branch of research dedicated to how we interact with

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machines, called human computer interaction. Here is one example of

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research in this area. The inform machine from MIT's tangible media

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labs. It consists of 900 moving blocks, and the engineering to

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control them. How they move depends on what is happening in front of

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this camera. The machine translates those hands waving onto the matrix

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of blocks, allowing this ball to be moved potentially from anywhere in

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the world. Things can be moved by anything. Obviously the prototype

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isn't quite portable yet, they are working on it. These mobile devices

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will become shape changing user interfaces. So as opposed to just

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the pictures on the screen is changing, the physical form could

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change again. We built this system here to prototype some of those

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interactions with cheap changing user interfaces. Those interfaces

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might be a while off, but if you are first to predict how human

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interaction might evolve, there is clearly going to be money in it, and

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there is no shortage of companies taking an interest. Like Fujitsu.

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Its prototype project images onto real`world items like maps and

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brochures. And, Sharp are experimenting with the concept of

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home appliances appearing to be pleased to see us. Imagine that

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washing machine over their ecstatic at the mere thought of being filled

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with dirty laundry! Alright, while this might be a little too intimate

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for some, the happy appliance concept indicates one possible

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direction. A more emotional take on user interfaces. Take this software,

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which has been around for a while. It recognises facial expressions. As

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the user interface, it could connect to the heating system and turn up at

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average when are sad. The thing is, why stop there? Facial expressions

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are, to an extent, under the conscious control of the user, so it

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is not much of a leap for machines to read and analyse unconscious

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signals like brainwaves. In fact, it this Japanese company made these

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wearable cat is that do exactly that. The ears perk up when certain

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brainwave patterns are detected. Their new concept device aims to

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give our brain control of a video recorder, without your pesky

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conscious thoughts getting in the way. Reach a certain level of

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excitement, and bang, your device will automatically remember it for

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you. The potential for human /computer interaction is huge enough

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to be funded by big companies and academic research, but seemingly now

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the technical details, there is one more thing to deal with. Any

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progress depends on just how much we are prepared to merge with the

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machine. LJ Rich with some amazing

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technology. We will have more from the lab here a bit later, but first

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up, a look at this weeks tech news. Potty mouthed XBox One users who

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post video clips to its upload studio that includes wearing, are

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finding that Xbox live accounts have been suspended, or their access to

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some features has been restricted by Microsoft. The tech giant has made

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it the move in an attempt to maintain a clean, safe and fun

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environment or all users. If the bad news that there is no swearing in

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games? A study carried out by the American psychological Association

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has claimed that playing computer games has many positive effects on

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children, and in some cases the more violent the game, the more

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beneficial the effect. The report also stated that certain types of

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game can help people learn problem`solving skills and

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creativity. The UN human rights committee has unanimously voted to

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protect the human right opera does it against unlawful surveillance. ``

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privacy. It was sponsored by Brazil and Germany, both countries that

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have had their leaders spied on. And, if you have ever been kept

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awake at night wondering what the US President would look like an

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animated form, then your dream day has finally arrived. President Obama

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was on a tour of the DreamWorks animation studio in California, when

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he was confronted by an alien who had a very familiar voice. Not a bad

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performance, but I don't think he will be troubling the Academy Awards

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just yet. We often talk about gadgets that can

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change the way we go about our lives. How many of them can actually

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change the way that we in? A recent study into innate or ingrained

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racism in white people has found that spending just ten minutes in a

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particular virtual world can actually change the way that a view

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people with different coloured skin. Can virtual reality really cure

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racism? We have been to Barcelona to find out.

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What do you see when you look at these faces? We might not want to

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hear it, but in this multicultural world, scientists say many of us

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continue to have an inbuilt racial bias. They call it implicit racism.

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It may be unconscious, but it skews our judgements and decisions all the

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time. The result could be that discrimination, it could sometimes

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be worse. Now, a team at the University of Barcelona are

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exploring how technology could help people overcome this implicit

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racism. Participants were put into a simple virtual world, where their

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body movements were tracked using a capture suit. But the body they had

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in this world had dark skin. This virtual world may look simple, but

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scientists say it has a massive impact when you are in it, and I

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want to experience it myself. I'm not an ideal participant in this,

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because I knew what it was all about, so at the start I very much

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noticed that most skin was dark. Now, the longer I have been in this

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environment, it doesn't come into it any more. I look at myself, and now

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it feels more like me. It doesn't matter what colour my skin is. When

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we embodied light`skinned people in a dark skinned body, there implicit

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racial bias decreased. The type of body you have seems to influence how

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you behave, what your thoughts are, and so on. It may be used to

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actually help people to have these implicit bias is, to recognise they

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have these, and also to reduce them. It can also be used for various

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kinds of rehabilitation, to give people experience is, in package

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experience is that they can never have. The virtual world scientists

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are now building are becoming more responsive and realistic. It is also

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getting cheaper to do. The team here use a Unity 3`D game system,

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combined with a much hyped oculus script headmounted display. This is

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certainly causing a stir in the technical world. I think the most

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likely way is that it is embedded in games. While its use outside the lab

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may be some way off, scientists are finding interesting ways to use this

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technology to explore and modify behaviour. In one experiment,

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football fans were put into a pub where Fite was starting. They found

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that supporters were more likely to break it up if someone who supported

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their own team was involved. Calmed down! What's going on here?

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Scientists say there is still a long way to go, but what is clear is that

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virtual reality provides a stepping stone towards better ever be with

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others in the real world. Melissa looking at the technology that is

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hoping to make us more understanding. Meanwhile, it is time

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for a game of virtual bat and ball. The weird thing is, a connection if

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you're the ball. The problem with controlling our devices using

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gestures is that your fingers don't actually connect with anything.

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That's unless you use this device. It uses ultrasound to make points in

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space vibrate. If your finger is there you will feel a weird buzzing

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sensation. It doesn't feel like there is anything solid, but when I

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pinched the right spot in the hour, it feels like someone is lowering

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the tips of my fingers with a straw. The team behind this hopes to do

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more than just create a buzz. In the future you will be able to feel

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different temperatures and textures. There is an established grammar for

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using interfaces, pinching and zooming and scrolling. We would like

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to create a similar vocabulary for the way people feel their devices.

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For example, something is wet, something is dangerous. The idea I

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could feel this and it will Tommy some information. I could feel what

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was happening in a tennis game, or understand how the Grand Prix or

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feel the spin on the ball. Or the grip or friction on the road. That

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would be fantastic. Lingy Professor Mike Fraser. There is something we

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all interact with on a daily basis. We take a car for a spin that wants

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to sing you a song. Imagine your car as a musical instrument with music

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like this. Created by your journey. That's what this experience does. It

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composes music based on my driving, so speed, steering, and where I am

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makes a difference to the sound they get. A series of assets have been

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created by an electric music band. It uses data that is taken from the

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engine management system to mix these together. Your speed, revs and

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other information all play their part in conducting the orchestra.

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The idea is that the music actually flows like music. The purpose is to

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re`examine our relationship with the road. Everyone has driving

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experiences. We wanted to emulate that moment. The music keeps making

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the jump. Combination does not feel very good. The app is not available

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for consumer release, but the technology is being considered as

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something that could appeal to car manufacturers in the future. If

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you're worried about it encouraging you to put your foot on the gas, it

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isn't as simple as the faster you drive, the faster the music gets. In

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the development process, we looked at a number of changes in the music.

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Some subtle, some less subtle. Subtle changes were there to

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maintain the integrity of the music. I'm not finding it quite as relaxing

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as I expected it to be. It's fun, but the music is not varying that

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much. That was when I was driving. When the professional took me for a

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spin, the experience was pretty different. Aside from the adrenaline

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rush, the musical was more intense. I'm not sure it will join my dodgy

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music collection any time soon. I can confirm that her music

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collection is just Robbie Williams. And songs that are more than four

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decades old. Talking of questionable artistic taste, Kate Russell has an

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interesting site that allows you to correct your favourite gallery and

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museum pieces from around the world. I am not suggesting you should go

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around throwing ancient relics out, but if you want to pick and choose

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which cultural treasures to keep. The Google art project has just the

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tool for you. Search by keyword, collections artist or explore

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galleries curated by other users, or create your own collection. New

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digital exhibits are being launched all the time, but this week's

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release of a series celebrating Spain's influence in the USA over

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the past half millennia. Scroll through beautiful images and

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full`screen glory and when you see something you like, you can click

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straight through to the museum or gallery page for you can browse

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through the rest of the exhibits listed. If you are lucky enough to

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be planning a trip, it links to a map so you can see where the host

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museum or gallery is for each piece. It links to the official websites

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for more information and details of what else they have on show. People

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run for all sorts of reasons. To keep fit, compete, so they can eat

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cake. Even walking is great exercise. Design and inspiring brute

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with the help of this website. With you are looking for a gentle 2`mile

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stroll Ray hardcore half marathon in job, put in your desired distance

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and browse dozens of options near where you are. And there are nearly

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2 million routes listed across the globe contributed by users. As well

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as the Web tour, you could download the iPhone application which uses

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GPS to guide and track you on a route. It is not free but definitely

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a very useful downloads if you like to go walking or running new travel

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new. One select it, you can use the GPS to follow the map, making sure

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you do not get lost. There are training plans a few are preparing

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for a race or want to shoot for a fitness goal, they have also

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recently added. Bendi routes for those who like to run with a Hurree

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companion. `` very companion. While you are out and about, why not make

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yourself useful by downloading the project no application on my recent

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Android. This ambitious initiative wants to harness the power of the

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crowd to explore and document wildlife in its natural habitat

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right across the globe. The project is backed by National Geographic,

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using the latest technology to encourage a new generation of nature

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lovers to go out and explore the world around them, in the process

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the information they collect and be back to the website will play a

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really important part in helping conservationists protect global

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biodiversity. This Sunday as Advent Sunday. The official start of the

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countdown to Christmas. You do not need to celebrate the holiday to

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take advantage of Advent 2013, 25 Christmas applications. Download on

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your iPhone or android handset to get a top`notch family friendly

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application free every day until the 25th of December. And for the

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scientist in your life, from the 1st of December, the Royal institution

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is running an Advent colander on its website that picks up the theme of

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this you's Christmas lecture, life fantastic. It reveals a new video

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each day about the chromosomes in our cells and how they make up who

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we are. Kate Russell, if you ask nicely, she will give you the

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genetic sequence for Christmas pudding. All of her links are

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available at our website if you miss them. That's it from the laboratory.

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I am off to invent something dangerous. Thank you for watching

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and see you next time. December is here. And winter, three

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months which for statistical purposes make up meteorological

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winter. A quiet start, things will be different by the end of this

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week. A quiet start to December and winter because of high pressure

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around. Plenty of cloud filtering south over the United Kingdom. If

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you enjoyed some sunshine on Saturday, you will not have it but

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despite the cloud, it will be mainly dry. For early risers, some drizzly

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outbreaks towards western coasts and hills. A few brighter breaks when

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the sun is up in eastern Scotland and north`east England.

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