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14/12/2013

Click looks at some of the tech aiming to keep cyclists safe, browses the world of smartphone accessories and uncovers some cool new sites in Webscape.


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funeral on Sunday. Stay with us on BBC News. The next

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programme is Click. Is this the sound... That could save

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your life? This week on Click, from lasers to

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airbags, we check out the most improved road safety for those on

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two wheels. Could these designs be the must have fashion item of 2014?

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We will try on some wearable gadgets. The strangest way to make

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your smart phone louder that I have ever seen. All that was the latest

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tech news and we will find out what happens when reality gets augmented

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in Webscape. Welcome to Click. What comes to mind

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when you think of London? Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, those

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guys in the crazy costumes at the Tower of London, and of course, the

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traffic. It is not all buses, cars and lorries. More and more Londoners

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are cycling around the B stays. The problem is, although it is

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technically the healthy option, it is not the safest.

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London has experienced a real surge in popularity in cycling, the number

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of journeys has doubled since the year 2000. But this brings its own

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dangers. Recently, six cyclists were killed in the space of two weeks

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among the roads. It brought the total number of cycle related deaths

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to 14. Nine of them involved a heavy goods vehicle. Several of those

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accidents happened when the vehicle was turning left, the site furthest

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away from the driver. The problem is, as the front of a long vehicle

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starts to turn left around the corner like this, the rest of the

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body of the vehicle gets closer and closer to the curb. If there happens

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to be a cyclist, even if they stop, there is nothing they can do if the

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large vehicle starts to cut across a corner. However, we have been

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looking at Suntec that may just make the drivers blind spot a thing of

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the past. So many people all eager to reach

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their various destinations as quickly as possible. As a cyclist,

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you can feel vulnerable. It is easy for me to see a bus but not so easy

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for them to Sydney, and can appear on expert legal is a bad is where

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the Cycle Eye comes in, created by Fusion Processing, it could hold the

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key to making our roads safer. The drivers are often overloaded with

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information. They can either Mr cyclist, either because they cannot

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see them, because they are in the blind spot, or simply because there

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is much or is going on that day attention is drawn elsewhere. The

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cyclist may be coming up alongside them very rapidly and they have not

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had time to notice. This prototype device uses a camera and date depth

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sensing radar to detect exactly where objects are next to the bus.

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That is the easy part. The really clever thing is figuring out whether

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or not that indiscriminate blob is a pedestrian, a car, all in deed, a

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cyclist. Using artificial intelligence and image processing,

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Cycle Eye detects incoming bikes and immediately alert the driver to a

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cyclist they may not have had the chance to see. Cyclist left. It can

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also work at night time and in bad weather. Transport for London

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recently commissioned a trial including this device. Three days of

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testing, even through rush-hour conditions, proved it to be 98.5%

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accurate. It only takes a few both meant in the drivers seat to

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understand how much there is to keep your eyes on. -- a few moments.

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Their role passengers to let on and off the bus, and of course you are

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driving down a road, so I can certainly see the benefits in audio

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alert to allow you to know that a cyclist is about to pass. Driver

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response has been positive. They are very pleased that it does not give

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false alerts, such as a big problem with previous attempts. We want to

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see this on all buses, all trucks, because we believe that it will save

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lives and reduce injury. While there is no replacement for a responsible

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driving and cycling, this kind of technology used on buses and even

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HGVs could go some way to providing safer streets aboard those on two

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wheels. There are several ways that cyclist

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to make themselves more visible to motorists, such as bright coloured

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clothing, and how about this one? A laser project on your handlebars.

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It is called Blaze, a prototype device that projects the image of a

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bike onto the road ahead, something which the makers hope will alert

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drivers onto the oncoming cyclist and prevent them from turning across

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their path. Because it has been tested and certified as a type of

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laser you should not look directly act, it has an inbuilt safety device

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to stop it working. It does not come cheap. It is 125 pounds. He can do

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nothing to help you if you are actually involved in an accident.

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That is where your cycle helmet comes in. Although in the future,

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you may not notice it is there, until it is needed. This is

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Hovding, the so-called invisible cycle helmet. It is actually an

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airbag for cyclists. It is the result of several years spent

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studying the different types of head injury suffered. It has been

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designed in response to current accident statistics, protecting the

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entire head while leaving the field of vision opened. It is the

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brainchild of Anna Haupt, and to raise Al sting. -- to raise Austen.

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Why did you invent this helmet? It took 20% of our adult cyclist to use

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hedge protection when they are cycling. It is obviously an airbag.

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What if it is not as safe as a normal helmet? It has shock

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absorbers that is more than three times better. The protection for

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your brain and for your skull is superior. It has to inflate before

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your head hit something. How fast does it inflated and you have any

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evidence that something can happen faster than that? It inflate in a

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tent of a second, which is very quick. We have reenacted all known

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bicycle accidents with our product in corporation with the experts and

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cycle accidents and goal injuries. In order to optimise the trigger

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function in the product and make it inflate when it is supposed to, and

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not inflate when it is not supposed to. There is something that we call

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direct hit to the head. If you should go directly with your head

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into a beam, or where there is no movement within your body, before

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IMPAC, that is the kind of accident that it would not be able to be

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protected. But it is extremely rare. Certainly one of the trends at the

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moment is wearable technology. Microelectronics are getting so

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Michael -- Micro that it is possible to sow them into fabric or smeared

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onto a contact lens. This is the familiar face of

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wearable computing, Google Glass. His enthusiasm is infectious. This

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is brilliant. He has warned wearable computers since 1993 and says he

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never misses a bit. To be able to get an SMS in and respond that

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quickly, my students like the fact that I can. He was guest of honour

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at the International Symposium on Wearable Technologies at the Swiss

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Federal Institute of Technology. The institute itself is researching

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smart fabric made up of flexible transistors. This armband measures

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the heartbeat and blood oxygen levels, so that doctors can remotely

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monitor patients and get a heads up if any change happens. One step is

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this incredibly flexible membrane, which is also coated with thin film

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transistors and five of a human hair. It is a new take on boldly.

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Often smacked hope that it could remotely monitor crops or even

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redeployed on a contact lens, and be implanted inside the body. They can

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adapt to the shape. They also get to the movement of the human body.

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Smart fabrics are also making stylish inroads into fashion. We all

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know that technology has gotten clever, but it has gotten much

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smaller and more elegant. It is so small that it can be discreetly

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integrated into fashion, such as this. No, I am not going to put the

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dress on. They have eliminated designs on their surface, so that

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you can control it with your smart phone. The therapeutic pubs are for

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smoke --/ victims to mirror their working hand to regain movement that

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they have lost in the other. They mapped the movements to the affected

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hand, so it gives visual feedback through these LEDs, and haptic

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feedback through vibrating motors. Wearable technology can also monitor

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our body's movements where we are in a crowd, when we scurry off for

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lunch. Apparently we walk on the same site as we drive. The lab has

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been taking a Birds Eye of crowd behaviour. Everybody who is moving

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south is coloured in red, everybody who is moving west is coloured in

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blue. Researchers analyse signals to create dynamic maps of visitors to

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the annual festival in Zurich. Streams of humans crossed each

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other. Turbulence can be dangerous because it is unpredictable and can

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lead to a crush. But safety experts can anticipate these crushes to

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prevent them. It will be far safer. What if I can predict within five

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minutes, maybe, where a crush will be. That will have some interesting

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information. What we saw when we observed the cameras and the density

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maps, that two minutes, a lot of stuff can happen. Wearable computing

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does throw up some issues. Are we controlling the tech or is it

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controlling us? In a competitive world where everyone is getting a

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performance edge, we will all have to use this. The question for the

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next decade, will we have a choice overall where we end and the machine

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begins? It is not just us humans who are in

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love with extremely portable technology. There was the case last

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week of an Australian Eagle which took a liking to a camera and flew

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off with it. Wildlife rangers set of the camera to film crocodiles, but

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the Eagle picked it up, took it for a trip, and then abandoned it, but

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not before taking what could be the world's first heard a selfie.

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Next up, time to take a look at the other tech stories.

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Microsoft is warning owners of this new Xbox One of an internet prank

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that could rule on their consoles. The fake advert on the 4Chan website

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claimed a hack could enable the console to play games made for its

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predecessor, the Xbox 360. Microsoft said the new device will not play

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older games. It uses followed the bogus instructions, you could stop

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their consoles working. Intelligence agencies are reported

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to have in full trade online games played by millions of people. They

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have been trying to identify terrorist threats. The revelations

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by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden shows documents that agents

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infiltrated games such as world double craft.

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Spot a fight is to join a growing number of music apps in offering a

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device to mobile users. They will be able to build playlists, that will

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only be able to build them -- play them in random order. It is also

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dropping its ten hours a month usage count.

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Google has announced new tools to create 360 degrees tours of a

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location using an Android smart phone. Earlier this year, they

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dispatched teams too hard to reach locations with backpack mounted

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cameras. Now go public can get similar results by capturing several

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photosphere is on their Android phones and then uploading them to

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Time for Christmas present ideas. If someone in your life is always

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boasting that their smartphone can do anything, they're clearly haven't

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seen this. Peripheral manufacturers see smartphones as a blank canvas on

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which to plant their own vision of mobile phone perfection by creating

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devices that plug into a bolt onto them in order to improve a feature.

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A dedicated hand-held games machine like Nintendo 's three DS or the

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PlayStation beat is always going to trump a smart phone as far as games

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are concerned, mainly because of buttons and pads and analog sticks.

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These are more responsive and accurate than matching your fingers

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against the touchscreen. -- mashing. That's where this comes in.

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Plugger phone into the shell and it adds buttons and shoulder bumpers.

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It also acts as an additional battery, extending the phone 's

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power reserves. However not every iPhone game will work on it. At the

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moment about 45 games are compatible, but that list is set to

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grow. When you do find a compatible game it does a pretty good job of

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transforming a telephone into a hand-held games machine. This

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controls are responsive and feels like your playing a game iPhone.

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Smartphones can also play music and there are many docks and speakers

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which phones can plug into. The HTC one has these speakers mounted on

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the front. Combined those with this 3-D printed contraption called a

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gramahorn. It's basically like old-fashioned gramophone speaker.

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Old School technology with a cutting-edge 3-D printed twist. And

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a pricetag of ?999. They are not cheap. However, if the 3-D printed

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versions aren't cutting it for you they are available in steel for the

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princely sum of ?4999. Ouch. At this time of year it's not uncommon for

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to overindulge. But while eating too much simpler leads to an expanded

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waistline, 22 much alcohol can have more immediately dangerous effects,

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especially for anybody considering getting behind the wheel of a car.

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Well, android and IOS smartphone users who are not sure if that had

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won too many can this device into their phone. Download the app that

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goes with it, plug this box into the phone by the headphone jack and blow

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into it. In a few seconds, the box analyses the user is priced to

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measure their blood alcohol level and an on-screen readout. It can

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also keep track of users blood alcohol over the course of the night

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and monitor is it's going up or down. And if the alcohol level was

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too high, it is user will definitely need to get a cab or sober

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designated driver. Next week mark will be looking at

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Christmas present options for the three printer fan in your family. --

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3-D. As well as that, another trend we expect to see more than 2014 is

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augmented reality. That's when your view of the physical world is

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enhanced by computer generated content of some kind, such as

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graphics or sound. This year, the amount invested and

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augmented reality out will be the same as it would cost to make 5000

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of the original angry bird games. And what better used to put this

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cutting-edge tech than entertaining children? Colour outturns for

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colouring book on its head with a collection of printable drawings

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that can be coloured in and when viewed through the app they will

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spring into life. I love that the augmented reality scene in use as

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the actual colouring in job that you did on the paper. It's incredibly

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clever. It really makes you feel connected to the animation.

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Colouring in as carefully crazily as you like, and then watching your

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creation life. Another great range of augmented reality toys comes from

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this company. They have impressive collection. What's especially nice,

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given the target demographic, is that they are all open-ended,

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non-competitive and non-violent. The apps are not free but once purchased

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there are no nasty in app surprises. I favourite is helicopter taxi. What

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little kid won't love flying a helicopter around the home, making

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zooming engine noises along with the apps. I love a good presentation and

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there is really no excuse to bore your audience to death with a plain

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death of slides. This website lets you spice up your visit all is using

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a range of premade templates -- visuals. You can insert video and

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images and change the elements as you go. Once finished, you can play

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the presentation from your account page or downloaded as a stand-alone

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file that will run on any computer as an HTML file. Do forget to make a

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private if you don't like their default public setting. The platform

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supports all languages and right now is free and in beta. There are hints

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of an annual subscription fee once they are fully open. You can also

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invite others to collaborate on a presentation from your dashboard.

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This company has now launched an online app allowing low-cost calls

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to mobiles and landlines. Costs will vary, but they claim there will be

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significantly lower cost than the competition. The role that the

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Philippines last month to aid relief work in the aftermath of the

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devastating typhoon. It is now available through Android, ILS and

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desktop apps. There are over 1 billion profiles now featured on

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Facebook. That's an insane number of faces. This applet in the wall on a

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single webpage for you to explore. It's a fuzzy mass of coloured pixels

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when you load it up, but one click and you zoom straight into a page of

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thumbnails from some of the 1.2 billion profiles which is now in the

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system. And you can go all the way back to where it all started,

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patients zero. Mr Zarco berg. Back before he was a multibillionaire. --

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Zuckerberg. The faces are delivered in chronological order and no

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private information is stored, so it's just a pastiche of personality

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stretching back for Facebook 's timeline. If you want to find out

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where you enjoy friends appear on the timeline, just sign in with your

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Facebook account. If you can find my profile photo

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amongst all those pictures, you really need to get out more. All

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those linked on our website if you mist them. Please drop us an

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e-mail. The weather is about to get very

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windy in many areas during the course of Saturday. Wet, too. It's

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not going to be too bad very early in the morning on Saturday,

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especially across

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