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


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


your life? This week on Click, from lasers to


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


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


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


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


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


in Webscape. Welcome to Click. What comes to mind


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


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


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


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


technically the healthy option, it is not the safest.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the past. So many people all eager to reach


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


cyclist. Using artificial intelligence and image processing,


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


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


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


recently commissioned a trial including this device. Three days of


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


wheels. There are several ways that cyclist


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


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


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


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


drivers onto the oncoming cyclist and prevent them from turning across


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


designed in response to current accident statistics, protecting the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


bicycle accidents with our product in corporation with the experts and


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


moment is wearable technology. Microelectronics are getting so


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


onto a contact lens. This is the familiar face of


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


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


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


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


at the International Symposium on Wearable Technologies at the Swiss


Federal Institute of Technology. The institute itself is researching


smart fabric made up of flexible transistors. This armband measures


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


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


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


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


Often smacked hope that it could remotely monitor crops or even


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


feedback through vibrating motors. Wearable technology can also monitor


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


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


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


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


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


the annual festival in Zurich. Streams of humans crossed each


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


begins? It is not just us humans who are in


love with extremely portable technology. There was the case last


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


their consoles working. Intelligence agencies are reported


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


have been trying to identify terrorist threats. The revelations


by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden shows documents that agents


infiltrated games such as world double craft.


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


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


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


dropping its ten hours a month usage count.


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


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


dispatched teams too hard to reach locations with backpack mounted


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


photosphere is on their Android phones and then uploading them to


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


These are more responsive and accurate than matching your fingers


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


designated driver. Next week mark will be looking at


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


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


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


enhanced by computer generated content of some kind, such as


graphics or sound. This year, the amount invested and


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


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


cutting-edge tech than entertaining children? Colour outturns for


colouring book on its head with a collection of printable drawings


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


invite others to collaborate on a presentation from your dashboard.


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


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


significantly lower cost than the competition. The role that the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Zuckerberg. The faces are delivered in chronological order and no


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


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


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


Facebook account. If you can find my profile photo


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


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


e-mail. The weather is about to get very


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


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


especially across


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