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Christmas Special

In the Click Christmas Special learn the tech behind magic tricks, get a helping hand from next-gen robots, and size up the latest 3D printers.


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no indications the ceiling had been unsafe. There will be more News at

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2am. Now, click Chris was special. -- Christmas.

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This week, Click gets festive as we bring you some tech crackers and

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some turkeys. There is some Christmas magic from the robot bird

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that can read your mind. 3-D printers, we will ask if they are

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the future of fab or a fad. And the gripping tale of the robots you may

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not trust with a knife. All that plus some seasonal web treats.

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Welcome to Click. Welcome to the Click Christmas party which we're

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having what we are working. The whole team is here and we will try

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to keep it together. Talking of which, it is time for the first

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present. I have brought to this wonderful

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present and have wrapped it carefully. It is the ultimate

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Christmas jumper. I got it in your favourite colour. If you open it, I

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will show you how it works. There is an amazing surprise. If I put my

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phone in their, there is an app you can download. I have a fireplace

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jumper. That is truly wonderful. Do I have to wear that? Is a magical

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time of the year and we thought we would start the programme with some

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real magic. I have been here as a magician in

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residence for two months and I have been exploring the relationship

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between magic and technology. I.e. Introduce myself as a research

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magician will stop I researched new ways of making magic. I am hoping

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the audience will take away a new understanding of how magic can be

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shown to audiences but also take away some interest in the amazing

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technological marvels we have around us. The match is the combination of

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a key projects at this media studio. The aim was to get to magicians

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working side by side with technology researchers to create magic 2.0.

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We're hoping to demonstrate today a telepathic headband. I could -- I

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was interested in making mind reading robot birds. There is a big

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chance it will not work. I want to introduce you to how the

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pendulum works. I want to look at the motor response which is the

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response you get when you think about something. If you hold a

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pencil and think about the pencil moving, the Pentagon will move and

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it won't feel like you're it. You get these micro- muscle movements

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and I want to measure is exactly and see what I can tell and on with it.

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This is a bird which is a hand-held device. Nothing? That is a yes! Can

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you imagine that ten macro to bird is shaking her head.

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Hide that endeavour to anyone in the already -- audience, we will make it

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harder. Over the last few months, it stood

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as being perfecting a electronic device that he calls the Idio bird.

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It seems to measure the motor response and answer questions they

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don't know the answer to. Like being able to find a ring by picking up

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cues from the audience. Is on the side of the room?

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The principles that guide magician work will always be there. The frame

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we used to talk about magic, that needs to change. We don't talk about

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ghosts or spiritual this any more. What I'm going to show tonight has

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genuinely never been seen by anyone. It is the left -- telepathy. I'm

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going to try with you, if that is okay. We are trying, genuinely, the

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night is read from one brain to another brain. This is really funny,

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if it was at university I would go to ethics committees. Because it is

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entertaining, or we don't have to. It would not be a magic event if we

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do not try a magic trick. He has prepared some headbands which

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apparently allow him to control the volunteer's mind by selling left or

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right instructions which steer him to the right point. Need to run your

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finger forward and backwards. I am trying to send it to you now. What

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did you go for? The king of spades, right? One thing written on the back

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of the comment you need to do what is said on the card. It says? Go

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crazy. Yes! Was this a revolution in mind reading technology or more of a

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modernisation of an age-old trick? It is not really clear where the

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technology ends and the magic games. Maybe, that is the idea.

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Time for another present. She has a present for me. You have spent no

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time wrapping that! Good. What is that? That is a Bluetooth enabled

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fish detector for your smart phone. I know that you wanted it and I got

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it. Please explain. You put this in the water and it will detect the

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proximity of fish and tell your smart phone. It so happens the BBC

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tech people took this out for a test to test fish and if you want to find

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out how they got on, go to the website and find out. I will take up

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fishing when I have run out of every other interests. Plenty more to come

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from Click. For the person who has absolutely

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everything in their life, this is the animated gif player. He is a

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final present run. 3-D printing. If you believe the hype, in five

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years time, you will probably be watching this on a 3-D printed

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television, sitting on a truly printed so far, linking a 3-D

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printed cup of tea. It is undeniable that 3-D printing has exploded, it

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is not just architects, designers and other creative sort are getting

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their cravats in a twist about the technology that some people even

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have in their homes. For the uninitiated, three printing is the

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process of creating 3-dimensional solid objects from a digital model.

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Normally, if you wanted to make something out of stone, you would

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start with a big block and hack away the. 3-D printing start with nothing

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and adds material, layer by layer, to create the exact shape you want.

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Using this process, you could create nearly anything, from space rockets

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to Christmas ornaments. We have got 33-D printers to put to the test to

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do exactly that. The VisiCalc original, betrays its maker

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community roots. Is designed maybe not for everyone but it has a

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backroom shakes to it. That's rocker chic.

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It very accurately lays down melted plastic layer by layer until the

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almost always object design appears before your eyes. Coming in at just

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under ?1000 it is the cheapest we are looking at. The old tea maker is

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already calibrated before it leaves the factory. 3-D printers are

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operating of a tiny distances. Even a 10th of a millimetre in variation

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could leave your print in a mess. We printed a test so men. 30 minute

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later he emerged, freshly printed and ready to spread festive cheer.

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The space age form one is the slickest looking. A huge success on

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kickstart. It works slightly differently to other printers,

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rather than printing in plastic, it uses lasers. The form one uses a

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laser. Whether the laser hits, it's a into hard plastic. Do this in a

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few thousand times and you have got yourself another Christmas tree

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ornament. It does not require any calibration. Once you plug it in and

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download software onto your computer, you are ready to print.

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The software is the best we have tried. Printing the snowmen took two

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hours, this time transparent. Wanted done, it is a postprocessing stage

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involving rubber gloves and rubbing alcohol. While the process is slow,

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it produces smoother looking models in finer detail. Coming in at ?2000,

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this is the most expensive printer we tested. That likes the LT maker,

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the awkwardly named, be the first is expensive. We found it a bit clunky.

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-- Ultimaker. B the First was very easy to use. This is only a small

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selection of 3-D printers. These are for enthusiasts. But in the near

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future devices like these will become more commonplace. I have made

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good use of the 3-D printers and make you your very own gear. That is

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for you. That is your 3-D printed moustache. This is what happens when

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you don't calibrate properly. That is also yours to keep. Marvellous.

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We better move on. We are heading to New York State to meet our robot who

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may be baking your turkey in the near future. -- bagging. The grocery

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checkout lane is likely to be one of the first places we will see future

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generations of intelligent robots. PR to his ways smarter than his

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factory like cousins. These robots are clever. Robots need to act in

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environments when the situation changes. Robots that think for

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themselves. There is nothing science fiction about them. They won't try

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to kill you. Well, only by accident. Students are teaching Baxter to use

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common sense when handling a sharp instrument. Every time Baxter makes

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a wrong move, his human hands recalibrates the arm. It learns to

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distinguish between different objects. It will learn to move a

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screwdriver differently to an air carbon because eggs are fragile.

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Getting out robot to recognise everything it sees is still a

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challenge. It was best with high colour contrast. While machines have

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been able to grab predetermined objects for decades, they need

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better sensors to interpret random items. We have 3-D cameras we can

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mount on the head. But they have not been miniaturised and the put on the

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end of an arm. Sonar does not work well. This robot has been in

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development for two years. He is anxious to learn how to write. His

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family tell me if he is a good lawyer then one day he will master

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writing. Robot researchers have recently focused on anticipation. It

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is something humans do every few minutes. But it involves huge

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calculations for robots. Robots in this lab have achieved a 75% success

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rate determining what will happen in the next three seconds of activity.

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But anything longer and the success rate drops dramatically. We need to

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collect our lot of date of humans performing activities. It learns

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from that. For example, somebody using our cup. Will robots ever take

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over the world and try to wipe out humans? Yes, probably, but not in

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our lifetimes. It is more likely they would be integrated

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harmoniously into specific settings. Helping people stacked supermarket

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shelves for example. As they become more affordable, the rate of

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research will increase. Here are robots picking up a different kind

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of speed. Google has snapped up Boston dynamics, a military

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contractor. Google is adding autonomous robots to its cave of

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curiosities, right next to self driving cars and the worldwide web.

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This one can gaze yet tough to rain. It can even survive being kicked.

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Even Usain Bolt would need a head start to outrun this robot. And

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finally this humanoid robot has just taken part in a challenge trial,

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testing robots to help humans during disasters. This one can understand

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-- handle artwork from a ?20 weight. We will give this to Mr Michael

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Connelly, how hard-working cameraman. -- 20 pounds. This is a

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writ for your iPhone which allows you to attach our proper

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photographic lens and Flash. You can get serious about smart phone

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photography. But it is as unwieldy as a full size camera. The you fancy

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using this for the next show? Now we had to web scape. Here is Kate

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Russell. -- head. Nearly 30% of UK adults will have two travel at least

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100 miles for Christmas at their childhood home. If you are driving

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home for Christmas, augmented reality sound specialist Hardgate DJ

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will bring you more childish pleasures. This iPhone app gives you

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a pension at new soundscape. Instantly turning your family

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hatchback into a V8 musclecar, at Tank or go back to basics with just

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one horsepower. -- a tank. This iPhone app lets you vent your

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frustration by blowing up traffic in front of you. Just mount it on the

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dashboard. You don't need to lift finger to see the traffic in front

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of you destroyed. If all that talk of driving has

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given youth travel like but you have no petrol, check out this mash up

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which combines Google Street view to take you through a tour of the world

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on your computer screen. The object is to put up in in the map where you

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think the Street view image you are seeing is based. How well do you

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know your geography? Some are more obvious than others. The Swiss Alps

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are more recognisable than the featureless interior of Kazakhstan.

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His game gets five vistas. Your score is dependent on the distance

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you are out by. You can wander around before settling on a guess,

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exploring the roads around you to see if they offer clues. Then share

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your score or trout -- challenge others. How well do you know the

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world? As we race into the festive season, if you forgot to send cards

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last minute, try portable North Pole website which allows you to send a

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personalised message directly from the centre. Hello, Spencer. If you

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want to follow Santa 's progress, there are several ways to track him.

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This centre tracker is becoming a Christmas classic, which lots of

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content to explore. Sponsored by the North American Aerospace defence

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command, the site has a military field, which has caused controversy.

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Child advocates complained about the depiction of a military escort.

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Thank you, Kate. Just one more thing before we go. We have said that 3-D

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printing has been a big trend of 2013. Even if it is our little early

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to change the world, for some children this year it will change

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Christmas. Recently I popped down to our pop-up shop in London. For two

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weeks its windows were full of 3-D printers creating plastic toys.

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Passers-by were invited to donate Monday -- money by text to their

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charity. In return they could choose which design was printed next.

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Gimlet explain the harsh reality for Christmas of the children had

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charity tries to help. Some parents have special needs and can't get it

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together to put dinner together. Some parents are very depressed.

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They can't even manage to put Christmas Day together. Some parents

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are very high risk. They might actually harm the children. Once the

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toys are printed they will be collected by a certain someone in a

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red suit and taken to a Christmas party where 4000 vulnerable children

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will spend Christmas Day in safety. That means that for many of them

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this year for the first time ever they get to unwrap a Christmas

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present. That is what it is all about. That is it for the Click

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Christmas party. Thank you for watching. Merry Christmas.

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