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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2am. Now, click Chris was special. -- Christmas.
This week, Click gets festive as we bring you some tech crackers and
some turkeys. There is some Christmas magic from the robot bird
that can read your mind. 3-D printers, we will ask if they are
the future of fab or a fad. And the gripping tale of the robots you may
not trust with a knife. All that plus some seasonal web treats.
Welcome to Click. Welcome to the Click Christmas party which we're
having what we are working. The whole team is here and we will try
to keep it together. Talking of which, it is time for the first
present. I have brought to this wonderful
present and have wrapped it carefully. It is the ultimate
Christmas jumper. I got it in your favourite colour. If you open it, I
will show you how it works. There is an amazing surprise. If I put my
phone in their, there is an app you can download. I have a fireplace
jumper. That is truly wonderful. Do I have to wear that? Is a magical
time of the year and we thought we would start the programme with some
real magic. I have been here as a magician in
residence for two months and I have been exploring the relationship
between magic and technology. I.e. Introduce myself as a research
magician will stop I researched new ways of making magic. I am hoping
the audience will take away a new understanding of how magic can be
shown to audiences but also take away some interest in the amazing
technological marvels we have around us. The match is the combination of
a key projects at this media studio. The aim was to get to magicians
working side by side with technology researchers to create magic 2.0.
We're hoping to demonstrate today a telepathic headband. I could -- I
was interested in making mind reading robot birds. There is a big
chance it will not work. I want to introduce you to how the
pendulum works. I want to look at the motor response which is the
response you get when you think about something. If you hold a
pencil and think about the pencil moving, the Pentagon will move and
it won't feel like you're it. You get these micro- muscle movements
and I want to measure is exactly and see what I can tell and on with it.
This is a bird which is a hand-held device. Nothing? That is a yes! Can
you imagine that ten macro to bird is shaking her head.
Hide that endeavour to anyone in the already -- audience, we will make it
harder. Over the last few months, it stood
as being perfecting a electronic device that he calls the Idio bird.
It seems to measure the motor response and answer questions they
don't know the answer to. Like being able to find a ring by picking up
cues from the audience. Is on the side of the room?
The principles that guide magician work will always be there. The frame
we used to talk about magic, that needs to change. We don't talk about
ghosts or spiritual this any more. What I'm going to show tonight has
genuinely never been seen by anyone. It is the left -- telepathy. I'm
going to try with you, if that is okay. We are trying, genuinely, the
night is read from one brain to another brain. This is really funny,
if it was at university I would go to ethics committees. Because it is
entertaining, or we don't have to. It would not be a magic event if we
do not try a magic trick. He has prepared some headbands which
apparently allow him to control the volunteer's mind by selling left or
right instructions which steer him to the right point. Need to run your
finger forward and backwards. I am trying to send it to you now. What
did you go for? The king of spades, right? One thing written on the back
of the comment you need to do what is said on the card. It says? Go
crazy. Yes! Was this a revolution in mind reading technology or more of a
modernisation of an age-old trick? It is not really clear where the
technology ends and the magic games. Maybe, that is the idea.
Time for another present. She has a present for me. You have spent no
time wrapping that! Good. What is that? That is a Bluetooth enabled
fish detector for your smart phone. I know that you wanted it and I got
it. Please explain. You put this in the water and it will detect the
proximity of fish and tell your smart phone. It so happens the BBC
tech people took this out for a test to test fish and if you want to find
out how they got on, go to the website and find out. I will take up
fishing when I have run out of every other interests. Plenty more to come
from Click. For the person who has absolutely
everything in their life, this is the animated gif player. He is a
final present run. 3-D printing. If you believe the hype, in five
years time, you will probably be watching this on a 3-D printed
television, sitting on a truly printed so far, linking a 3-D
printed cup of tea. It is undeniable that 3-D printing has exploded, it
is not just architects, designers and other creative sort are getting
their cravats in a twist about the technology that some people even
have in their homes. For the uninitiated, three printing is the
process of creating 3-dimensional solid objects from a digital model.
Normally, if you wanted to make something out of stone, you would
start with a big block and hack away the. 3-D printing start with nothing
and adds material, layer by layer, to create the exact shape you want.
Using this process, you could create nearly anything, from space rockets
to Christmas ornaments. We have got 33-D printers to put to the test to
do exactly that. The VisiCalc original, betrays its maker
community roots. Is designed maybe not for everyone but it has a
backroom shakes to it. That's rocker chic.
It very accurately lays down melted plastic layer by layer until the
almost always object design appears before your eyes. Coming in at just
under ?1000 it is the cheapest we are looking at. The old tea maker is
already calibrated before it leaves the factory. 3-D printers are
operating of a tiny distances. Even a 10th of a millimetre in variation
could leave your print in a mess. We printed a test so men. 30 minute
later he emerged, freshly printed and ready to spread festive cheer.
The space age form one is the slickest looking. A huge success on
kickstart. It works slightly differently to other printers,
rather than printing in plastic, it uses lasers. The form one uses a
laser. Whether the laser hits, it's a into hard plastic. Do this in a
few thousand times and you have got yourself another Christmas tree
ornament. It does not require any calibration. Once you plug it in and
download software onto your computer, you are ready to print.
The software is the best we have tried. Printing the snowmen took two
hours, this time transparent. Wanted done, it is a postprocessing stage
involving rubber gloves and rubbing alcohol. While the process is slow,
it produces smoother looking models in finer detail. Coming in at ?2000,
this is the most expensive printer we tested. That likes the LT maker,
the awkwardly named, be the first is expensive. We found it a bit clunky.
-- Ultimaker. B the First was very easy to use. This is only a small
selection of 3-D printers. These are for enthusiasts. But in the near
future devices like these will become more commonplace. I have made
good use of the 3-D printers and make you your very own gear. That is
for you. That is your 3-D printed moustache. This is what happens when
you don't calibrate properly. That is also yours to keep. Marvellous.
We better move on. We are heading to New York State to meet our robot who
may be baking your turkey in the near future. -- bagging. The grocery
checkout lane is likely to be one of the first places we will see future
generations of intelligent robots. PR to his ways smarter than his
factory like cousins. These robots are clever. Robots need to act in
environments when the situation changes. Robots that think for
themselves. There is nothing science fiction about them. They won't try
to kill you. Well, only by accident. Students are teaching Baxter to use
common sense when handling a sharp instrument. Every time Baxter makes
a wrong move, his human hands recalibrates the arm. It learns to
distinguish between different objects. It will learn to move a
screwdriver differently to an air carbon because eggs are fragile.
Getting out robot to recognise everything it sees is still a
challenge. It was best with high colour contrast. While machines have
been able to grab predetermined objects for decades, they need
better sensors to interpret random items. We have 3-D cameras we can
mount on the head. But they have not been miniaturised and the put on the
end of an arm. Sonar does not work well. This robot has been in
development for two years. He is anxious to learn how to write. His
family tell me if he is a good lawyer then one day he will master
writing. Robot researchers have recently focused on anticipation. It
is something humans do every few minutes. But it involves huge
calculations for robots. Robots in this lab have achieved a 75% success
rate determining what will happen in the next three seconds of activity.
But anything longer and the success rate drops dramatically. We need to
collect our lot of date of humans performing activities. It learns
from that. For example, somebody using our cup. Will robots ever take
over the world and try to wipe out humans? Yes, probably, but not in
our lifetimes. It is more likely they would be integrated
harmoniously into specific settings. Helping people stacked supermarket
shelves for example. As they become more affordable, the rate of
research will increase. Here are robots picking up a different kind
of speed. Google has snapped up Boston dynamics, a military
contractor. Google is adding autonomous robots to its cave of
curiosities, right next to self driving cars and the worldwide web.
This one can gaze yet tough to rain. It can even survive being kicked.
Even Usain Bolt would need a head start to outrun this robot. And
finally this humanoid robot has just taken part in a challenge trial,
testing robots to help humans during disasters. This one can understand
-- handle artwork from a ?20 weight. We will give this to Mr Michael
Connelly, how hard-working cameraman. -- 20 pounds. This is a
writ for your iPhone which allows you to attach our proper
photographic lens and Flash. You can get serious about smart phone
photography. But it is as unwieldy as a full size camera. The you fancy
using this for the next show? Now we had to web scape. Here is Kate
Russell. -- head. Nearly 30% of UK adults will have two travel at least
100 miles for Christmas at their childhood home. If you are driving
home for Christmas, augmented reality sound specialist Hardgate DJ
will bring you more childish pleasures. This iPhone app gives you
a pension at new soundscape. Instantly turning your family
hatchback into a V8 musclecar, at Tank or go back to basics with just
one horsepower. -- a tank. This iPhone app lets you vent your
frustration by blowing up traffic in front of you. Just mount it on the
dashboard. You don't need to lift finger to see the traffic in front
of you destroyed. If all that talk of driving has
given youth travel like but you have no petrol, check out this mash up
which combines Google Street view to take you through a tour of the world
on your computer screen. The object is to put up in in the map where you
think the Street view image you are seeing is based. How well do you
know your geography? Some are more obvious than others. The Swiss Alps
are more recognisable than the featureless interior of Kazakhstan.
His game gets five vistas. Your score is dependent on the distance
you are out by. You can wander around before settling on a guess,
exploring the roads around you to see if they offer clues. Then share
your score or trout -- challenge others. How well do you know the
world? As we race into the festive season, if you forgot to send cards
last minute, try portable North Pole website which allows you to send a
personalised message directly from the centre. Hello, Spencer. If you
want to follow Santa 's progress, there are several ways to track him.
This centre tracker is becoming a Christmas classic, which lots of
content to explore. Sponsored by the North American Aerospace defence
command, the site has a military field, which has caused controversy.
Child advocates complained about the depiction of a military escort.
Thank you, Kate. Just one more thing before we go. We have said that 3-D
printing has been a big trend of 2013. Even if it is our little early
to change the world, for some children this year it will change
Christmas. Recently I popped down to our pop-up shop in London. For two
weeks its windows were full of 3-D printers creating plastic toys.
Passers-by were invited to donate Monday -- money by text to their
charity. In return they could choose which design was printed next.
Gimlet explain the harsh reality for Christmas of the children had
charity tries to help. Some parents have special needs and can't get it
together to put dinner together. Some parents are very depressed.
They can't even manage to put Christmas Day together. Some parents
are very high risk. They might actually harm the children. Once the
toys are printed they will be collected by a certain someone in a
red suit and taken to a Christmas party where 4000 vulnerable children
will spend Christmas Day in safety. That means that for many of them
this year for the first time ever they get to unwrap a Christmas
present. That is what it is all about. That is it for the Click
Christmas party. Thank you for watching. Merry Christmas.
After artwork and went deep night we are