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test. Time for Click.


Hello? Yes, I'm on my way into the office. Traffic is an absolute


nightmare. I think it will be a couple of hours. It is just terrible


out here. Goodbye. This week, we are raiding the


wardrobe and crying on the wearable tech that could kill downtime and


make you a better worker. `` trying on. We will stick on the Formula One


sensors that are now helping us win the race for a healthier life. And


reviews and recommendations on the joy of gaming in Webscape. Welcome


to Click. And welcome to Greenwich Park in London. That is the Royal


Observatory, home of Greenwich Mean Time. It is such an important place.


There came a point in history where they were able to shrink the


workings of a clock to a size that made time portable and that


completely changed the world, of course. And here we are on the verge


of a similar revolution, where electronics are getting so small


that we can wear those as well. We have been investigating one of the


many applications of this technology at the home of the McLaren Formula


One team, where every second counts. Formula One cars and improving our


health are two things that of easily go hand`in`hand... Here at McLaren


headquarters, it looks like it is all about bright light and fast


cars. The team spends millions each year on analysing and crunching data


on everything from tyre pressure to error dynamic performance. Yet the


technology used to log data on how well these vehicles are performing


could provide a breakthrough in the way that we monitor ourselves. Here


in McLaren's applied technology labs, engineers have taken their


ability to process and analyse data and created a sensor which logs a


person's exertion during periods of activity. They do it in a different


way to most memorable `` wearable technology. Most of the devices we


see today are Excel matter based. But this is all about heart rate


variability. These sensors would tell you that you have walked five


kilometres but they will come up with an idea of how much you have


exerted yourself and that will be translated into calories. So, we


have Formula One accuracy recording human data all in wearable form. The


question is, could this technology be used not embracing but to help


public health? EN is taking part in a unique trial, which we have been


following to find the answer. How can the use of wearable technology


be integrated into the UK's NHS? He has been diagnosed as obese.


Conditions related to being overweight cost the NHS around ?5


billion per year to treat. He wore the senses for ten weeks and lost


?26. They have been really good. You give them a target of calories to


burn just doing specific exercises each day and being able to monitor


that by looking at the end of the session and how many calories you


have burned. For me, it has been really motivating because you always


try to do more and more. At his surgery in Suffolk, 90 patients are


taking part in the research to see if wearable monitoring is more


effective than scheduled visits to the doctor. They can access the data


themselves and also talk it through with their GP. If we could have a


way of using activity as a drug, if we could prescribe activity more


appropriately, we could help provide feedback relating to activity,


immediately, we have this mechanism and potentially our research will


help answer some of these questions, which could potentially


be so powerful celebs to prevent illness and helpfulness. And this is


just the start. The aim is that this slightly chunky device will


eventually be miniaturised and once they are produced in bulk, the cost


will be massively reduced, therefore making them more accessible. Those


in the NHS the wearable technology and their data as a huge potential


tool for public health. The financial implications for patients


being able to self monitor and self manage and have more information


about what their bodies are doing will be amazing. With your consent,


it would go straight into your clinical records. It would then help


me to monitor you and would provide much better, much more personalised


healthcare. Of course it does not mean the end of going to see your


doctor, but used in the right way, it could mean that one day, we could


all get the Formula One treatment. Now, one of the most recognisable


people of wearable technology at the moment is this thing. Google Glass.


It is still in the development stage but last week, it went on sale in


the US for just one day at the price of a cool $1500. But aside from


making you stand out from the crowd... Why is everyone looking at


me like that? The question that we all want answered is will it


actually be of any use? With it indeed take off? `` will it indeed


take off? In the last few weeks, those flying Virgin Atlantic's


upper`class from Heathrow have been greeted by someone with an eye for


detail. Ken is one of the concealer just filing Glass as a way of


accessing relevant information without the made for hand`held


notes. `` without the need. When a passenger is approaching the


airport, the details are sent to Ken's glasses and he can go out and


greet them and this is what he can see on the first page. The name of


the passenger, the registration, the number of their car and their


destination. Then he can move on to details about that destination. For


example, this time of arrival and also frequent flyer number stop how


do the passengers react when they see you wearing this? The initial


thought is that they are regular glasses until they take a second


look. After that, they are more intrigued with what they are, what


they can do, why I'm wearing them. And why is he wearing them? There is


no denying that any company seem to be testing something this space age


will win a few public relations points. Although discrete, wearable


devices capable of recording pictures and videos like this one


has the potential to lose you fans as well. Developing an app for Glass


that involves facial recognition is currently against Google's terms and


conditions and it is something that virgin will not consider for fear of


invading the privacy of its customers. So, under what


circumstances might we be more comfortable with devices that allow


others to identify us by site? What is holding it back now is... Glass


is very restricted. It's very lopsided. Only a privileged few have


it. If you have that functionality in it, there will be a backlash


because you can figure out who I am but I cannot figure out who you are


because you are wearing Glass. But if everyone is wearing Glass in the


same way as everyone has a smartphone, we will get more


comfortable with it. One place you might expect to be fully on board


the bandwagon would be San Francisco, home to employees of


companies like Google and Facebook. It is often seen as an early adopter


when it comes to new technology. But even here, Glass has been met with a


decidedly mixed response. The 500 club in the city's Mission district


is taking a stand against what it sees as an invasion of technology


into its area of peace and tranquillity. Foremost, it's an


issue of privacy. Customers come here and expect some sort of


surgery. A place away from whatever they are dealing with. `` some sort


of sanctuary. Just to be by themselves, watch sports, have a


drink. And not be documented. They are not alone. There is even a


website listing bars and clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area that our


Glass free zones. It's clear that Google still has a job do in


convincing people that Glass isn't just a portable version of Big


Brother. So, what do you make of Glass or the similar products


knocking about? Too intrusive? Too distracting? Were just the right


level of cybernetic call for you? Let us know what you think.


Facebook is introducing a not at all frightening new feature, which


allows users of the social network to track the location of their


friends by GPS. Called nearby friends, it uses a mobile phone


signal and GPS data to work out which friends are in the vicinity.


Facebook assures those with privacy concerns that the service is up in


and that both parties need to switch the option on in order to share


their data. Amazon has launched the latest salvo in its streaming battle


with Netflix. The online retailer has joined forces with HBO in a deal


that will make a classic shows like the Sopranos and the Wire available


to watch. It comes in the same week that Netflix announced a potential


increase to its subscription price for new members. Nokia as an


independent entity is no more, as Microsoft has fine`tuned its 5.4


billion euros acquisition of the once mighty mobile company. Almost


one months behind schedule, Microsoft says it has completed the


steps necessary to finalise the transaction after receiving


long`awaited regulatory approval from China was top Microsoft hopes


the deal will strengthen its position in the mobile market. New


York police Department found itself committing it were to fail this


week. It's finest had asked users to delete photos of themselves with


police officers around the city. Instead of a encounters with their


local cops, images of slightly less friendly situations quickly took


over the account. The experience did not deter the NYPD, which describes


Twitter as an open forum for uncensored exchange. How would you


like to start your day? A nice cup of tea? A run in the cup? Or being


jumped on by a four`year`old who does not know the meaning of the


word lie in? What if you start on an electronic headset and used it to


train your brain to become more focused? That is one element of a


research project in London to study the impact of wearable tech elegy in


the office. We were given exclusive access to follow the study and this


is what happened. This looks at wearable technology on


productivity, alertness, and job satisfaction. For the last few


weeks, 120 workers have been attaching themselves to various


devices. Emma, for example, has been recording her retention levels while


playing a concentration game every morning. I found I got competitive


with myself, you had to record your schools, and you are trying to


achieve... It has a panel of your brain activity, you want to max it


out, but every day you want to get better scores, on the last day, I


hit it! I had to say, it is not as easy as it sounds. If any stray


thought enters your head... You are done! Meanwhile, Will has been


wearing a belt which monitors his movements and correct his posture.


If I am sitting like this, and I have an e`mail... It vibrates. I


have played around with it, if you've slouch consistently, it will


keep vibrating and we set up. Likewise, if you lean back on your


chair. Ashley is wearing a bracelet which measures light, temperature,


and sleep patterns, but which, mysteriously, gives him no feedback


at all. It measures your sleep pattern, temperature through the


day, when you are most productive. How had he found wearing it? It is a


bit frustrating, a number of times I have


now and then, although something that does not seem to


You would not mind saying that you are not doing enough work! If they


are counting every individual pace, I think it would get difficult.


Several weeks later, the enormous amount of data generated by the


study, over 30 GB per participant, is being crunched. It turns out the


wearables has slowed to a decrease in alertness, but 3% increase in job


satisfaction and an 8% increase in productivity. Surprisingly, the


device which caused the biggest improvement in results was the one


that gave no feedback or intervention at the time. We are


noticing an affect in the workplace which suggests that when you monitor


all changed circumstances for employees it has a positive impact


on what they are doing. That is one explanation, the other could be that


when people know their productivity is being measured, they are more


focused on it. And therefore, they score higher. Surely we're not going


to agree to all wear these monitoring bands, simply to make us


work harder? There be advantages for you as well is that nosy boss of


yours. There are phenomenal possibilities for the employees and


organisations. You could have a biometric CV, which you could use to


show your successful patterns and when you are most productive and


alert and satisfied in the workplace. You can petition your


employer to get a workplace scenario which meets those requirements. You


can show them the data under what circumstances you perform your best


doubles. Of course, for that to be useful, you have to be good under


pressure in the first place. Be quiet, I am busy!


In case you were wondering, my brain still hurts after all of that


concentrating! It is not my bag, really. It is not only the office


where wearables are promising to improve our productivity. We said


Dan Simmons to Oberhausen Germany to check out the latest deal which


promises to make employees there a bit more efficient `` a warehouse in


Germany. Alfred is starting his shift which he hopes will help


factory workers around the world in their daily tasks.


His workplace is this mockup factory in Munich. The new kit that he is


testing is Google Glass. Alfred is a pic, and his job is to move products


around the warehouse that they are in the right place to either be


shipped or stored for later on. `` a picker. It is hoped the glasses will


make that easier. Now he does not have to look down at it clip board


or hand`held device to cross reference a code. With Google Glass


you can see what he needs in front of his eyes. Research has shown that


Google Glass reduces errors by 40%, and speeds up workers by 10%. Great,


if you are the boss. Other staff can make use of it as well. A service


manager can survey the factory and the glasses can point out exactly


which machine is faulty. And it can provide him with step`by`step in


structure and is of how to fix the equipment. `` instructions. I have


been using the glasses for ten minutes, and it is easy to see how


they free up my hands, it increases efficiency, it is like having a


second brain telling me what to do. It is also easy to see how workers


using this system may feel that their role has essentially been


reduced to being a robot following a list of instructions. I do not have


to think. At all. That can be the glasses biggest problem. Unions


representing warehouse workers for the retail giant Amazon are also in


dispute over working conditions and unrealistic expectations. There is


also the question of style. We have a workforce of 20 people wearing


these glasses for hours. It did not allow them to feel comfortable.


Colleagues were passing by and laughing. You can see that people


are not yet ready to use these glasses. I think it will change, as


soon as good designs come up. In the future. Perhaps, getting the glasses


to stay working long enough is a more pressing issue. Because Altman


to reality relies on compact algorithms and an always on camera,


the battery is sucked quickly. During these concept


demonstrations, the glasses only managed to operate for 15 minutes.


The company behind the concept is working on new and advanced


microchips which will use less power, so the glasses should be able


to be used all day long. Of course, there is always the problem that we


simply become far too reliant on technology. Hello? Hello? Well, what


am I supposed to do now? Hello? Hello #! That is done, always in


control and every situation! Someone always in control is Kate Russell,


here comes Webscape. Despite the negative press they


sometimes get, playing games can benefit all sorts of people, from


preschool to pensioners. Everybody Plays is a website that celebrates


the joy of casual gaming, experts pitching recommendations and reviews


to a more general audience than the classic hard`core gamer. Giving as


much attention to new genres and independent developers rather than


blasting away at a handful of blockbuster titles. There is a not


in the press about the effect of games on children. `` a lot. It was


a game called Elite that got me into technology in the 80s on the BBC


Micro, if you remember those! In my personal experience, as long as you


find the right game, and do not play it to excess, gaming can have a


positive impact. As well as using features to appeal to the more


casual gamer, parents searching for an appropriate play will appreciate


the parental review tab, featured on many pages, that hooks you to the


opinion of actual parents. You can be confident of your choice, even if


you're not a gaming fan yourself. Quip is a mobile processing app that


has been on macro apple platforms for about a year. With a dedicated


android as well. Documents load faster, and it has Google account


integration as well. Making the switch should be relatively


painless. This year, it is expected that mobile connections will


overtake fixed line as the dominant way to get online. With the world


going collaboration crazy, acrid quip's fast loading and simple


editing interface will no doubt prove useful if you want to create


documents on the go `` quip. Notifications make it cheap easy to


keep track of activity, without the mobile screen getting cluttered. It


also plays nicely with custom keyboards like Swift Key and swipe,


with the support of 11 languages. Google has a lot more to offer than


just documents and search, as the recent launch of its tips page


proves too well. Using the trendy card style design, you can browse


through the quick descriptions before clicking on a link if you


want to learn more. The number of apps and tools from Google is pretty


mind blowing. Online documents, drive storage, calendar, mail, news,


social, YouTube, browser, maps, Earth, the list goes on and on! The


tips page is a treasure trove of shortcuts and hacks. It could help


you use Google services in a different light. There are 13


products covered in total, at the time of editing, there are 14 tips


listed. You have two sign up for and into a Google account to use them


but that is pretty much standard for so much of the Internet these days.


``to. Whether you think the dominant is a good or bad thing is a


different thing entirely, but you cannot deny that these apps make


life online simpler. If you missed any of those, you can


have a look at our website. If you would like to get in touch with us


about anything you have seen today, please do e`mail us. Or you can get


hold of us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google plus as well. That is it for


now, thank you for watching and we will see you next time.


Temperatures through the course of the weekend are not doing too badly


for the time of year. It is still relatively mild. Having said that it


will not be remaining drive. Turning blustery with low pressure in charge


and there will be heavy showers on the cards as well. `` drive. Some




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