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Critics say the plans will divide universities and put a bigger


Those are the headlines, now on BBC News, it's time for Click.


This week we are going around the bond with lazy yoga, a laser


hairbrush and submarine photography. Have you heard? Bond is back. Go,


you have, sorry. It maybe last week's news here in the UK, but


Spectre has only just been released worldwide. James drive so fast,


shiny car, where a tux, and blows things up a lot. But if undercover


spies were to do that in real life they would very quickly become over


cover, and deceased. Normal spies are of course a lot more like you or


me, completely blending in, not looking suspicious at all, while


doing normal things. Clearly I am no special agent, well, not yet,


anyway. Quick! To the soup are secret spy shop. If you don't have


access to Her Majesty's credit card but fancy doing a bit of spying


yourself, you may come to a place like this. A small man in a


submarine... Emergency soup, emergency water. Every spy needs a


hairbrush. I don't know what this is... Maybe that is what you need is


the Falcons to make its escape. -- if the Falcons starts to make its


escape. There is your Bluetooth beanie... Word is a position has


become vacant for a new OO. We sent our top man over to Berlin, and it


is fair in a brand-new spy Museum where the interview is being held.


We think he is being tracked by another agent, a dangerous operative


plotting to grab the top position herself. We just hope he makes it


out alive. Hi, I am Dan, I mean, not Dan, I am W. I am T, who with these?


IM F. I have filled the building behind me with the finest spy tools


ever invented. Whoever gets the best material has the job. You have won


our. This shiny new spy Museum has just opened its doors to the


public. It features more than 200 touchscreens while behind the


scenes, 300 computers run the show. Early in's history of close public


surveillance by the Stasi is a big thing here, so you often feel like


you're watched, where the know it or not. -- Ian watched. This corner is


designed to see what it feels like to be watched by spies who could be


anyone around you. I failed to spot that it was activated by and a


laconic tripwire. This installation maps and recognises your face. With


cameras now in our TVs and game consoles, it is hard to know who


could be watching. Of course, today we freely share our location and


personal information in many ways. This display shows how there are


many applications that can track at all. Enough snooping, back to


picking useful gadgets used by the real spies who chose to accept their


missions. I am not too worried about T's discovery, the shaft of this


pipe twists to prime it for firing back. Soviet operatives had a far


less obvious means to kill. A poison pellet fired with a single jab of


this umbrella was used to assassinate a Bulgarian dissident in


broad daylight on the streets of London. And now, T's has got one. I


have gone one better. Don't get jealous, it is a world's most


popular spiker. -- spy car. Spies didn't use Lamborghinis or Ferraris


to do their spy work, they didn't have the money and they were too


conspicuous. They used these, which had cameras located pretty much


anywhere on them. They also had infrared cameras to spy on people in


the dark. With the power almost up, I felt I had done enough to secure


the new job, but it looks like T has found a secret section. How did it


go? Did you get the rocket launcher? No... Did you get the DV nine? No.


Once you have got the helicopter you have got it, right? Time to take it


up a gear and put on the tux for the final showdown. So long.


Their job is yours. But what is going to happen to W? We have given


him some more everyday home work to do.


That was Dan Simmons and we haven't seen him since. It takes more than a


tux to make a spy, as you have seen. Me, I think I will blending


perfectly. How many pieces of spy equipment could you spot about my


person? Yes, all of them. Or can you? Here is a plug adaptor that you


can phone up and listen to the surrounding noises. As you can with


this extension lead. I have a pen clipped to my tyre, the cut which is


a camera. As is this thing on my shoulder, and perhaps. As is the


tissue dispenser. Would you like to borrow my copy, which is a great


watch but not a good read. This is only possible because cameras have


shrunk to such a small size. Lara is going to show us what happens when


you cram 16 of them into a space small enough to fit in your pocket.


Smartphone cameras are pretty good these days. Come on, Percy! But


sometimes you just missed the moment. Especially when snapping the


unpredictable characters at London Zoo. That is nice, that is nice with


the water! Are taking these pictures could be made a whole lot easier by


what I have here in my hand. With 16 lanes is, 16 sensors, and 11


mirrors, this prototype is no ordinary camera. You can also see it


is not much bigger than the size of a chunky smartphone. Once you are in


position and ready to take your picture, the camera will choose ten


of the lenses that are going to take that image best, then with a clever


software algorithm it will fuse together those images to create a


snap of up to 52 megapixels. But it is what happens after that that is


where it really gets interesting. While this model doesn't actually


work yet, I'm going to be using a working prototype to take the


picture. The idea with the finished product is that you just hold it up


and take the photograph, which will appear on the screen, and then you


can change depth of field, focus or length of shot. Five of the lenses


are similar to those you would find in a smartphone, the others work


more like mini periscopes. The makers say what they have created


should excel at shooting in low light as there are ten sensors


rather than one to catch the light. But with a price point at $1700,


this isn't likely to be something for the casual user. When you think


about what this is replacing, up to $6,000 worth of photographic gear.


It could go into a cellphone and at one or 200 dollars to the price of


it. Why so expensive? Because we know what we are competing with.


There are people who are willing to spend a lot of money on camera


equipment. Smartphones are already getting in on the game. Just


released in the US, this has two lenses that work together to allow


users to refocus after they have taken the image. But however things


work out for the light fell 16, we may have just had a glimpse of the


smartphone cameras of the future. Hello and welcome to the weekend


technology. It was the week the UK government proposed a law that would


force internet providers to store the website address as we visit. If


passed, the bill would let police and intelligence services be the


names of the sites without a warrant. But not the specific pages


browsed. It was also the week researchers at MIT developed a super


autonomous drone that can fly through forests without crashing,


and that up to 30 mph. Another teenager believed to be part of the


Talk Talk hat was arrested, and Twitter changed its favourite button


from start to a heart. Lovely. It was also the week that Google


offered to write your e-mails for you. Its new smart reply Gmail


feature will read your messages and offer up three appropriate


responses. Handy for an unwelcome invasion of privacy from the data


harvesting giant? Finally, if he needed further proof that the


Japanese can't get enough of robots, Toyota has unveiled a companion hot


it can do so many things. He can sit next to you while you are driving,


talk to you when you are feeling lonely, or just simply hang out with


you. This man is being tracked through a


wall using just Wi-Fi signals. Those blobs are faint reflections created


by the signals when a a body. By looking at the shape of the body the


system can work out where you are, what you are doing, and even who you


are. Right now, it can recognise 15 different people with 90% accuracy.


At a high level it is using a simple principle, that wireless sync tools


reflect off our bodies. It is using these low-power signals, sending


them and observing their reflections through the wall, and we get the


silhouette of a person. That silhouette has something about our


height and build, and some people have round structure, some people


more elongated structure, depending on the bone structures in their body


and the structure of their body. That is enough to distinguish


between people. This is the first idea that researchers are using


Mitac four. The Emerald system is going to track elderly people as


they move around their homes, detect if they fall, then call for help.


You can imagine how technology that allows you to see through walls may


have less altruistic motives. I think any society must develop


policies so technology is used for the best interests. One that is used


for surveillance must be used in a good context.


If you want to do some underwater spying, you will need your own


submersible scooter. You might be wondering what we could possibly


follow this within the programme, well, would you believe Richard


Taylor is in another personal submersible?


It is a craft quite like no other. Enter the Dragon. Belying her racy


looks, she is a battery-powered marine voyager capable of cruising


the deeper for six hours on end. She has grown like capabilities thanks


to a combination of Wombourne sensors and software nestled into


her friend. -- on board centres. All in all it adds up to a quad copter


like invention that its inventor says is a gamechanger. Anybody can


take this craft safely down and fly it and that means that before that


time submersibles were a big deal. Expensive with a professional pilot.


Still expensive but you don't need a professional pilot, so we are


getting there. Yes, about that price. At a cool $1.5 million, she


is designed as a plaything for the super-rich to house on the super


yachts. But today, yours truly, just shy of that status, is hitching a


ride. As I buckle up, I'm ever so slightly apprehensive. This


prototype was finished literally just days earlier. But no time for


regrets. A quick reminder to the Mrs... The money is under the


mattress! And we are loaded into the lake Tahoe. Graham and I keep comms


over Bluetooth. He is in constant radio contact with the shore as


well. The other was exposed in oxygenated bubbles at a constant


pressure. It feels comfortable but I think six hours down at its maximum


depth and I might feel a bit claustrophobic. And if I think


really hard about it, safety issues do arise despite the fact there is


on board 24-hour reserve oxygen supplies. Imagine being 120 metres


down. It is twilight and you have been creeping around and you have


sharks overhead and having a great time. And suddenly it fails. What


happens? It does not think. It just goes back up. It has failed but no


problem. This is the only thing I will get to see and it is kind of


ridiculous because we are only in about eight feet of water and you


would not do this in anything else. The Dragon is not a speed beast,


maxing out at only five mph. The adrenaline comes in controlling it


really personal underwater capsule. We are just a couple of feet


underwater here and it is a slightly odd sensation because for the first


time I'm breathing normally underwater, it feels very normal,


and there is no scuba or snorkelling gear. It is literally just me in


this hemispherical globe, if you like, which is allowing me to


experience the underwater world in a completely different way. And then


it is my turn to take the helm. I'm at maximum downward thrust. I'm


going pretty quickly. I can feel this. I can see the surface


receding. Steering is remarkably straightforward thanks to the


so-called deep flight manager. One lever for downward thrust on the


other to control my direction. I take her to 70 feet but then it is


time to head back home. Price aside, the Dragon will not be for


everyone. Scuba divers will scoff at the idea of being cooped up in a


cockpit rather than being truly free in the ocean. But for me, it was


perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. It looks a bit sci-fi but


this is actually an armband that I'm using to control the drone with


gestures. It is quite difficult to get the hang of. You have to be very


subtle and the wind is interfering quite a lot today. But with a bit of


practice and some patients, -- perseverance, you can nail it.


Inside this band there are eight electromyographic pods and they will


pick up the electric activity from my muscles and translate that into


movement. And in one of these pods, this one, there is Bluetooth and


motion sensor and a processor and that will send all of the


information about the gestures I'm making back to the app on the phone


or whatever it is you are trying to control with the band. In addition


to flying the drone, it can be used for three categories of consumer use


today. The first one is presentations. It works with


PowerPoint or Keynote. The second category is enough and keyboard at


on your computer. You can point at links and even enter text. And the


last category is fun and entertainment. Games and apps. You


can download more applications to work with the armband. The benefit


of these is you can be anywhere, behind the device if you want, and


if there is visual interference around you, it is not going to


interfere with your control of the vehicle. Flight of the bumblebee 's


plays. Let's give it another go. I broke it. As gesture technology


matures and inevitably gets smaller and more powerful, it could replace


the mouse and keyboard for the next generation of computers, allowing


interaction with smart glass, augmented reality and virtual


reality all with the click of -- flick of a wrist. Now, covert


operations to just involve keeping yourself secret, they also involve


hiding things away. If you were to burgle my house, we would you look,


cold hard cash? -- where would you look? This is my absolute


favourite. It is not a bottle of water but another safe for storing


really small things. Next, mind control lasers. If it is not enough


to sit back and enjoy a light show, why not control it with your mind?


Yes, laser light and sound show made especially for one person using


input from their brain. This installation is part of a yearly


festival in London. Today, my job entails connecting my brain to those


lasers behind me and I cannot say that I'm not excited because I am.


The system is measuring my EEG from this might headset. Actually, you


can buy these for around $100, which makes the wonder if I can make this


at home. Which bits are doing what? This is how much attention I'm


praying... They are both doing it. It is the measurement between these


points that will give us the reading that is going to reward me if I


concentrate with beautiful music and visions. Yes. Time to get up close


and personal with my own personal light show. The more I pay


attention, the more I get rewarded by more complex sounds and visuals.


The resulting light show is oddly rewarding. It feels like I'm


finishing levels in a computer game where the visuals change. We are


taking this attention value that comes out of the headset, how much


you are concentrating on something, and then we map that different


musical scales. How you are playing a directly -- different musical


instrument is directly connected to your attention. Let us little behind


the curtain and this is where I realise that I really cannot make


this in my house. For starters, I would need at least 80 metres of


space and scaffolding to make a huge tunnel as well as a powerful 13


watts laser, 10,000 times powerful -- more powerful than a laser


pointer. Plus the whole thing has to be made safe to stare down. I would


also need to computers running copious programmes, the computer at


the front running the EEG signals on the headset and running the music


and sending the data required for the second computer to control the


laser. What I do in my day job is put together big spectacles for


bands and events and things like that, so this is taking some of the


scale, technology and far from the big concert shows and producing an


experience for one person. Well, I don't quite a lot went into that and


as an artistic periods, I thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, if you will


excuse me, I might have another go. That was LJ and that is it from us


apart from one last thing. I have to show you this voice changer should


you wish to place on us while you are on the phone to someone. There


are two settings I want to show you. I will let Bob tell you that... DEEP


MAN'S VOICE: there is more on BBC iPlayer. WOMAN'S VOICE: Andy King


catch up with us on Facebook and Twitter. -- and you can catch up


with us. See you soon. 18 degrees makes it very mild


through the day on Friday.


Inspired by James Bond, the team visits Berlin's new spy museum, takes photos underwater in a £1.5m personal submersible, and controls lasers with their minds.

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