07/11/2015 Click


07/11/2015

Guide to all the latest gadgets and computer industry news. Inspired by James Bond, the team visits Berlin's new spy museum.


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Critics say the plans will divide universities and put a bigger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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public. It features more than 200 touchscreens while behind the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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this umbrella was used to assassinate a Bulgarian dissident in

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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him some more everyday home work to do.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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sometimes you just missed the moment. Especially when snapping the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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software algorithm it will fuse together those images to create a

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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autonomous drone that can fly through forests without crashing,

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

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

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

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

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feature will read your messages and offer up three appropriate

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

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

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

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

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

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you. This man is being tracked through a

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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silhouette of a person. That silhouette has something about our

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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have less altruistic motives. I think any society must develop

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

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for surveillance must be used in a good context.

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

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submersible scooter. You might be wondering what we could possibly

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

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Taylor is in another personal submersible?

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

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

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

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to a combination of Wombourne sensors and software nestled into

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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receding. Steering is remarkably straightforward thanks to the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Inside this band there are eight electromyographic pods and they will

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

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

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

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

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

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

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today. The first one is presentations. It works with

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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interaction with smart glass, augmented reality and virtual

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

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operations to just involve keeping yourself secret, they also involve

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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also need to computers running copious programmes, the computer at

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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through the day on Friday.

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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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