14/05/2016 Click


14/05/2016

Click meets a blind man who runs ultramarathon's with the help of an app. Plus art created by robots.


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And the man who bought BHS for ?1 said that the retailer could have

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conceived of his plans had been given more time.

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Now it is time for Click. This week - running blind

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in the Desert, literally. And fab, fun, flexi fairy

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lights for your phone. For many, the ultimate test

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of human endurance. A physically

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and mentally draining feat that quite literally

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changes your body. Now imagine doing one four times

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in four days, in a desert. This is the Ultramarathon,

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a 150-mile-long race through the Namibian desert, in some of the most

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difficult conditions on the planet. And if you can't see,

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you need a guide. And in this case,

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the guide was a smartphone. You are experiencing

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sensory deprivation. I had headphones in with the app,

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so I couldn't really hear anything. All you've got is the feeling under

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foot, you're never too sure Running through uncertain desert

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terrain is what Simon Wheatcroft has spent

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much of the past week doing. Simon has a degenerative eye disease

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that has left him blind since he was 17 years old,

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but he has never let himself be After proposing to his

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girlfriend halfway up Simon took up running in the field

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behind his house. He then moved to the path

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and then the road, memorising a range

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of objects, distances The things that you can't memorise

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are the things that are moving. They probably don't

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realise that you're blind, because you just wouldn't imagine,

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if you were running towards me, What I try to do to sort of deal

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with that is a lot of people are not willing to run as close

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to the road as I am, so I am literally running

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the curbs down. If you make a mistake,

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you are running into the cars. A lot of people aren't

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willing to be that close. To avoid people, I run the line that

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other people aren't willing to run. I have been hit by a van

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and stuff, but I carry on running. Stuff happens.

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Get up, carry on running. His amazing feat has been made

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possible by technology that helps him to keep his

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amazing feet exactly Originally using a run-tracking

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app called Runkeeper, the team here at the IBM

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Bluemix Garage have helped to develop and adapt it specifically

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for Simon's desert needs. The difficulty with the desert

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is there is not a normal path. You can't just go along

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the street with Google Maps, There's also no mobile

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network in the desert, to make it work without mobile

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network, just running on a GPS and help him not to get

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off track and guide him If you go too far to the right,

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it's a high-pitched beep, and to the

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left it is a lower-pitched beep. the further left or right

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you get off track. It beeps like crazy, because you're

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too far from the desert. BEEPING

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We're too far from the desert! We're too far to the left

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of the desert now. Not right, because that would be

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a high-pitched beep. We're too far to the left

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of the desert. Simon actually trialled

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the app earlier this year Except, Simon being Simon,

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he went to Boston, ran Because, well...

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Yeah, no idea. Developing such a specialised app

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is not without a unique I had the idea, because he had

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his cute dog, Ascot, with him at our office,

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and I ask him, "Is Ascot And he said, "No, no,

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it's the desert and the dog is not running with me

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that far and that wrong, And I said, "OK, cool,

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how about we do this app with the dog barking

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if you get off track? But then he said he might be

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scared to hallucinate because of the heat

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and everything, so, yeah... Personally, if I started

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hallucinating that dogs were chasing But, anyway, this app has

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been a key component in allowing Simon to achieve his

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dream of competing alone, without the aid of a guide -

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or this lovely fella. When I was in the open-plain desert,

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it worked fantastically. I got that real sense

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of independence, it was the first chance I had to

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run alone. There was one point where

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I was running into a station and I just started to cry,

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because I couldn't believe that, for the first

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time in my life, I could It was thanks to this app and these

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beeps that were guiding me Simon made it almost

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100 miles into the race before having to pull out due

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to the terrain and extreme heat. But, if anything, that

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disappointment has made him even more determined

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to succeed next time. As I finished, I was going to put

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on Facebook that "I tried, I failed, I'm going back" -

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but I deleted that bit because I thought, "If she finds

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out through Facebook, So when I landed last

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night and we went out for dinner, she said,

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"You're going back, aren't you?" Otherwise you wouldn't be taking me

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out for such a nice meal! Wow.

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Simon, shake my hand. This is such a great story.

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Thank you so much. My pleasure.

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Good luck for next year. That time of year when you know

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summertime's on its way. But, for many, that also means

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the start of allergy season and, with allergies on the rise,

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over 30% of people are suffering So I've been taking a look

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at some of the latest Whilst much of our time may be spent

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in environments we can't control, Sensio AIR hopes to improve

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matters in your own home. This allergen- and air-particle

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analyser closely tracks the quality of the air around you and,

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at the same time, you can input any symptoms that you're

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having into the app, which means that it'll

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match up any data on how you're feeling with what's

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going on in the surrounding

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environment. Its sensors aim to identify allergy

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triggers like dustmites or pollen, potential irritants such as acetone

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or formaldehyde, plus mould spores, They work in conjunction

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with harmful gases, temperatures, humidity, and these factors

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have a direct impact on the way this

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interacts with you and causes your We are able to tell you exactly what

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was in the environment during your symptoms, and all these data

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that we are exchanging today allows us to really personalise our

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unique algorithms. The settings of

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your home, if you have a home automation, or by giving new direct

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advice on how to improve the air at home, whether it is by hoovering

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your carpet, or by washing your cat, or by simply closing the windows

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when it is allergy season. They are not the only

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company hoping to This device is pitching itself

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as a smart personal air purifier. And surprisingly,

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indoor quality can be substantially worse

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than that of outdoors. Or for a place to simply keep track

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of your symptoms, then this app could help,

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whilst at the same time you will be Input your symptoms

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to their Britain Breathing app and they will match them up

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to time- and location-based The aim is to better

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understand common triggers and potentially learn why

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allergies are increasing. are environmental,

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though. If yours is a food allergy

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or intolerance, then this app could

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come in handy. Tell Spoon Guru the foods

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you can't eat, or about any special diets, and it will help come

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up with ideas and recipes for what

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you can eat. For the purposes of testing the app,

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I have told it that I am intolerant to gluten and

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shellfish so that we can see what it

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thinksI can and cannot eat. This is the best bit from me,

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you can I was impressed by just how

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many products It also came up with these clear,

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easy-to-read ingredient lists and nutritional graphs,

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which are handy for speed or if you struggle with the small

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print on labels. The next stage could be devices

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like this prototype. The Nima aims to test solid foods

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or liquids for gluten. A small amount is placed

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in this tube, where it is the device will tell you whether it

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is safe to consume or not. Hello, and welcome

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to The Week in Tech. InstaGram revealed a minimalist

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new logo that induced a rainbow of

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responses. Samsung also announced a micro

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SD that is even more massive than the most

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massive-ist one before it. And NASA treated us all to this

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spectacular astronomical event - that tiny little

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dot there is Mercury passing between us

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and the sun. It was also the week that engineers

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at Google unveiled a set of 13 emojis that they say

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better represent women in the world

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of work. The designs, which include doctors,

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scientists and bussinesswomen have been presented to the

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Unicode Consortium, that is the body charged with the incredibly

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21st-century job of approving and

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standardising emojis. And it has been

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a great week for tech

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billionaire Elon Musk. First, his company SpaceX

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stuck another landing had its first public test

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success. Hyperloop 1 ran this impressive,

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albeit short, testable We visited Hyperloop

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HQ back in January, and it is pretty cool

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to And finally, in what some

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are calling a major breakthrough, a robotic arm has

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finally figured out how to spin a The robotic arm developed

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by researchers at the University of Washington uses a combination

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of delicate hand-like hardware and computer simulation in order to work

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out how to complete the task. By learning from its

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mistakes, the arm can gradually get better at handling

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and manipulating objects. I never thought I would

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see the day when a robot could spin coffee

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beans like a real human.

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Incredible. their head in a mobile

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phone these days, don't they? it is the platform

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to be on. And in developing nations,

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many have skipped the PC altogether and gone straight to cheaper, $100

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smartphones, to do their work and

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shop online. So what if you wanted

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to make your own mobile app? and how much it

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would cost? mobile developers

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are not easy to find. Both in places like London,

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and in areas that are more remote In a moment, I will

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talk to someone who is hoping to open up mobile apps

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to anyone with a good idea. But first, Dan watched children

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young as six build their own mobile apps

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in his final report from Malawi in Africa.

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Three, two, one. Go!

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We think this is the first mobile app-building

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contest for children to be held in Africa.

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And it has been made possible because these kids have

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spent just a few hours the day before learning how to use a mobile

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phone app that builds mobile phone apps.

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All you have to do is to decide what to create.

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of things. different types

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It might be an app about Malawi, and app about mhub, or an

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The SnapApp builder works on smartphones, but it

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This app is supposed to help raise awareness for those who do not know

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I will also add a page where they can help, so I

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can maybe tie in a link to Unicef, and they can help donate money to

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these girls who do not have education.

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This year, for the first time in Africa,

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smartphones will outsell more basic feature phones.

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Yet creating just a basic mobile app to work on that smartphone could

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set you back $2000 to $3000 in development costs.

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And that is if you can find a developer.

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This new breed of apps could change that, and

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they are getting support from some big names,

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with providing food and water than tech.

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What we're doing today is we are asking the children to

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think for themselves and come up with innovative ideas

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that will help other children.

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Sometimes adults are not always best placed to think

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about what the needs really are. Children think outside the box.

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For those who are still put off doing it

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themselves, the staff at the mhub, the technology

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service so they can create one for anyone who walks in.

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It is easy enough now to create apps.

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I have built mobile appls in 27 hours.

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And I can have something that is a good

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Snap says that in nine months users in 197

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countries have created 4000 apps which are all now available online.

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In a few weeks, e-commerce services will

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allow buying at the touch of a screen.

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For these children today, it is all about winning a smartphone. But the

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real prize will be the communities and transformed by the app which are

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now becoming commonplace. Dan reporting on the first

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competition of its kind, Since then, many more

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app-building contests have I'm joined by Asaf Kindler,

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who you saw in that film. You are the boss of SnapApp,

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one of a growing band What has happened

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since that first competition? We have seen competitions

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happening all over the world, from Africa to Latin America,

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India, and also the US. It is the impact on the people,

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the people building an app. The kind

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of app you can build is simplistic, the equivalent of a mobile website

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where you can share information You can't build the next

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Angry Birds using an app builder. At this stage, no,

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but what you can build now is both on the builder of the app

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and the user. With these type of app-builders,

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you can build about 80% of the things you want to, and

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the 20% left, the innovative part, could be later integrated into the

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builder as we see them coming out. Asaf, thank you for your time.

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Best of luck with it all. As you know, we love a good

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world-first on this programme, Last year, we filmed

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and edited an entire programme using just mobile phones and tablets.

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These days, everyone is at it. But mobiles can be really useful

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for journalists, helping them report

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more quickly from more places. LJ Rich has been to the Mobile

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Journalism Conference in Dublin to check out the latest

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tools of the trade. It's not everyday you see mobile

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journalists sitting still, but here are around 700

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of them transfixed a convention

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for those who want to improve their The exhibition in the next room

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shows off the next generation of mobile gadgetry soon to be

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snapped up by these early adopters. This prosumer accessory

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ecosystem centres around one fact - many of the latest smartphones can

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shoot at extremely high resolution but can't yield a polished result

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without a bit of help. Simple things that elevate

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smartphone footage include lighting. These flexible LED mats are easy

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to control, though pricey unless Any kind of steady

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light source improves your video. Even battery-powered fairy lights

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are better than nothing. Simply holding a smartphone steady

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makes footage look good, and many holders are on display to

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give broadcasters a helping hand. Some solutions are more cumbersome

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than others. Padcaster turns your iPad

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into a mobile production studio, essentially a frame that connects

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various accessories to your tablet, including lenses,

:18:31.:18:34.

lights and microphones. Another holder has also caught

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my eye, or should that be ear? A one-handed mobile grip

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with an integrated microphone input. Getting decent sound so you can play

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it back is a problem, and a lot of manufacturers are trying to address

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that, including IK Multimedia, which means you can plug things

:18:51.:18:52.

like radio microphones straight in. This works with any smartphone,

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although sound records Mobiles just don't

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like recording more than one channel As most broadcasters record both the

:19:05.:19:09.

person speaking and background noise One company attempting to address

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this is Sennheiser, who's betting on 360 video and VR

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becoming more popular. This is their third prototype

:19:22.:19:28.

of a fully 360-degree sound mic not The processing is done afterwards

:19:29.:19:31.

from mono and stereo through to fully immersive 3D sound

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depending on your preference. The company told me it

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will probably cost around ?1500. More affordable is this app, Mavis,

:19:40.:19:47.

which puts a pro-camera experience inside an iPhone,

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including the complexity a pro camera offers, which may be

:19:52.:19:56.

off-putting to novice users. Far from a simple point-and-shoot,

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the app gives access to manual controls like white

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balance, focus-pulling Being able to tweak settings can

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make for arty and therefore polished shots for those who fancy

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climbing up the learning curve. but cheap compared to

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a new manual camera. There is currently no

:20:16.:20:19.

single solution to filming broadcast-quality footage

:20:20.:20:22.

with a mobile phone, although if the appetite

:20:23.:20:25.

for digital storytelling continues to spread, it won't be long before

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smartphone manufacturers themselves want a piece of the prosumer

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accessory action. I wonder whether you spotted

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the fact that that entire report Good.

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Now, can a machine make art? The first annual robot art

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competition aims to discover

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if they can. Teams from

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around the world have entered and have one simple task - to create

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the next robotic Rubens - and I'm The founder

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of the competition is Andrew Conru. We know robots can perfectly

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recreate an image What is the point

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of a robot art competition? First, it is very difficult to get a

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robot to paint something perfectly. An inkjet printer can create

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something stunningly precise, but when it comes to using

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a physical brush and paint, it is a lot more tricky

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and there is a lot more nuance. The idea behind it is trying to see

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what is the process between an

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artist's creation and the execution. and artificial intelligence

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behind that, is the core. I'm sure there will be those

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around who say is this art if it is entirely created

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by a machine? The key part is whether or not

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the artwork itself creates something

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that gives an emotional response. If you look at when cameras

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came around, we went from people who were painting portraits to

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basically taking a photo. We have photos now worth hundreds

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of thousands of dollars because they are able to capture something

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that is inspiring and gives

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an emotional feedback response. There are different teams and robots

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using different pieces of software. Can you give us

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an idea how they work? How are the robots creating

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these images? We have 15 teams

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from seven countries, and each of them have taken a different approach

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on how to create an artwork. Perhaps the majority of them start

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with some sort of photograph that Then the software tends to parse

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the image, find different regions it wants to have for different

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colours, figures out what layers it needs to do first,

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then sends those commands to the robot arm that will try to

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paint them in sequence. It is a whole spectrum in terms

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of complete automatic software to something that is more teamwork with

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a human designer. Where do you go from here?

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