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The team visits Nasa Jet Propulsion Labs, and get transported to Mars. Plus the world's first Virtual Reality Amusement park.


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in an American air-strike.

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Now it's time for Click.

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This week we are heading to the US and jetting into the future.

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There will be robot holograms, swashbuckling drones,

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and imaginary sea monsters.

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This is absolutely stunning.

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You thought you knew virtual reality, well so did I.

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You thought you knew virtual reality, well so did I.

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Then I came to NASA's jet propulsion laboratory.

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These are genuine images collected by the Mars Rover Curiosity,

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and the Mars orbiter.

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Over there, there is Curiosity.

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Hello, old friend.

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I can actually walk around the Mars Rover.

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Look at this!

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Destination Mars is opening soon as a tourist attraction

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at the Kennedy Space Centre, but it is already a collaborative

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experience that allows scientists to discuss the Red Planet

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while standing on Mars.

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Despite that view being very small at the moment,

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it really does work.

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With the HoloLens, there are no cables and no external sensors.

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This thing knows where it is and which way you are looking

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simply by the sensors that are in the headset,

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and that means there are no restrictions,

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which means I can keep walking over here, and walk all the way

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up this hill.

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Or if I really want, I can just disappear off this way

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and carry on trekking across Mars.

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Excuse me, everybody.

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Carry on about your work.

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I'm still on Mars!

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Ooh, there's a photocopier!

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In theory, that means if you have the data and know

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what the landscape on Mars looks like 100 miles that way,

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I could just keep walking!

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HoloLens is actually an augmented or mixed virtual reality,

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which means real objects and virtual ones can appear

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alongside one another.

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JPL is using it to take plans off the computer screen and think

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about them in 3-D at full scale before anything is actually built.

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We have to build this thing here on the ground,

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and people have to get around it.

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You have to be able to put your arm in and turn

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a screwdriver, for example.

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That is a time-consuming thing to check on a 2-D computer screen

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at a smaller scale.

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We can place pointers on the model, on the hologram, for example

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if we want to talk about that antenna, I can place a pointer

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there and you and I can both see it and everyone participating

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in the session can see it.

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These pointers really do get over the final drawback to the mixed

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reality experience, the fact that you can't actually touch

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the 3-D model.

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I dare you not to imagine this changing our world.

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Wow, wow, wow, wow.

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Mind equals blown.

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This is stunning and I am totally buying into virtual reality.

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But guess what, it gets even better.

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In Salt Lake City, Mark Cieslak has been having the fright of his life.

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In the shadow of Utah's peaks, cutting-edge virtual reality

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is being developed.

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Welcome to the Void, or to be more precise,

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the research and development facility.

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Just inside here is one possible future for virtual reality

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technology.

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The Void is a virtual reality experience that takes place

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inside specially constructed sets.

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Kitting up requires a backpack, chest rig, and headset.

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What you see inside the headset, you feel and touch in

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the real world.

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Its creators call this setup hyperreality.

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OK, so I'm in a temple.

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I look up and I can see the stars, some ruins around me,

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and if I reach out and touch the walls and feel them,

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I can feel a throne in front of me.

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I think myself and my other two cofounders really wanted to create

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a holodeck, we are all Star Trek geeks.

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Magic and illusion design, film production and television

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production were in our background.

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I can see flames rising up.

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As I get closer to them, it gets hotter.

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Sensors trigger heaters, which makes me think the stone bowl

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in front of me has erupted in flames.

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Over here I can see a torch.

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Oh!

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I can feel it is well.

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I take it out of the hole in the wall, and I'm holding

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in my hand what seems to be some kind of Aztec torch.

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OK, so the headset again is prompting me to look for things

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inside the environment.

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To look around for clues as to where I have to go next.

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The ability to explore wirelessly massively changes virtual reality.

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One of the limiting factors of high-end virtual reality

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in the home is that the headset still needs to be tethered

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to a computer, which limits how far you can move from the computer.

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The guys here have thought about that and cheated a little bit,

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because the headset is still tethered to a computer,

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but the computer lives in this backpack.

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The rest of this rig is capable of doing a bunch of other things.

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It is equipped with pads which trigger a physical feeling

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when things are activated.

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The door has just shattered in front of me, and across my chest it felt

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as if the rocks from that door smashed into me.

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The current generation of this kit does have its limitations.

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There are definitely limits, going upstairs or climbing

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are challenges that we will have to face later.

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It turns out the team at the Void can't just rely on technology

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to create this experience.

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I have been in illusion design and creation for over a decade,

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and it turns out that magic and virtual reality belong together.

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So you can take things like misdirection and psychological

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cues and place them together.

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Something touches you...

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Oh!

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Cobwebs, there are spiders everywhere!

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We can't see the headset view for the next bit as it is a bit

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scary for this time of day.

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As I stepped into what I thought was a huge cavern, I was attacked

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by a giant sea monster.

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This is the effect it had on me.

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It's moving!

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Ah!

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Off camera, fans blast cold air at me, simulating a monstrous roar.

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That was awful!

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I'm back in the real world, that was intense.

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The team here have collaborated with the moviemakers behind

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the new Ghostbusters film, creating an attraction

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for Madame Tussaud's in New York.

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But their ultimate goal is to create their own experienced

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centres, a bit like VR arcades, providing a host

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of different virtual destructions.

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Wow!

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Tell me that was incredible as it looked, because it looked

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incredible.

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It was incredible, a little bit scary as well,

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but a terrific experience.

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I suppose this is what VR has lacked so far, it looks brilliant

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because you can look and listen all around,

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but you can't actually feel the environment.

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I have tried a lot of VR games and experiences,

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and I think I might have trained my brain to know

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that they are completely false, there is nothing in the room

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that is real.

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When I see a wall I can't touch it.

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So at first it was a bit unnerving when I went into the Void

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and I could touch the surfaces, and when I sat in the throne

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it was really there.

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It really helps to sell the idea that you are in these spaces.

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Is this the future for VR?

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I think it is one possible future for entertainment VR.

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The idea of a lot of people going into one massive space

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and all playing games together at the same time is not a new idea,

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we used to have videogames arcades in the 80s.

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I think interactive videogame arcade might be a thing in the next decade.

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Pretty good. Absolutely.

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Hello, and welcome to the Week in Tech.

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This was the week that Google's Deep Mind team teamed up

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with the Moorfield Eye Hospital, to try to detect the onset

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of blindness.

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A million anonymous eye scans are being analysed for early signs

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of disease humans might miss.

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I will have to go in a minute, that will be the self driving robot

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delivering my lunch.

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Just Eat have joined forces with Starship Technologies

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to autonomously deliver food orders in London.

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The robots will be watched over remotely by humans,

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who can take control at any time.

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Hopefully they are not hungry.

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Ever thought hamsters on a hamster wheel are not really achieving much?

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No, me neither, but here is a solution anyway.

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The hamster-powered hamster drawing machine lets the energetic creature

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effectively take a selfie.

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This artist's nifty use of open source software has made it possible

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to translate the efforts of the hamster into a work of art.

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Finally, an engineer in Cambridge has spent four years and ?40,000

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filling his living room with one massive game of Tetris.

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Initially, James Newman just wanted to see how a transistor works,

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but he said he got carried away and now he has 40,000 transistors

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and 10,000 LED lights.

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Where does it go?

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There?

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Today, I am getting to take a big one off my bucket list.

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I am at Stanford University in Silicon Valley, and I am facing

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down a drone that can really look after itself.

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This is research that will help drones to fly smarter and avoid

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obstacles, be they natural or man-made.

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Honestly, I'm still more afraid of it than it is of me.

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So, the system knows where I am because I'm covered in reflective

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markers on my arm, my glove, my helmet and on the foil.

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So, you see the nice little wireframe depiction of me

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on the screen.

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It is sampling the entire world that it concerns itself with.

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It tries to connect a path through this world

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that is free of obstacles.

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But these obstacles might move and intersect with a path,

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it has to replan, and all of this is very computationally expensive.

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It could take days or months to compute, but we have to do it

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in a matter of a few milliseconds.

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How many times have you been hit by the drone and how many times did

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you hit it?

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How many drones have you been through?

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More than I would like.

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I think of it as like training a semi-wild animal, you don't know

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quite what it is going to do.

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It bites once in a while, but it has been going better

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recently, so we will say ten times.

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Let's say ten.

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I am so Luke Skywalker right now.

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My bad, probably...

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That is one of the most exhilarating things I have done today.

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The point of this is to arm drones with the ability to avoid things,

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pigeons, people, random fencers.

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But on a large level we will also need to be able to monitor drones

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as they go about their daily business, and that is

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what Kate Russell has been looking at.

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Los Angeles International airport, the seventh busiest in the world.

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Last weekend it handled a record 1.2 million passengers going home

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for Independence Day celebrations.

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It is not just people and aeroplanes that air traffic control have

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to worry about.

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Last year, there were 39 near collisions between drones

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and aeroplanes in Los Angeles, and almost 250 incidences

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across the US.

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It's something we are all trying to wrap our arms around.

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There is technology out there that we are entertaining,

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it is difficult to understand exactly how we can get our arms

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around that activity, especially in an airport as complex

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as Los Angeles.

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One system being trialled links official data streams and other

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useful information such as weather forecasts so that drone operators

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can fly more safely.

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All you have to do is fire up an app, so you can receive traffic

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alerts and know what hazards might be in the area you're in.

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As well as helping drones fly more safely, it also helps airports

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like Los Angeles know who is in their airspace.

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I got an exclusive look behind the scenes.

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You can clearly see the areas that show where operators

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are discouraged from flying.

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The three representations up here, if you click on any of them,

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will give you information such as altitude, numbers to call,

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who they are, when they made the request and the type

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of device they are flying.

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We can quickly establish a dialogue with a drone operator and suggest

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that they bring down their drone.

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This system is only a pilot, but it is clear that airports

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across the world are going to have to figure out how they manage

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air-traffic control of drones as they become more common.

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As difficult as it is, the skies are only

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going to get busier.

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Last month, the rules for drones were relaxed in America

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as the Federal Aviation Administration announced that

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operators can freely fly drones in daylight hours at altitudes

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under 400 feet.

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NASA is best known for putting expensive rockets into space.

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But the second letter in NASA stands for Aeronautics, and they are trying

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to get into the increasingly busy airwaves.

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You can get on better with managing the traffic and a team

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of researchers here at NASA.

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They are figuring out how to structure a broad platform to let

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drones exist with stakeholders.

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It is about large-scale visual line of sight and beyond that.

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Technologies on trial include live data bases,

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dynamic geo-fencing and sensors so drones don't crash

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into buildings, aircraft or each other.

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Largely, there will be flexibility for operators based

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on their business needs.

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Whether they are doing deliveries, surveillance or search and rescue.

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Technologies are still in their infancy with a lot

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of lessons to be learnt.

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The drone market is exploding, promising to double year on year.

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Whatever platform is adopted, it will have to be the ultimate

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exercise in rapid scaling to keep up with the demand.

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Back in Los Angeles, I am looking at something very sexy.

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It is sales data, some of the sexiest I've ever seen.

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The more information feels like a physical object,

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the more your brain goes to work and can easily understand it.

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I am in the company of a man who has devoted his life to developing user

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interfaces which turn data into visual things that our visual

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brains can understand and analyse.

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The more information feels like a physical object,

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the more your brain goes to work and can easily understand it.

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The human visual system is amazingly good at seeing patterns.

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We want to build large-scale interfaces to let people do that.

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We are inside the data right now?

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Inside someone's spending habits.

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I've been in worse places.

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This technology is already being used by large companies

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to visualise information on data that is usually impossible to get.

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The screens and animation are controlled by the wand,

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which can spin, zoom and fly through it.

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We can pull ourselves up to get a conference in view of the city.

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It is very reminiscent of kind of interfaces featured in the movie

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that has become a touchstone for this kind of thing,

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Minority Report.

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There is good reason for that.

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John is the man who designed the user interfaces

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in Minority Report.

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I had been at MIT for many years and I was building

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interfaces like this.

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The production designer for Minority Report visited,

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he said, I think this solves Stephen Spielberg's problem.

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I moved out to Los Angeles, spent a year designing

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the technical, architectural designs.

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For those who don't need the full experience,

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here is something a little more average.

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This is John's office collaboration tool, which allows many people

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to show and discuss their work on the big screen or on the wall.

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It allows anyone to use any device, the screens will appear on the wall.

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You've got tablets, laptops, those screens are being passed

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on to these walls.

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Then, anyone can grab a screen and move it somewhere else.

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When I say anyone, not just in this room, anyone in any

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office that is connected.

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Hello, New York!

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There, he's pinching at one of our images and taking

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it to New York.

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Out go one-person meetings, and in comes a free-for-all

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where anyone can show anyone anything, video feeds from the web

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or live footage from the office.

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The future is not just about sharing screens, it is also

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about sharing processing power.

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John's newest project is an operating system that

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would allow different computer programmes to interact with each

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other by moving the devices they are running on closer together.

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The data is now flowing through the signals

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in our analysis module.

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It means any programme can talk to the other programme,

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just like people.

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Compatibility?

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That is a rude word when it comes to technology.

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It will be a brighter future, if it happens.

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For years, Minority Report has been to go to vision of the future,

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almost a cliche.

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And yet, it is actually happening now.

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That is it for this week, we will see you next week.

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