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Now one BBC News, it's time for Click.

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There was a time when a launch meant a launch.

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It was something big, something special,

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Something could go into orbit, or go up in

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These days, launches also look like this.

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This week in September, the

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Apple is fuelling the good ship iPhone.

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Sony has started the PlayStation countdown.

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And everyone else has been over at EFA launching

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Or is everyone just having a launch because they

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And if you can't get to space, these days,

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It's whistling past Uranus and on to Neptune.

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Yes, I got my hands on the first device to use

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Google's Project Tango, something we saw a few years ago.

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It is a 3-D sensing system that can learn about

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twin cameras to determine and remember the distance to

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And that should lead to a more intelligent augmented

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reality experience, which means you won't just be playing

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gimmicky games any more, you will be able to do

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sensible things, too, like furniture office.

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sensible things, too, like furnish your office.

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spruce up and you can drop in a new stool or two.

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This isn't the first interior design application

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that I've seen, but its depth perception should make this kind of

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And if you want to rip up the room and start again,

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there is this rather finicky tape measure

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limitations of those sensors at the moment.

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However, on the few occasions we have got it to work

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properly, I can confirm, 1.5 metres, that it is right, which is better

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That is the smart furniture sorted, so now all we need is a smart home

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Over to Jen Copestake at Europe's largest tech

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There are many new Smart home technology concepts launched at

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Over the past two years, we've heard a lot about the internet of

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things and making our products more intelligent.

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The halls here in Berlin were dominated by ideas to

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From refrigerators growing herbs to quick

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drying hair extensions, and of course, the connected iron.

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For ?1500, you can get this connected

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You may ask why you need it, but it is quite useful.

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You can teach yourself how to iron through the application by making

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There aren't any sensors in this cover but you

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have folding lines so you can perfect your technique with kids'

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clothes or men's shirts, and there is a fan in here that keeps

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Connected kitchen concepts are everywhere here,

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including this rather impressive display from Panasonic.

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The technology is really in the background.

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The comfort and ease of

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This includes a sake a fridge that not

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only maintains perfect temperature and humidity of each bottle but

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recommends recipes to go with your drinks and is connected to sensors

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in the fridge that keeps an eye on when your ingredients are running

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low and orders them from an online shop for you.

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All this data is passed on to a very clever hob

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which starts heating up to the right temperature to cook your selection.

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The induction heaters extend to your table so you can keep

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When you've finished cooking, you can relax and watch

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television on a transparent glass door in your cupboard and receive a

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notification that your laundry has been folded by the robot next.

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notification that your laundry has been folded by the robot next door.

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Slightly more practical than a laundry robot,

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a Chinese company has made a washing machine that features

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two drums and an application to control them when you're away from

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The question is, how many people are actually using any of

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There is a strong technological push right now,

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Consumer pull in Europe is slow at this time.

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I'm sure it will grow and our brand will

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Robots have been integrated into smart concepts, too.

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These cuties are called sandbots and are similar to the robots we saw

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serving food in China earlier this year.

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They are designed to do a wider variety of jobs, including health

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People sometimes say I'm too tubby to be a security guard will stop

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This robot has sensors all over its body

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and will chat to you when you

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touch it, and do a dance on

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But the cutest home robot I've seen yet is Sony's concept

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Complete with a screen in his tummy, he made me a

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coffee and played me a song afterwards.

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Amazon's Smart Speaker, the Echo, and represents Sony's plans to

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expand into intelligent robots that can develop an emotional connection

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This can be expanded into manufacturing facilities,

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logistics, for example, elderly health care.

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And so, we will start small with things like a home

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robot, but there is so much more in terms of applications of the

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We will cover those areas in a big way.

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Putting those technologies to the test, Panasonic

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announce a future smart city project right here in Berlin.

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By 2018, 69 flats will host families selected to

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They will test facial recognition and artificial intelligence

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platforms to assist elderly residents.

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It will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells and solar

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panels, have electric cars and collective

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decision-making by the

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tenants on areas of technology to develop.

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This could bring smarter and more connected ways of living

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for all of us before the next decade.

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Hello, and welcome to the

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Whilst Apple, Sony and others seem to have been screaming

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from the rooftops this week about their launches, it seems the

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After cancelling orders for the Note 7 due to a small number of devices

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exploding after charging, UK users were told

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they would be in line for

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Google scrapped plans for its customisable on the go modular

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And in a whose side are you on twist, Warner Brothers

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inadvertently requested its own website be taken out of Google

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search, suggesting it was in breach of copyright.

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Thanks, hopefully my furniture and books

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will arrive, too, as Amazon are taking on competitors, bringing food

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Amazon and restaurants will be for prime users

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Oh, it's only available in some postcodes.

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And finally, a Pokemon go play in Russia could face

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up to five years in jail after filming

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himself playing a game in

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He is reportedly being held in prison, charged with mockery

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of religious beliefs while he awaits trial.

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He is appealing against the

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Now, if you want to hurtle into no man's sky on a video games console,

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But will it be the current PS4 or the new one?

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Here is Mark with full launch coverage.

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PlayStation head honcho Andrew House didn't waste any

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time announcing the worst kept secret in games at this week's Sony

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system that is slimmer, lighter and more energy-efficient.

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Bizarrely, there have been reports online that

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PlayStation 4 Slim is being made available for sale on eBay weeks

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before the console was even officially announced.

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Weird distribution issues aside, the Slim

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is just that - a PS4 that's been on a diet.

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It shares the same specification as the current

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The big news was saved for the announcement of the console

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previously known as PlayStation Neo, but now dubbed...

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A more powerful version of the games console with a one TB hard

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drive and upgraded hardware which supports improved graphics when used

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Weirdly, it doesn't have a UHD Blu-ray player.

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While the improved graphics and big upgrade in resolution from the ten

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80p high definition is currently created

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by the current machine, the

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new console has extra brightness and improved contrast.

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Games such as Horizon zero Dawn were demoed

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showing off the machine's improved graphics.

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Sony also suggested the existing PS four games could be

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reworked to produce the higher resolution

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images that the probe is

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The Pro also has extra processing grunt which will be used

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to improve the visuals on the PlayStation

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also but is this two-tier console ecosystem a good thing for gamers?

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It means there is a lower price console for those people who

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couldn't afford to buy the higher specification.

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At the same time, it is obvious there is a better model

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out there, and anybody who has the lower spec model will probably

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Sony is not alone in the new console arena.

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Nintendo has a new machine waiting in the wings, dubbed the NX.

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There is not much that has been confirmed about it, but we know that

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technically it will be less powerful than its rivals.

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Microsoft already has its Xbox one Slim, which also

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supports HDR and streaming for K video, plus an ultra-HD Blu-ray

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It also has its own hard-core piece of upgraded hardware

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in the works, called Project Scorpio.

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Microsoft has an advantage, having brought out the Xbox One S with

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the ultra-HD Blu-ray player, which makes it

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They have the chance to see what Sony is going to do, to get

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the PlayStation for pro, pull it apart, see what is inside and make

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sure they can better it with the console

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that comes out towards the

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For now, Sony's fired the first shot in the latest

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The console launches on the 10th of November.

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But sometimes we really do want to see the detail,

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and although our eyes can manage it, our cameras can't cope

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with the difference between a really bright background and a foreground

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Which means you can only expose for one or the other.

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Personally, I would prefer the background.

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And it is only this year that a decent range of TV sets

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It is called high dynamic range, or HDR, and it will show a greater

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range of brightness from content filmed on new HDR cameras.

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Now, different systems do it in different ways,

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but one way of achieving it is to capture each frame of video

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more than once, with different exposures, so that you can see

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the detail in the bright bits and the dark bits at the same time,

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something made abundantly clear by this Nasa project,

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which turned an ordinarily overexposed rocket burn into a thing

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Well, don't know about you, but I am ready for another launch

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now, so let's head back to IFA, to see which next-gen TVs have

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We have seen a lot of innovation in television over the years

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In fact, it has been 50 years since LG created its first television.

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To celebrate, here at IFA they have put together this

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It is made of 216 55-inch curved TVs.

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There are almost 500 million pixels on display here.

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But it is not the amount of pixels that have caught our attention this

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High-definition televisions create more contrast,

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with brighter whites and more details in the shadows,

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TVs classified as HDR have to meet the standard of brightness.

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This is measured in something called nits.

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It measures the intensity of visible light.

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There are two kinds of HDR television we have looked at,

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ones with dots or ones with Oled displays.

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We went behind the scenes to see the quantum dot technology.

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That's right, they are so small we have to put them into liquid,

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When the light hits the layout, we can see the different sizes that

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Quantum-dot TVs are essentially a new type of LED-backlit LCD TV.

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But there is less light wasted in the new sets,

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To demonstrate, Jose measured the purity,

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A spike in the reading shows the colour purity.

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These Samsung TVs are capable of achieving over 1,000

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In comparison, a regular LCD TV can achieve about 100.

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In comparison, a regular LCD TV can achieve about 400.

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Heading across the conference floor, Panasonic is backing

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These TVs can't yet produce the same levels of brightness as the quantum

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dots, but they don't have a backlight, so each pixel

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on the TV can be turned off, leading to darker blacks.

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The key with Oled is they can create perfect black.

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And what Panasonic have worked on a lot is taking that panel,

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which can create perfect black, and using our advanced processing

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to be able to show the shades of grey just above black.

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So you are not having just blocks of black on the screen,

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you are seeing detail in that black area.

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Our whole Panasonic ethos is "as the director intended."

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So we actually have here in this display, we've got a reference

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monitor, a reference Oled monitor, the kind that is used on film sets,

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and what we are trying to do is reproduce that on our screen.

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So I would say Oled is better for when you sort of pull

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the curtains, watching a movie at night, whereas LED is great

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for bright rooms, perhaps lots of people watching the football

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But they have both got their place, I think.

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There is another thing to think about when choosing a HDR TV.

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There are two standards for providing HDR content.

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One is called HDR-10, it is open-source, used by most TV

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companies, and the other is Dolby Vision.

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With more data, it is available in more colours, but it is not

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LG is one company that has it for both formats.

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If you go and see the other companies, they improve the same

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It is not really fixed at this moment, some people are using HDR

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Dolby Vision, so no-one really knows what is going to be the standout

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So it is good to have both for their TV, for future-proof.

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And, if all that wasn't enough to think about,

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the BBC and NHK have approved a new standard called

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Hybrid Log-Gamma, compatible with both HDR sets.

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Have you ever rushed for the car and driven off,

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only to later realise that you've forgotten something important,

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Well, if you are that type of person, you may be familiar

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These are little tags that you can attach to your valuables,

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and they talk with Bluetooth to your smartphone.

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And if you leave something behind, and the distance gets too great,

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You connect your phone to the car, and up on the screen comes a list

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of all the items that you should have with you.

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And I know I have got my umbrella, for example,

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If I want to find my keys in the car, just press

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Now I don't remember bringing my wallet with me,

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so hopefully that is here in the car.

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There is the tag, inside a wallet which needs some

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I promise I will do that this summer.

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Annoyingly, the thing I have forgotten is my rucksack.

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It does, however, give me a map showing where it was last seen,

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which was just across the way, through the deluge.

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Once more into the breach, dear friends.

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Right, launch time again, and arguably no-one does launches

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Apple's events create more hype than any other,

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and these were the scenes on Wednesday, as the iPhone 7

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It is now waterproof, it has stereo speakers,

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and the larger version now has two cameras,

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a wide-angle and a telephoto, which means you can choose your shot

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size without losing quality by using a digital zoom.

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But by far the biggest impact was made by the removal

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of the headphone port, something that has been a standard

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Your choices now are buying new headphones that use

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Apple's Lightning connector, buying new, rechargeable wireless

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headphones, like these new EarPods, for ?159 -

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Or using your current headphones and this adaptor.

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Oh, and the Apple Watches now are water resistant,

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and will tell you if there are years Pokemon nearby.

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Dave Lee is our man in San Fran, and he was at the launch.

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You have had a couple of days to ruminate on Apple's announcement.

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Well, we didn't think it was going to be a massive,

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massive improvement on last year's iPhone,

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Incremental improvements, not a huge year in the history

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But I think people, as ever, were impressed with what Apple has

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OK, so the big talking point is the removal

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So do you think, when you open your iPhone 7 box, you are going to get

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a nice pair of iPhone 7-compatible headphones in there?

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Well, you are not going to get the wireless ones, I can tell

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They are $159 if you want the new cool, wireless EarPods,

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as they are called, but you will get an adaptor.

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It is a bit ugly looking, could be a bit fiddly if you have

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to have that always with you in your pocket.

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But that is their workaround, and Apple are sticking to it.

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A week packed with launches, but have any of them been the moon

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Have any of them boldly gone, or even gone boldly?

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We have had headphones that are a bit better,

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improved, and TVs with slightly more colour.

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And everyone, make sure you remember where you were when you saw Pokemon

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