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This week, DNA crimes. Keeping you save on the streets and flying


high... Oh, no! Drone down! Drone down!


From a drone that can deliver blood, to one that can balance a stick and


throw you a ball, there does seem to be no end to what this tech can do.


But for as long as we've covered drones there's always been one major


shortcoming, battery power. But all that could be about to change if


researchers at Imperial College London have their way. This Roman


doesn't fly very high and it really isn't going to go very far, but it


is still very impressive because it has no battery. -- this drone.


Whatsoever. It is getting its power wirelessly from the power transfer


pad underneath. So there's no battery and so I can stick that


underneath just to prove there are no wires. That is wireless charging,


or wireless power transfer. The breakthrough the team here have made


is being able to transfer the power wirelessly over much larger


distances than that used in say phones or electric toothbrushes. One


of the things that we targeted straightaway was the fact that we


wanted to get large distance. So we weren't just trying to do the phone


charging where you are in contact with the charging pad. Fundamentally


to do that you needed to upgrade the system at a higher frequency. But to


get the system to be efficient you have to go up in frequency by a


factor of up to 100, which is a challenge. While you wouldn't really


want a drone that doesn't have a battery, being able to charge on


wirelessly on promote charging stations could mean a lot more


flying time. One of the things that will make a huge difference for


people is the ability to recharge medical implants using this


technology. We are especially interested in the pumps placed in


the heart, if you have a weak heart muscle. At the moment they require a


wire through the skin to provide power. The data we can transform


wirelessly, but the fact that we can now transfer power means any


infection that could transfer through the puncture in the skin can


be completely avoided. But in the new -- near future Paul can see it


being used for military surveillance, recharging from base


stations or even in the air, like other larger drones. That is, as


long as they can actually stay airborne. And actually it turns out


that there is already a use for autonomous drones that can fly


steady distances. To explain more, we have to go to Australia. A couple


of years ago we met Outback Joe. He needed water to save his life and


drones came to the rescue. Now our flying friends are back. Just


outside Golby, in Queensland, the world's toughest drone cop edition


is about to kick off. -- Dalby. Ten teams are competing for the price


and this year the challenge is more complicated. Their drawings must


take off, locate Joe, land, collect a blood sample for his doctor to


analyse and return safely to base. All autonomously, all in under one


hour. Our reporter on the ground was there.


Here he is! Joe, the man himself, standing tall and he is supposed to


be standing cossies meant to be someone capable of placing at blood


sample into a drone and arming it for takeoff. -- because he. But it


is much more difficult to see from up there. And that's just one of the


many complex aspects of this treacherous challenge. The big


difference between this challenge and other drone challenges is the


great distances involved. The teams are flying about 23 kilometres to


get to this site. It is very challenging because it's a very


cluttered environment. Joe is deliberately in a rough area, there


are big trees around, there are farm buildings. That makes it extremely


difficult and then they have to fly another 23 kilometres to get back.


To be in with a chance, teams have come up with all shapes and sizes of


winged warriors. So, as the race begins, let's cross to Nick.


First up is this Canadian couple who hoped to fly to victory with their


custom drone. It seems to be drifting on the wind. But there hope


is shortly to, as one of their drones comes tumbling down. From


this point on it is about returning to base. So it is in the truck and


off to track down the wayward plane for a manual landing. This year,


teams are allowed to enter not only on but a secondary communications


relay aircraft too. Great for maintaining a to base, but the rules


stipulate that if one goes down the other must return directly home.


With the circulating planes safely landed, the judges call an auxiliary


support to locate the crashed aircraft. We are just going to have


a bit of a look, see if we can have a view from above. It is in a nice,


big, green field, so an eye in the sky will give it a help. But even


from the sky the drone was impossible to spot. Back at base,


this Thai team prepped their custom topper for takeoff and it soon blast


off for Joe. Using a video games controller they scan the screen for


visible Bell possible sightings of Joe. They have found Joe, but then


disaster strikes. Smoke! It's coming down.


We found Joe. We tried to get to him but smoke was coming out first and


it crashed. One of the differences between this challenge and other


drone challenges is it is incredibly realistic. We've chosen a place


where it really does flood, we've chosen a realistic farm, we've


chosen a totally realistic to rein and there are tall trees, uneven


ground and the distances are about the same sorts of distances that you


would get between a cut-off area in a flood and town. So it is the


realism we are after and getting teams to develop the technology, so


they can actually solve the problem in the real world. And being cut off


from healthcare is a real-world problem. The drone takes developed


here would one day be life-saving. -- drone tech. As part of the


challenge teams have also had to invent novel blood carrying


components, with detailed instructions on how to use them.


Again, just slide it in and there is a click mechanism inside. Now, they


say necessity is the mother of invention. Well, for these guys that


meant creating this beauty - heil the delftocopter! This can take off


and land vertically but upon reaching altitude it transforms and


can repel itself forward like a plane. It's especially designed


broker can control pitch during the transition. The team also built


custom auto software and took things to a new level using an elevated


platform to get the signal up and above. Its special downward facing


200 degrees cameras means that when flying horizontally it can still see


the ground and having two of them did depth perception as well. --


gives. Like an invincible Phoenix, there are fixed wing flew and


then... Terminate. The judges say to terminate, you are in a tree. Oh!


The Australian gum tree. The tree was 22 metres high. You need luck.


Bad luck for Mav Lab and the losing streak only worsen. To Nick for more


in the ground and in the air events. With so many crashes, a storm is


brewing. It is such a difficult task, with ceremony criteria to be


met, that even a little wind can make all the difference between


success and catastrophic failure. So what of the reigning champions,


Canberra? They won the last challenge and have returned with a


souped up version of the fixed wing plane Felix. They've added Virtual


takeoff and landing with eight independent props, making sure it


stays airborne if one of them blows. And a chopper to being signal back


to base. The team captain, Andrew, developed the autopilot software


that most of the teams are using, meaning they have a keen upper hand.


It is a complex butterfly type pattern. That's how we approach Joe


from every angle. And he is off! On board, they've developed a special


Joe detection system, that analyses photos for any unusual objects. They


then do a visual study on each. But he is soon feeling the heat. No


moving the truck please. I need the shade. I've got Joe. Yes, they've


got him! It is now a race against time to get back. Touchdown! Mission


complete. In the end, Canberra's chopper didn't return home but a


winner was still announced. The winner is Canberra UAV. Everyone


that got up flying is a winner. It was a tough challenge and we didn't


finish the mission but as a team I think we did very well and I think


all the teams who got here did very well. This event has been absolutely


amazing, so thank you so much. It's a great achievement but they're


still clearly a lot of work to do before drones can autonomously


perform such complicated tasks. So, what for the next drone challenge?


Welcome to the weak Intech. It the week that Uber's self driving truck


made the world's first autonomous truck delivery. And if the


recipients wanted to raise a glass to celebrate, conveniently it was


transporting 50,000 beers. It was revealed smartwatch sales last


quarter only resulted to 2.7 million, less than half the number


sold in the same period last year, and it was also the week that


Microsoft announced an update to Windows ten, featuring 3D creation


and editing tools, does a range of the art headsets to get your... Head


around what you create. The Samsung note seven saga continues, as it


reveals one third of Europeans haven't returned their devices. But


we will get an update that prevents the battery from getting over 60%


fall. No, not Laura, Lara. As in Lara Croft, but less adventurous.


Sorry, I've got to go! It is also the forgive anniversary of people


spelling my name right, or the launch of the first to grade again.


The hit franchise turned 20 this week. -- Tomb Raider. And if you


felt the world was short of aerobatic Caterpillar powered by


light, fear no more. -- robotic Caterpillar. This is made from


liquid components. It can squeeze into small spaces and move objects


ten times its size. Maybe it needs its own activity to the next.


Welcome to Somerset House in London. This place is home to over 300


artist and makers from a wide variety of disciplines. Bursting


with creativity, every turn revealing something inspiring. I've


come to see a small exhibition that celebrates the opening of a new


studio space. A lot of the works on display here feature some kind of


tech, a real testament to how technology is shaping our lives and


inspiring artists to think about its impact on society. In this short


film, creators visualise a time when drones are constantly monitoring the


city, and where these networks of flying machines influence our


decisions. It is a future where we are monitored by flying security and


traffic cameras, and shouted out by airborne advertising. -- shouted at.


I'm watching is the London-based musical duo Patterns' latest video.


It is on show here because of the way it was created. Instead of lots


of computers rendering the scene of the several hours, this is a


videogame's engine to render it in real time. Shadows, reflections,


rain, all done in one take. This is a testament to how good video


graphics cards have become, at creating pretty realistic images on


the go. I caught up with the creator of the work, Tom, who told me about


a theory that sounded frighteningly familiar. There is a philosophical


thought at the moment that is being bandied around about simulation


theory, which is the speed technology is moving, with more's


law and the singular Arti and all that, our future ancestors, when the


technology is there, why wouldn't they start to Sydney late history?


So there are some people who think it is more likely we are living in a


simulation right now than we are living in what would be deemed as


reality. And one of the reasons, one of the items people have, is the


speed that games technology is moving, because that is just a


simulation of a train carriage, but with a lot more compute in power you


could simulate this room, this building, this country, this world,


this universe. Now onto another type of tax that has also been made


possible by real-time graphics. Augmented reality. By projecting


graphics on top of the real world, we have seen it the inn used to show


people how to fix things, or give them a taste of walking on Mars.


Microsoft is currently experimenting with a our with Kholo Lends. --


experiment in with AR. But the big players are not alone in combining


to remake and wearables. This is the headquarters in San


Francisco of a company called OD G. Here, it manufactures and AR headset


called the R seven. At the moment, this device is primarily a tool for


the workplace. The grasses are a soft contained had warned computer,


running a version of the Android operating system. But while lots of


industries recognise the potential of AR, the technology has had


difficulty training -- gaining traction with mainstream consumers.


That was until only this summer, when a lot of people went to pocket


monster mad. Pokemon Go and Snapchat have shown that the consumer is


ready for augmented reality. We just have to present the right platform.


Holding a phone, a mobile device, makes our hands tied. You do it once


in a while and then it loses its charm. But augmented reality


immerses you. It blows your reality with the digital world. So once a


platform exists, the people will adopt it. One of the developers here


thought, why not adapt Pokemon Go, a game designed to work on


smartphones, for this headset? After about an hour fiddling with the


code, that is exactly what he managed to do. And it is exactly


what can see right now. -- what I can see. Where are you? Sneaky


Pokemon, where are you? There you are! Got my ball. That's it! Looking


for Pokemon inside an office is OK, but the real test of this bit of kit


is to take it outside. Now, of course, all of the game's visuals


are on the headset in front of me, which means I've got far less chance


of actually walking into anything. Pokemon Go on this headset is a bit


of fun, really. At just over ?2000 they are not cheap. But that is


because they are designed for industrial use. This does prove,


though, is the potential of augmented reality technology for


consumers. If you will excuse me, where is that Jigglypuff?


Ever feel vulnerable when you are walking alone? Well, I've been


taking a look at some of the latest devices that are hoping to keep you


company. Students at this college in London's Brixton have created ICE,


as in "In case of an emergency", a connected panic button with big


ambitions that has recently gone into crowdfunding. This is what the


finished product will look like. To avoid false alarms you need to


unlock it before pressing the buttons. At the point it has been


activated it will send an alert with your location to the emergency


services, and also, not just your contacts of choice, at the contact


closest to you at that point. It will also send an alert to other


people who are on the platform, who are nearby at that time. Who,


hopefully, will have phone signal and internet connection in your


seconds of need. An alert can also be activated through a smart watch,


by simply using a SafeWord. Asparagus! We have got several


ambitions for the future. One is that when you see somebody needs


your help, on your phone, as you arrive close to where they are, the


map on your mobile phone will dissolve and your camera will turn


on, so you will start filming of the incident, where you are, and will be


streaming back to the police. Another short-term ambition for ICE


is that we want to make this as common as possible, because the more


people that have it, the more people can come to your rescue. So, for us,


we are driven by how cheaply can make this, or make it free, so that


we can put it in as many people's hands as possible. The most recent


figures for England and Wales suggest adults have a one in 33


chance each year of being the victim of a violent crime. But despite the


fact you are on likely to ever need to use a gadget like this, just


knowing it is they may give you that extra peace of mind. If you are


walking home alone or going out on a date and you want to feel that


someone who cares about you is watching over you, well, the "Follow


me" function on the React app could come in handy. They will be alerted


to keep an eye on you and track your GPS location for your chosen


duration. Hopefully they will not be a problem, and once you have arrived


at your destination they will be able to see where you are, fast you


can actually tell them that you are fine. Alerts to contact your


friends, family or even the emergency services can also be


activated at any time by pressing this red button on the app, all this


physical button. This is called the Reaction Sidekick, and sinks with


the app. On first testing it seemed picky glitchy, but then it became


apparent I needed to have the settings right, which were not


obvious. You must accept the option to track your location even when not


using the app, and you also need to make sure that your chosen contacts


are stored with their international dialling code. So with this, and


indeed all these devices, it is probably wise to do a test run


before you start relying on them. While these products may all have


their unique talents, some of the technology is actually pretty


simple, as in, just a button that connects to your smartphone. Click


is a customisable smart button. Connected to iPhone and you choose


the function for a single click, a double-click or a hold of the


physical button. You can take selfies, change the lighting, or


even turn it into a personal safety device. From there, it can send


alerts with GPS location to your chosen contacts. Last the devices


may do what they say on the tin, they are still only as good as the


discipline you have been keeping them charged up and to hand, in case


they do ever need to be called upon. Now, just before we leave you for


this week, we have something very exciting to tell you about. On the


14th of November we are going to be recording a very special episode of


Click in front of a live studio audience. It is going to be at the


BBC's radio Theatre in London, and as you would expect, it will be


filmed with amazing guests and amazing technology. If you would


like to be in the audience, then here is the link you need. That is


where you can apply for tickets. We are really looking forward to it and


we would love to see you there. In the meantime you can follow us on


Twitter. That is it from Somerset Houseful stop thank you for


watching, and we will see you soon.


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