29/10/2016 Click


29/10/2016

This edition of Click goes down under at one of the world's toughest drone challenges. Plus tech to keep safe and augmented reality glasses with Pokemon Go. Includes tech news.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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researchers at Imperial College London have their way. This Roman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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is being able to transfer the power wirelessly over much larger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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wirelessly on promote charging stations could mean a lot more

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

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people is the ability to recharge medical implants using this

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technology. We are especially interested in the pumps placed in

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

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

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

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infection that could transfer through the puncture in the skin can

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

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being used for military surveillance, recharging from base

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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hour. Our reporter on the ground was there.

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

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

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

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

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many complex aspects of this treacherous challenge. The big

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difference between this challenge and other drone challenges is the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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disaster strikes. Smoke! It's coming down.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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challenge teams have also had to invent novel blood carrying

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components, with detailed instructions on how to use them.

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

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

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

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and land vertically but upon reaching altitude it transforms and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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takeoff and landing with eight independent props, making sure it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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felt the world was short of aerobatic Caterpillar powered by

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

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

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

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

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artist and makers from a wide variety of disciplines. Bursting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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city, and where these networks of flying machines influence our

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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graphics cards have become, at creating pretty realistic images on

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

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a theory that sounded frighteningly familiar. There is a philosophical

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thought at the moment that is being bandied around about simulation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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to remake and wearables. This is the headquarters in San

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

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

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

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

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industries recognise the potential of AR, the technology has had

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difficulty training -- gaining traction with mainstream consumers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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though, is the potential of augmented reality technology for

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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hopefully, will have phone signal and internet connection in your

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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friends, family or even the emergency services can also be

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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their unique talents, some of the technology is actually pretty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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filmed with amazing guests and amazing technology. If you would

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

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

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

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

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watching, and we will see you soon.

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