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what they got up to, in the Click-mas special.
This week, a Click Christmas with digital jumpers,
hatched technology and tie fighters.
Hello and welcome to the annual Click get together.
Cue Christmas cheer.
We have everyone here, Jen, Steve, Nick, Laura,
Mark and Kate Russell.
I have sought out a little Christmas gift for you.
Thank you very much.
It's an egg.
It is an egg.
Inside it is a hatchable, it's the latest robotic, interactive toy.
It's got loads of sensors and it's for ages five and up and your child
basically has two nurture the ache in order to hatch it and then it
breaks its way out of the egg and then you teach at games.
You care for it, basically.
We have to feed it.
You're going to be a daddy.
Thank you very much.
I shall name you later.
Better put it somewhere not on the table so we don't
accidentally eat it.
We have had some adventures this year.
We have been all over the place and Click is a 52 week a year
production, so it is difficult to get the whole team in one room.
This is the kind of thing we have been doing this year.
I am so Luke Skywalker.
Half a billion pixels on display here.
Some of the most extraordinary athletes you will see this year.
Say hello to the Mega Bot Mark II.
The world's highest glass walkway.
This is absolutely stunning.
This week we are going to look back at some of our best bits from 2016
and we start with a really positive story in a place that you wouldn't
think there was any positivity at all.
Earlier in the year, Jen went Jordan, to the border
with Syria, to look at some of the innovation happening
in Syrian refugee camps there.
I went to Zaatari, the biggest refugee camp in Jordan.
There are 80,000 refugees living there and it's actually
a community of makers.
I was fascinated to find out and they are making some incredible
technology out of some very rudimentary things in the camp.
The main street here in Zaatari is called Champs Elysee.
It is a play on two things, the Champs Elysee in Paris
and the word Syrians refer to Damascus by,
There are several hundred shops lining this street and you can find
everything from bridal dresses to vegetable shops,
barbershops and even quite a few mobile phone shops.
Technology here is being used in inventive ways to ease
daily life here.
The camp is a community of makers and one of the most innovative
people we met is Safwan.
Three years ago Safwan fled the violence in Syria
with two family members.
They all have disabilities and struggle to get around
on the unpaved roads.
He wanted to have more independence and designed an electric bike around
spare parts he found.
Giving refugees access to technology and education is the focus
of a group called Refugee Openware.
One of its start-ups is focused on fabrication technology,
including 3-D printing.
Assam was an ambulance driver in Syria and lost his leg
in a bomb explosion.
As well as customising his prosthetics he helped a young Yemani
boy, named Zain, who lost part of his hand in a fire.
They were able to include elements of Zain's favourite cartoon
character, Ben 10, in the design, all for just 75 US dollars.
Assam also helped develop a 3-D printing system using haptic
feedback for another Syrian refugee named Ahmed.
He was blinded by a sniper shot that went through his eyes.
The echolocation system helps guide him to walk around unaided.
They are planning to open fabrication labs in a refugee camp
in Turkey and in the North Jordanian city of Irbid.
It is a small but positive step to harness the talents of people
forced into exile and help integrate them into a new country.
That was Jen and for the next part of the programme I have had to clear
the room because there is a serious danger to human life
in this next item.
Is that not right?
It is exactly right.
The last few years, one of the biggest gift people have been
getting is, of course, drones.
Now, for the next few Christmases a Star Wars movie will be
released as well.
As it should be.
Combine the two and what do you end up with?
Star Wars drones.
Now, there is something special about these drones,
isn't there Spencer?
They are not just drones we can fly about, we can actually
engage in combat.
They are armed with infrared guns which means you can fly them
about and then press the fire button.
You are going to get your best Anakin Skywalker on,
well it would be Luke Skywalker because you have the X-Wing
and I have Darth Vader's Tie Fighter.
When a shot is registered we get a rumbling in the controller
and you have got three lives there as well.
Feel the force.
The force is strong with this one.
Talking of which, you met an amazing flying man this year.
A man who flies like a bird.
His name is Yves Rossi.
He has an apprentice now called Vince who is based out in Dubai
and he is the Jet Man.
He has built and designed this enormous jet wing that allows him
to fly in excess of 100 mph at about 5,500 feet.
It is really quite remarkable.
We went for a flight with him and saw what he does.
Jet Man's training centre is based at this hangar in the desert outside
Today, I am going to watch him do his jet powered thing up close.
How are you feeling?
Ready to fly.
In this hangar, Yves and his team maintain the jet wings
which are capable of flying at 189 mph.
You are not flying solo anymore?
No, that is the big advantage now, to have a friend with me in the air.
Vince has plenty of airborne experience as a three-time
world champion skydiver.
As a kid I would watch the magazine and I would see what Yves was doing
as a pilot and as a pioneer of wing shooting and flying.
I would see who he was.
Outside the hangar, things are getting a bit noisy.
This is why we got up early.
Our ride has arrived.
With the chopper on the flight line, it is time for Yves to become
the Jet Man.
No flight would be complete without an inspirational soundtrack.
I notice that as well as lacking doors, this particular helicopter
lacks seats in the back as well.
OK, 20 seconds until launch.
That is without a doubt the most bonkers thing I have ever seen.
So, we can just see Yves in the distance.
He is flying formation with the helicopter.
There he is.
He is going to fly parallel with the helicopter right now.
Oh, my word.
You will believe a man can fly.
He has got about eight minutes' worth of fuel on board that.
Here he comes again.
So, we are just coming into land now, but Yves is going to land
by a slightly different method.
Just in the distance out there, you can see him.
His parachute is deployed and he will land right back
at his hangar.
Truly incredible stuff.
As you can see, we have reached that part of the Christmas dinner now.
I will crack on, though.
My most memorable moment of the year was when I visited Cern
and the Large Hadron Collider and had a jolly good cry.
Having a moment.
We were really lucky to be able to see inside the collider
and the CMS experiment because they they had opened it
up for cleaning.
Even better, we filmed the whole thing in 360,
so you can take a peek inside.
Welcome to the largest particle physics laboratory in the world.
Right now, you are standing inside Cern, the European Organisation
for Nuclear Research.
You have got a view that very few people will ever see.
We are about 100 metres beneath the Swiss-French border
and above you is just one of the experiments
at the Large Hadron Collider.
Itself the largest machine in the world.
In a few minutes we will head up there.
On that cherry picker, to see what happens when you smash
particles together at close to the speed of light.
Before we do, let me show you what kit you need to get things
going that fast.
So, here we are walking along part of the long circular tunnel that
houses the LHC.
That is it next to you, that is the Large Hadron Collider.
That collection of magnets.
It is a 27 kilometre long loop.
There are four experiments on the LHC and ten accelerators
in the complex which, together, accelerate bunches of particles
to close to the speed of light.
This cavern contains the CMS experiment.
Although there is nothing compact about it, if you ask me.
This is one of the places that helped to discover the Higgs Boson.
So, that big shiny pipe above you is connected
to the tunnels that we were just in.
When the beams of particles are going fast enough,
tiny adjustments are made to bring those two beams together until,
right here, they collide.
In an instant, the particles are smashed to pieces
and it is these even smaller particles that the CMS can detect.
It is an enormous sensor that looks pretty fundamental building blocks
of the universe.
By using even higher energy collisions, the Cern scientists hope
to find other particles and explain mysteries like dark energy and dark
matter, which makes up 95% of the matter in our universe.
This is big science performed on the tiniest of scales.
That was Cern in 360, and this is the Clickmas
table in 360.
Everybody wave at the camera.
The brilliant thing about filming in 360 is you can do really weird
things with the picture on normal TV, like this.
You can also feel like you are genuinely sitting in the middle
of our table on a candle.
If you go to the link on the screen, you can see us surrounding
you, about to eat you.
The man behind the 360 show is this man over here.
Steve Beckett, who is wearing the beautiful augmented
reality Christmas jumper.
What do you think of this?
It is a little bit scary. It is a little bit scary.
From one engineering marvel at Cern and to another engineering
marvel now that spans two mountains in China.
Dan Simmons went to the oldest national park in China.
Tucked away on the edge of this World Heritage site,
someone has decided to build a bridge from the middle of nowhere
to the middle of nowhere.
Unlike me, they hope, the thousands of visitors
who will come here will not be too scared to look down.
300 metres through the highest glass walkway in the world.
These are the final days of construction for this three-year
project, more than 300 engineers have worked through all weather
conditions to build what is also the longest glass-bottomed bridge
in the world.
A breathtaking 430 metres.
Crossing the Chinese Grand Canyon.
The walkway itself is just 60 centimetres thick,
so the challenge to keep everything stable has required
some fresh thinking.
70 glass balls are to be positioned on the springs along the walkway.
They have been designed to move to counter any swaying.
These curved railings will persuade up to 800 visitors
to keep changing direction.
Offsetting the resonance caused by hundreds walking
at a constant speed.
Our hosts were keen to show just how safe I was.
Each panel of the walkway has three layers of toughened glass
held together by glue.
It looks like you can see the top glass has shattered here.
Do you know what, I think this might be safe.
OK, guys, we get the point.
That has to be the finest shot that anyone in this programme has
shot in forever, surely.
OK, fair enough.
One of the other amazing things we saw this year
was in Zurich when we went to see the first bionic games.
That was brilliant.
It was incredible to see the latest in robotic arms, prosthetic limbs,
motorised wheelchairs, brain controls, an amazing day.
It was also a competition for the people who created the devices.
66 teams from all over the globe have been designing,
building and training for this very unique competition.
Disabled athletes, known as pilots, will be competing using
advanced assistive devices.
It is the brainchild of this man, Robert Reiner, a professor
for sensory motor systems at ETH Zurich.
It is an event for people with disabilities who are allowed
to use any kind of technology.
That technology helps them to better perform in daily life activities,
so we are focusing on the challenge of daily life and allowing
technology to help people with very severe disabilities.
Each of the six disciplines will have qualifiers in the morning
before the grand finals in the afternoon.
How do you win?
Simple, get round the course or through the obstacles
in the shortest time while incurring the lowest number of penalties.
The powered arm prosthesis race is not just about power,
it is about precision and reliability.
The teams need to come up with the best ideas
to help their pilots grip, twist and balance their way along
the obstacle course.
The race is designed to test how well pilots can work
with their prosthesis to complete tasks that would typically be
challenging for them.
Yes, this is the race where the mightiest tech
in the world can be foiled by the humble clothes peg.
What is the next challenge you feel you could reasonably overcome
to better the product?
The next thing that is a big technical challenge that
would improve the functionality is the touch sensitive
nature of the fingers.
There is no feedback at the moment in commercially available hands
for getting the signal back to the body.
The ultimate victor was a group of biomechanical engineering
students from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.
Together with their pilot, Bob Ridoce, himself an expert
in prosthesis, they went for a slightly more established
This means that physical movements like reaching forward
or lifting your shoulders are used to control the device.
While this gold medal idea might have won the day, in the end,
just crossing the line was enough to send most teams home happy.
The wheelchair final was a much closer run thing for the four
finalists, and again you can really see the variety
of ideas and designs.
The Hong Kong team went for these caterpillar tracks,
which made short work of the rumble strips.
That is not a wheelchair, that is a wheel tank.
That lack of suspension really gave the pilot a rocky ride
on the uneven ground.
And balance was the big issue as these chairs
arrived at the stairs.
The climax of the event, with three pilots all reaching
them at the same time.
As the Hong Kong pilot had to endure being thrown about,
Florian Houser showed off the clever weight-shifting feature
of the Swiss chair, which ensured that he did not topple over.
In the final seconds, the Swiss team came from third
place to beat Hong Kong by just five seconds.
Now, that was a tiny snippet of what was a really special show.
If you missed it or would like to watch it again,
it is still on iPlayer.
Just scroll back to October.
It is nearly time to go.
First we have to check on our hatchling here.
How is it doing?
It has hatched.
There it is.
It is a beautiful thing.
Wake it up.
Wake up, little hatchling.
Now it grows up and you teach it things and one of the fun things
you can do is teach it to speak, so you can say happy
Happy Christmas, Spencer.
Joy, the world has just become a better place.
It is for ages five and up, and the side-effect of it hatching
is these tiny bits of plastic do break off, so if you have young kids
around, obviously be very wary that you shouldn't leave them
to their own devices.
These are a choking hazard.
Take care, but otherwise it is cute.
One more world first that we took part in this year.
This year, Kate and I hosted Click's first live show in front
of a studio audience.
Is there anybody there?
That was interesting.
Are you ready?
I said, are you ready?
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Now, if you were not lucky enough to be in the audience, don't worry.
We recorded the whole thing, and we will be showing highlights
and behind the scenes stuff from the show
on the programme next week.
Thank you very much for watching our Clickmas special.
There is only one thing left to do, which is the word's first 360
degrees cracker pull.
I am the winner.