07/01/2017 Click


07/01/2017

The Click team is in Las Vegas at the massive electronics show CES. Featuring all the new innovations including concept cars, electric bikes and tiny computers.


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This week internet fridge, finger phone, garden car

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and privacy pants.

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Right, let's get 2017 started in style, shall we?

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Flashing lights.

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Check.

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Modest understated hotels.

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Check.

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Lots of people queuing for photos of a sign.

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Check.

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A motorcycle vest with built in airbag?

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Oh!

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Check.

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Every January, Las Vegas hosts the massive Consumer Electronics

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Show and if you have a product to launch,

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you want to launch it here.

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And that's why I am being followed by a drone,

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specifically, the hover camera passport drone.

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First one I have seen which follows you, not by tracking a signal

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from your mobile phone, but instead by locking on to a face

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in its camera view.

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Come with me.

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You can tell it which face to follow by tapping on it in the accompanying

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app on your phone.

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And the latest version will let you scan and upload your face

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to the drone so it can find and recognise you automatically.

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The theory is that you then don't need the phone at all.

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The drone knows and loves your face, just like a loyal puppy.

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A flying puppy that takes cool 360 orbit videos or snaps photos

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when you raise your hand.

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And with guarded blades and sensors underneath to help it steer clear

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of obstacles, it certainly seems safe and light enough to fly

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in amongst other people or indeed to grab it out of the air

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and fold it up.

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Hence the name - passport, you see.

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Unbelievably, CES is now in its 50th year and in that time it's got

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big, very big.

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The show has spread beyond the walls of the Las Vegas Convention Centre

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to the surrounding hotels and we have seen all sorts of ideas

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come and go in those five decades.

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The event might have grown, but the technology,

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of course, has shrunk.

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The TV screens have got so thin that they blend into the walls,

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so thin you can peel them on and off.

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This is a fully functional Windows 10 PC.

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And when I say this, I actually mean this.

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This is an Intel compute card and it is a complete computer.

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It has a processer, storage, memory and Wi-Fi

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and it is about as powerful as an ultra-thin laptop.

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Although I think those laptops are looking decidedly overweight,

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don't you think?

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Although actually personal computing isn't the first place that you'll

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see these things.

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You are going to see it in things like digital signage,

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intelligent vending machines, and kiosks.

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In the home you are going to see it in smart televisions.

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You are going to see it in home hubs.

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You got a couple of great benefits.

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One of them for the consumer is this easy ability

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to upgrade their device.

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So instead of buying a television and then having to replace the whole

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television three years and you want to do intelligence

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in it, you can just replace the compute card.

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So it may be that one day we really do carry our computers

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around like this.

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We pop it out of the screen at home and pop it into the car on the way

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to the office and then pop it out of the car and pop it

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into the screen at work.

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The question is would we ever want to when we already have these?

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This is more medium-term future stuff anyway.

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There have been some more immediate things announced here at CES.

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Here's Lara Lewington with the details.

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The show floor is full of exciting stuff but the TVs really

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are a big deal.

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They're illuminating the floor with their dazzling pictures.

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But Sony say their display is resoundingly different,

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featuring their new acoustics sound technology.

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The audio doesn't come out of a traditional speaker.

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Instead, it's generated by the vibration in the screen.

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If you weren't impressed by the back light free OELD TVs with their every

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pixel lighting up individually, then I can tell you the back light

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is back in the QLED screens from Samsung.

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This time, it's made up of quantum dot nanocrystals aiming to provide

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a great picture wherever you're seated in the room.

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TVs aren't the only household electronics on display here, though.

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This LG fridge has a fully interactive display.

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You can even press this button and turn the door see-through.

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Not that you actually need to because there is a camera

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inside the fridge for anybody who thinks it's too much effort

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to actually open and close the door or wants to see

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their fridge from elsewhere.

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That camera will also mean that you can receive alerts

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to your mobile phone when food's due to expire.

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Plus, it will tell you when you need to buy things and seeing

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as the fridge is connected to Alexa it makes it rather easy to do that

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through Amazon, funnily enough.

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And virtual assistants seem to be everywhere,

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with Alexa even being integrated into a Ford car later this year.

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Meanwhile, Olly here is even supposed to understand your

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emotions.

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I am so excited to meet everyone here...

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It looks like we'll be speaking to many more of our gadgets in 2017.

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Let's just hope they understand us.

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Most people understand that if I do this with my fingers it means

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give me a call on the telephone.

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However, if I am wearing this strap when I make that gesture my hand

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becomes part of the telephone itself and can send and receive calls.

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The strap has a little body conducting unit in here which sends

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vibrations down my hand and when I stick my finger

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to my ear, they become amplified sound.

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There is a microphone just in the strap there,

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so I can talk into it.

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Let's just see if that works.

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And it does.

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Even though we are at a busy traffic intersection here I can actually

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hear a test signal coming through from the mobile phone.

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This is the prototype.

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The finished thing looks like a normal watch strap and can be

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fitted to any old watch.

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When you want to hang up, that's simplicity itself.

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All you have to do is take your hand away from your ear.

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Health is once again a big theme here at CES.

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And whilst more people than ever are following gluten-free,

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dairy-free or other sorts of specialist diets,

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they don't necessarily need to be unless they've had

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a proper medical diagnosis.

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And that's something that this device aims to overcome by helping

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people create the perfect diet for their own personal digestive

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system.

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Air connects via bluetooth and its mission is to miniaturise

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a breath test that gastroenterologists have been

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using since the 90s.

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It analyses reaction to various forms of carbohydrate,

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such as lactose or fructose.

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This is based on the idea that if you consume a food that you can't

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break down, then it will foment in the gut and from that point

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chemicals will disperse into the blood stream,

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that blood will be making its way into the lungs and when you breathe

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out you'll be able to analyse how well that food has been digested.

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So once it learns what works for you, it should be able to help

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you customise your diet as the finished app's food database

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indicates how likely you are to react to any given food.

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So if you find the answer all that's left to do is actually stick

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to the lifestyle and diet you need to.

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Now then, I am officially calling it, this year's big theme

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at CES was cars.

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And, as always, it's often the most outrageous concepts that grab

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all the headlines.

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Rinspeed has previously proposed a car with its own deployable drone.

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Well, now it's got one that has a space age cockpit with more glass

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than a greenhouse, which is quite fortunate because it has a garden

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in the dashboard.

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Yes, that's a garden in the dashboard.

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Why?

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Well, so you get a nice smell when you're driving,

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of course, and you can even take part of it

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with you when you go shopping.

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Don't forget to switch the fan on, so you get that lovely whiff.

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Actually, a lot of the more serious car stuff is happening in small

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steps incrementally, so it's harder to grab the headlines.

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That said, Marc Cieslak has just been for a couple

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of extraordinary drives.

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There's a certain German car-maker that boasts of building the ultimate

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driving machine, but here at CES 2017 most of the motor manufacturers

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seem intent on building the ultimate self-driving machine.

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It isn't just motor manufacturers that are showing off

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self-driving vehicles here.

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They're doing it with the help of tech companies, as well.

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This vehicle is fitted with a system called BB8,

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which has been created by NVIDIA, a company most famous

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for manufacturing high end graphics chips.

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Artificial intelligence software which learns helped by sensors have

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trained BB8 to be able to make driving decisions.

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Here an obstacle has just appeared in the route

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that we were going to take to get to the other end of this track.

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The car has decided that they'll not drive into that obstacle so it's

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driven around it.

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And now the obstacle is going to be gone on the next time around

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on the circuit, so let's see what decision the car makes then.

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There we go, it carries on driving down the road.

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NVIDIA is partnering with Audi to introduce similar technologies

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into its future models.

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Driving around a car park is one thing but how do these autonomous

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vehicles perform out on real roads?

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Electronic supplier Delphi has partnered with driver assistance

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and sensor outfit Mobileye and created a mini fleet

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of autonomous Audi SUVs which are driving around

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Vegas during CES.

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There are 24 different sensors spread out across the body of this

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car which allow it to drive autonomously and what I am struck

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by is that you don't notice any of them.

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You can't really see any of those sensory devices.

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They're hidden.

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This car is an indicator, if you like, of how autonomous

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vehicles will look in the future, which is pretty much like any car

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does in showrooms today.

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Those sensors include lidar, radar and cameras all around the vehicle.

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Here we can see what the car sees through them.

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Identifying other vehicles as well as pedestrians and behaving

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accordingly as it weaves its way through traffic.

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So, I am a rear passenger in the back of this self-driving car.

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And so far zero dramas apart from looking forward and noticing

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that the driver doesn't have his hands on the steering wheel

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I could be forgiven for thinking that I am actually being driven

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around by a human being.

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The thing is, we have been driving around in prototype self-driving

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cars for a couple of years now.

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How long is it going to be before cars like this are available

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to buy in showrooms?

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There is quite a wide consensus among the industry that 2021

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is the time where the technology will be ready and after a number

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of years where society will start gaining confidence in this kind

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of technology then society would be at the point where the driver can be

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completely out of the loop.

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With that 2021 goal in mind Mobileye announced in partnership with BMW

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and Intel it will be testing 40 autonomous vehicles on real American

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and European roads in the second half of this year.

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So, the countdown has begun.

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Autonomous automobiles are most definitely on their way.

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That was Mark with what we think is the most complete autonomous

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driving system that we have seen so far.

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Now if you're looking forward to your fully self-driving car,

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there is a problem.

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At the moment in the US there are 320 million cars

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on the road but they only make about 16 million new cars every year

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which means even if from today every car that was manufactured was fully

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autonomous it would still take at least 20 years to refresh

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the entire fleet.

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So here's an idea.

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What about retro-fitting your existing car to

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make it self-driving?

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Well, this is Exmatic and this is a system that does that.

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It's still in prototype at the moment which explains

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the hilarious computer under the driver's seat there.

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But what you will do is stick a lidar sensor on your roof,

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a couple of cameras in the windscreen and then I guess

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the most important parts are the robotic wheel which turns

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the steering wheel here and the levers which operate the pedals.

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And this could be an interesting interim solution while you are

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waiting for your fully autonomous car for about 20 years.

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Replacing the entire fleet of vehicles is one

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aspect of the problem.

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The other aspect is the fact that 90% of the vehicle remains the same.

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All the mechanical parts are pretty much the same.

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The parts that get you around.

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And so in order to add the brain you would have to chuck the entire

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car and get a whole new car.

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And what we're saying is you keep your car,

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and we give you the brains.

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Now if you are someone who preferS the wind to be

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rushing through your hair, CES also offers plenty

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for riders as well as drivers.

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Hence that airbag vest for bikers which detects a sudden change

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in speed and inflates just before impact with shocking

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force, it has to be said.

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Well, I suppose the point is if you are having an accident

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then you really need something that inflates fast.

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I have to say, it nearly caused me to have an accident.

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LAUGHTER

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And now we're all nicely cushioned, here's Dave Lee with a selection

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of CES's rideables.

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Ha-ha!

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This is surely the most fun you can have on a beach

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with your clothes on.

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The Super 73 is an electric bike that can hold enough charge

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to travel for more than 25 miles.

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Its top speed is 27mph which on Newport Beach is certainly

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enough to get the wind in your hair.

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You have the thumb here.

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Don't press on it just yet and the two brakes right here.

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So are you ready to go?

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You go first and I will follow you. Follow me.

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Go. Oh!

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Ha-ha!

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The bike was funded via Kickstarter where it raised almost half

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a million dollars and now each bike is being carefully crafted

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here in Orange County California.

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We have every machine needed to create an entire bike.

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There's some days where we have got, you know, 30, 40 bikes

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being welded in a single day.

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That's to ensure that everything is done properly,

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safely and will hold up for a lifetime.

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The batteries it needs are getting more affordable,

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they're getting lighter, so it means at CES this year

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we are seeing a host of interesting ways to help us get around.

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One Chinese company unveiled these bikes.

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They're powered by normal pedals but they have the android mobile

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operating system built in so you can track your progress.

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And then there is things like the Movpack.

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This is a regular pack, with one movement you can turn it

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into an electric skateboard, that's actually easier to ride

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than a regular skateboard.

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Here is something slightly more traditional but with a modern twist.

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This scooter isn't electric, but it does bring your social

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networks right into your dashboard.

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Can't people go ten seconds without seeing an e-mail?

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I would not want to see my e-mails for ten seconds, that's good.

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It can go up to one minute.

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One whole minute?

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Yes.

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But it's perhaps more futuristic ideas like this one from Honda that

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really get the imagination going.

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This concept car is more about having something that

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you don't necessarily own but you kind of just call it up

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whenever you need a vehicle to pop to the shops or do some

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of those small errands.

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It will drive itself to you, pick you up and when you are done

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with it you can just let it go itself.

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That was Dave Lee.

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Meanwhile, I found something much more sensible, which is a VR

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skydiving simulator.

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And now we are going back to Lara and also Richard Taylor to see

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what choice morsels they found on the CES show floor.

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Argh!

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Virtual reality is everywhere this year at CES, as you might expect.

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What you might not expect is that it's being used

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to demo other technologies.

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In this case, wireless smart home monitoring.

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What I and other guinea pigs have been witnessing through this headset

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are what you normally can't see in your average home.

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Wireless signals of different frequencies and varying strength

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represented here by pretty multicoloured balls all bouncing

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around the furniture and spewing from your electronic devices.

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Using these normally invisible signals the company behind it,

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Cognitive, has developed a device offering a completely new way

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of keeping tabs on your environment.

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Two units in there.

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Aura is a simple two-piece patented system consisting of this white box

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and a smaller sensor which plug into the wall and

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connect to your Wi-Fi.

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Together they form their own network of very low power signals

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which spread across your home passing through walls,

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floors and ceilings.

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The companion app monitors this spectrum data and alerts

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users when the signals have been disturbed.

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It can even differentiate known members from possible intruders

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by the signals coming from the smartphones registered

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users might be carrying on them.

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We are sort of looking at it as a thoughtful security system.

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So, obviously cameras are very good.

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They have their place.

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But they are limited in terms of what they actually look at.

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So you will need like maybe three cameras or something in your house,

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where this is extending to a larger degree over your house,

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you are seeing more of your house and what's happening in it.

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As well as tying into home security, Cognitive is looking beyond,

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like in retail, where the tech could build up a virtual heat map

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of where shoppers are congregating, although of course there are privacy

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aconcerns around this.

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Introducing Emerald...

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Other outfits too are seeing the potential of this wireless tech.

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MIT researchers are developing a product called Emerald which uses

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wireless signals reflected off people's bodies to alert care givers

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when someone has fallen over.

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The device apparently measuring heart beats

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as accurately as an ECG monitor.

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In fact, they say Emerald will soon be able to read somebody's mood

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by detecting subtle changes in their breathing and heart rhythms

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and perhaps adjust the smart home heating system accordingly.

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It's easy to imagine other scenarios, too,

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like ad agencies monitoring people's emotional responses to commercials

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and shows in real-time.

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The possibilities are truly enormous and for some of us that prospect

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alone may just be a little disturbing in itself.

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Ava has been dubbed the fertility fitbit.

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Unsurprising, when it's a bracelet that looks like this although it

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only actually needs to be worn at night-time.

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With one in eight struggling to start a family as easily

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as they had hoped, stories like Sarah's aren't unusual.

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We tried for in total six years by the time

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we had my son to conceive.

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Four years before we went through any form of treatment.

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We went through IVF.

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We did during that time use a few different apps,

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I tried to track my period and fertile times but my cycle

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seemed to be a bit all over so it wasn't very accurate and I found

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it was adding more stress.

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It syncs up to this app where it combines temperature,

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heart rate and sleep tracking with the information you provide.

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But how keen might women be to use it?

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I think whilst I was going through it, yes,

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I would definitely have tried it.

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The cost would have been a consideration but I would have

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tried it because I would have thought it's claiming that it can

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increase my chances, you know, it's measuring different things

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so it must be more accurate than inputting the data myself

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but having been through it and looking back in hindsight

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the pressure I was putting on myself and my relationship and how I felt

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through that, I think something like this would put

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even more pressure on.

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One expert raises another question, though.

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Body temperature monitoring is a great way to assess ovulation

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which has been a standard practice for many years although one has

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to say that it's not a very accurate way of assessing it.

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Now when you bring in sleep, heart rate and other sort of various

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additional bits that this bracelet also measures that is slightly

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irrelevant to fertility.

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So why have they chosen to include them?

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We have been conducting clinical research on how those parameters

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correlate with hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle

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and we have clearly seen correlations between the factors

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we are measuring, such as pulse rate and the menstrual cycle and we have

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been proving that it's 89% accurate with the method we

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are using right now.

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And seeing as we seem to be able to track everything these days,

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there is something for the men, too.

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This smartphone accessory incorporating a microscope aims

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to provide a male fertility test without the need

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to go to the doctors.

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Samples are analysed and results can be recorded and saved.

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That was Lara and if you are a man who's worried that your fertility

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might be affected by keeping a mobile phone in your pocket

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you might be interested in something else that we discovered here at CES,

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which is spartan underwear lined with metallic silver fibres

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which apparently block most of the radiation from your phone

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to your most precious parts.

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I think they feel a bit snug myself.

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But insert your own joke here.

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That's it from CES.

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We're back in Vegas next week.

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Follow us on Twitter in the meantime at BBC Click.

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