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14/01/2017

Spencer Kelly and the team look at the latest developments in cars and home safety from Las Vegas. Plus Nintendo's new games console and tech news.


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This week, mice, madness, and... Mario? It's a me, Mario! Woohoo!

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Driving stateside can be a liberating experience. Wide roads,

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big trucks, massive cars, but add egg desert bottleneck like Las

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Vegas, it can be frustrating. -- at it. Come on. BEEPING. But today I am

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driving an Audi with more brainpower under the hood, sorry, bonnet. There

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is extra information about the speed limit and it also is telling me

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there is a red light that will turn green in about 30 seconds up ahead.

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Three, two, one. Green. The car is connected to Las Vegas's traffic

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management centre over 4G. It reports its position and be centre

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tells them how long until the next light turns green. It informs me

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about the left light if I turn left instead. And around we go. One of

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the advantages, says Audi, is that it is a bit of a stress and tension

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relief as you know you have some time before the light goes green so

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there is no point getting impatient. At the moment, this is only

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available in certain models of car, and only in Las Vegas, because this

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city has just one traffic management centre that handles all of the

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lights. Some cities have more than 100 different authorities in charge

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of their signals. So, one obvious use for this in the future is to

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feed into an autonomous driving system. If the car knows when the

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lights are going to go green in front of it, it can make a better

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driver itself, if it has some kind of backup data signal from the

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traffic management centre. It should get it right more if that happens.

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Which is a good thing. It is judging that I will not make these lights.

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Oh, and it is right. The car was right and I was wrong. Now, I do not

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know much about the car industry, but what I do know is getting into

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it when you are a new player is really tough, and complex. And

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expensive. Faraday Future is a company that heard all of those

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warnings and said, let us try anyway. How is that going for them?

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David investigates. Faraday Future, a new car company that promises to

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beat Kessler at its own game. Last year they showed us a scale model of

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a car they had no intention of making. This year they promised

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something more real. Introducing the FF91. They are pretty proud of it

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and say it can do zero to 60 very quickly. It can even mark itself.

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Just press a button and... RECORD RIP. It is being lazy tonight. It

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can park on its own. This is a 3-point turn. One of the reasons we

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do that is because we want to make sure all of the censors in the car,

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of which there are many, can get a full view of the empty spot to

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verify there is no one there. -- sensors. Look at that. Spot on.

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Straight. Quite impressive. It is all well and good, but it will be

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sometime before you can do this yourself. Each and every car park

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will need to be approved by Faraday Future before it will work. And

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there would need to gather data on the system so it is less chicken and

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egg and more chicken and a very expensive ar. They have promised it

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will be ready by 2018. There is a lot of potential but it is hard for

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them to deliver. It is our lot of dirt at this point. The factory. To

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build its car, they have planned a huge plant in the Nevada desert

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planning to become possible to make the cars next year. There are

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reports the factory is on hold because they are running out of

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money. It looks ready for construction but there is no

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equipment, no materials. And if they want this place ready by 2018, it

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doesn't look like they are making much progress. We are resource

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limited at sometimes. Things like this need to take priority.

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Construction of the factory has stopped for some point and it still

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looks like it is stopped. It will start since. Was it because of

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financial restrictions? It is a matter of keeping the cash flow

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balance between the projects we are trying to do. Not too encouraging.

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But the good news is if they ever release a car it will blow your

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socks off. Let us go! Oh my god! That is so quick. Oh my god. This is

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now the fastest production vehicle in the world. And we are just

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getting started. Well... Well it is not gritty useful on a school run,

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is it, really? -- very. That was David. Cars were certainly be big

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theme of last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. We

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went to testdrive some of the projects on show. I have arranged to

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meet Richard of Bosch, not to look at a washing machine, but a car.

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Wow! It is pretty science-fiction. It does. They have a rich heritage

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with cars. They invented the spark plug over 100 years ago. You and

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your facts. What does this card do that we haven't seen before besides

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look different? The personalisation feature is not too far down the

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line. The idea is it can pick up my facial features and know who I am

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and personalise the experience. It will adjust my driver's seat, the

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mirror, the colour scheme, the entertainment system, everything.

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That is pretty cool. Once you are driving is there anything it can do

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to make it more safe? You obviously want to keep your eyes ahead. What

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can you do? Gestures. In order to make gestures recognisable, what

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they have done here is introduce what they call ultrahaptics, this

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panel here, it is emitting ultrasonic waves I can feel tingling

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against my hand to see where I can gesture. Once I do my gesture like

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this, and I can programme a number of them, it will come up on the

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screen in front of me, a number of different options. Looking at a

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screen takes away from that idea of looking ahead, I have to say.

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Slightly worrying. But don't worry, I will sort out the music. That is

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even more worry in. If I move this around I am getting haptic feedback.

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Their risk vibration on the screen. In three different sections, that

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feels totally different. So it is almost like having physical buttons

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because you can actually feel what you are touching. But I still would

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not want to do it while driving. Is there a self driving mode? Is only.

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As it happens, this particular vehicle has won. All I have to do is

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press my thumbs against the panels for three seconds. Automatic driving

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engaged. There we go. Once I put this down, fold it down... Here we

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go. Amazing. Now we can relax! Yet, while Bosch are more about creating

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parts, the car manufacturers themselves have some similar ideas.

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Unlike the Bosch car, this BMW vehicle also uses haptic feedback.

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As a press my finger, I am moving towards a hologram being projected

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through this mirror on the panel here on a little projector. It is

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giving a futuristic appearance to things like text messages or even

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video calls coming in. It is a very narrow field of view which means the

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driver can see it only, making it a personal experience. It is not just

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about the driver, though. The entire car has been thought about. Even in

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the back there is more space in this car and it really is comfortable,

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giving a living room kind of feel. In fact, let's play some music. The

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best thing is everyone can play their own music so you don't have to

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contend with other people is dodgy playlists. -- people's. Meanwhile,

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the Ota's concept car wants to get to know you and find that your

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interest. -- Toyota's. The upcoming roads are flat. It will answer

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questions. It is beautiful out and a perfect day for a drive. It will

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track your emotions to try to learn how to keep you happy. Great. You

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seem very happy. Why are you speaking to him and not me? And more

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importantly, it will provide warnings of any hazards on the road

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hazard. Activating guardian system to avoid accidents. So, this is the

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connecting home part of the whole connected world from the connected

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car we will look at the connected fridge and... The only thing they

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have in common is that your car can be a truly connected part of your

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truly connected life. Hello and welcome to the week in

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tech. It was the week Facebook announced it would start trialling

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ads in the middle of videos, and Norway became the first country in

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the world to turn off its analogue radio signals. It was also the week

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the US military released footage of a test in California where it

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launched a swarm of 103 mini drones into the sky from fighter jets. The

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young man aerial vehicles were deployed to operate autonomously and

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it's thought the system could potentially be used to carry out

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surveillance in the future. And with AI system is one of the hot at the

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moment, it was only a matter of time before something went a bit wrong.

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Amazon's E went rogue and started ordering dollhouses. A TV station in

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America covering the story about a young girl using the device to

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purchase a house was inundated with complaints after viewers' own

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devices apparently overheard the network reporters saying Alexa, buy

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me a... Better not say. And for years we've been hearing all about

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the wonders of grapheme. Well, engineers at MIT have decided to

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kick off the year by actually doing something about it. Using the 3D

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printer they fused flakes of grapheme into a spongelike object

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and in doing so have created one of the strongest 3-D materials ever.

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It's thought the newfangled product could be used in the construction of

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aeroplanes or buildings. Hello, I'm Charles and I'm the voice of Mario!

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And Luigi too! And Wario! And baby Luigi and baby Mario! Let's go! And

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that was Charles, the voice of Mario, Nintendo's most famous

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character. And he's helping us to introduce Minty's brand-new games

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console. It's a little bit different as you might expect and Marc has

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been trying it out. Nintendo Switch is an unusual games console because

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it does a couple of different things. Firstly it's a portable

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machine. It's got this tablet like touchscreen with a seven 20p

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resolution, it can be played out and about on the move and when it docks

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in this little station here, like Mario after he has chowed down on

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those power boosting mushrooms, it supercharges the machine graphics

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capabilities up to ten 80p full HD and can be played on a normal

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television becoming a home console. The controllers which Nintendo has

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dubbed joy columns can fly off the side of the portable unit and they

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can be configured in a couple of different ways. The individual parts

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can be used for multiplayer and when it stopped, the player can use a

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separate controller or plug them into a battery pack, turning them

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into this beast. Now be enjoying cons have a number of different

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motor control features that can be demonstrated in this mini game here

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called QuickDraw and weirdly what it does is it pulls the player away

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from the screen and towards one another, and to that end I have a

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cowboy opponent here and we're going to have a shootout. So let's load

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our weapons, let's get ready, this is where you get your best thing

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he's wood on. And I live to fight another day! -- Clint Eastwood. But

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what that shows is that the designers are thinking differently

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about the kind of games that can be played using this device. As far as

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games are concerned, in the works is a new title for the portly Italian

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plumber, the real world set Super Mario bodice and The Legend of

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Tarzan Zelda, breath of the wild. The last console had a bunch of

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issues from day one. There was an additional controller for their

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already macro we console but it was a brand-new console. With the Switch

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they have the same issue again but this time they have to nail down the

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third-party support and getting more of the core gamer back on board with

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their product. Perhaps the biggest hurdle for the Switch is its price.

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At ?279, the Switch might have a tough time against its rivals from

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Sony and Microsoft. We will find out when it is released on March the

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third. @BBCclick, here we go! Everybody, Meech Archibald.

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Archibald, meet everybody. Archibald is living in a box for a

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couple of days to help demonstrate a phone attachment that can see

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through walls. This is Viar, which translates from the Hebrew to see,

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and that's what this Israel company is helping us to do. It has taken a

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large radar system originally used in breast cancer screening to shrink

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it into a tiny box. Using an app to tiny up the image, its ability to

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see through walls might stop you accidentally drilling through a pipe

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when you're trying to put up a picture. In fact, it can detect more

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than just pipes, it can actually detect people who may be approaching

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on the other side of a wall. Viar is pitching this as a single sensor for

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the Smart home, which can sense very subtle movements and detect which

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direction they're coming from. Up there on the ceiling there's an

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array of 20 antenna which are scanning the room for movement in

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great detail and crucially they can detect movement in different parts

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of the room. For example on that bed over there, if she was to stay

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really still copy you will see her craft on the left go very quiet.

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While I'm making it go completely crazy. If I now hold my breath...

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You can see how this type of sensor could alert someone if someone else

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stops breathing. Hence this is being pitched as something that could act

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as an alert system for elderly people, although it can also monitor

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the quality of anyone's league by measuring how active you are during

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the night. As we move towards a world where we want to monitor

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everything, this is an interesting alternative to putting up cameras.

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Today the world is going towards more connected living so we have

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connected houses and cars but people don't appreciate having a camera

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inside their bedroom or bathroom, so it doesn't provide a visual image

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like a camera does and it is applicable in privacy sensitive

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situations. That directional nature of the censoring means a system can

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detect when a high thing like a person standing up in the shower

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becomes a low thing, like someone who has fallen over in the shower...

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At which point, it sounds the alarm. As well as preserving privacy, this

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system has other advantages over a camera. The radar can see through a

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steamy bathroom and even in the dark. Although if you're showering

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in the dark, well, you can expect to fall over sooner or later. Lara

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would have been much more careful. I would have put down a nonslip shower

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mat for a start, but mind you there is plenty of things at this year's

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EES looking to make the home a safer place. This home robot even wants to

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become part of the family. I love you! For a start it's creators told

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me in no uncertain terms that he must be called he or she rather than

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it, I'm going for she. She is part Nanny and playmate because you could

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use her to keep an eye on the children but at the same time she

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could entertain them. She has four microphones around her head, so she

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has directional sound, she also has a high-resolution camera in her left

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eye, she has ... She knows about it if she bumps into things. Look at

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this! Hey, can you read me a story? And as well as never tiring of

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rereading the same bedtime story, she can do this. Hey, Curry, go

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hide! One, two, three, four, five... All a bit of fun if you put aside

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the idea that parenting would be a rather worrying drop for robots to

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take over. And four when there's no robot nanny around, here's a way

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keep things safely out of reach. I just need to unlock the covered.

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That's it. This smart block connects to a mobile phone app which means

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you can decide who has access to the covered as well as opening it and

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closing it via your phone. It also means you can keep things safely

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away from kids or any visitors if you don't want them getting their

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hands on something in your cupboards, and if anyone who isn't

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meant to open the cupboard does then you will receive a tamper alert on

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this. It can also be set to simply unlock whenever you're in the

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vicinity. But what can be a tricky issue to overcome is how to keep the

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whole family safe online without blocking out the things they need.

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This is the prototype of a Wi-Fi route that aims to bring together

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powerful Internet antivirus and parental controls across the whole

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network. Each member of the family will have their own profile so it

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means for kids you can choose what times of day they can or can't get

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online so at home work time they can't be tempted to go online if

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they're not meant to, and you can also pause the Internet so if you

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want to get everyone to the table, it might be a little bit easier. If

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a child tries to look at a website they shouldn't actually be looking

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at then it will come up with this page. From there they can make a

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request to look at the page if they think it's important to them and

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then that request will go to the parent who can make a call on

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whether it is suitable. There's also a crowd ranking function which is a

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way of parents saying they find the website appropriate or not and that

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will be shared with other users as well. Meanwhile, with so much talk

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of Alexa and other virtual assistants at this year's EES, this

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prototype was... It isn't very functional heart the moment but when

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ready it aims to provide a cloud based virtual assistant as well as

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full control over your Smart home. But not everyone can walk into the

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room to operate it. To add a bit of safety into the mix it has to know

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you and it will either recognise you using this camera for face

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recognition or know your voice before it carries out any commands

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you request. It can create scenarios like when your activity tracker

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knows you've just done a run, the heating will be turned down. OK, I

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get that's not ideal for other people in the house! While all this

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may make it appear gadgets can safely take control of our gadgets

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and our homes, it does beg the question of whether we actually want

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them to. That was Lara and I've been out of

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bed for precisely the length of that report. About time I turn in for the

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night but oh no, I've forgotten to make the bed. Fortunately I've got a

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smart duvet, which means that from anywhere in the world I can click

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the app and the thing makes itself. It's got an inflatable sheep inside

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and the idea is you programme it to do this at any time you want on any

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day you want. Yes, it is a bit noisy but the idea is you're not meant to

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be here when it does it. It might scare the cat mind you. But that's

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not the end of the story. If you're a slaw or you sleep with a snorer

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then pay attention because tonight I am sleeping on Nora, which is an

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anti snoring device you put under your pillow. If this microphone

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detects the sound of snoring during the night, it will activate this

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silent fan which inflates Nora, moving the pillow and your head just

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enough to reactivate your throat muscles, open your airways and stop

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you from snoring. You can track how many times it's been activated

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during the night on the app if you want, or you can just have a good

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night's sleep, safe in the knowledge that whoever else is in the room

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with you is also getting a good night's sleep.

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