04/03/2017 Click


04/03/2017

Click goes live in 360 from Europe's largest tech conference, MWC in Barcelona. Plus we put air quality devices to the test.


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This week: smoking streets, burning fruit and keeping our cool as we go

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live in virtual reality. We are about to put a whole new spin

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on the world of mobiles. We are at the Mobile world Congress in

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Barcelona devoted to phones, tablets and all things mobile. Although, if

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we look a bit distract the it is because we are preparing for a

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rather audacious experiment. It is not that we are not interested in

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the floating displays, flash cars, smart shoes all robot drones, it is

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just that we are about to bash out something a lot more complicated.

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Last year we found an entire programme in 360 degrees allowing

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those watching to look around the fantastic locations simply by

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turning their heads in whichever direction they please. That is the

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power of 360, you feel like you have been teleported into the situation.

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We also have the ability to stream 360 live so imagine that, the next

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time we send a robot to the men if it has a 360 camera on board, we can

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put on a pair of goggles and feel like we are there as well. So that

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is what we doing today, ready to go live in a 360, not to the men

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admittedly, but to a place that is still a pretty strange landscape.

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Here we are at the MWC. Enormous homes of madness and noise as

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everyone tries to launch their products with maximum pizzazz and

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volume. This event is not just about mobiles, virtual reality is

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everywhere. Since you can use the phone as a VI said, many strap

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people in and held them about. VI can be totally immersive if you have

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your rain 360 chair. -- your very. I do not want to think what kind of

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experience this chap is having. It is more about the camera equipment

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you can and cannot use. You are currently watching it through a

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Nokia professional 360 camera worth about 45,000 US dollars but it is a

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beautiful looking thing. It has at lenses so you can see in all

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directions but also shoot in 3-D because the combination of lenses

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allows that. What is really weird is it has this enormous battery pack.

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This thing has a blind spot to about here. Said they have this almost 360

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view and stretch it around. Modern cameras will stitch the scene

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together, automatically wrapping the weird video into a sphere around

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your head and that is what enables them to go live. If you wanted to

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stream the full 360 view, you are going to need some extract it.

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Hardware boxes and Internet speed. In a trade show like this, we are

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not that lucky. The thing we have to accept in the early days is that to

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get really high-quality, stereoscopic video, so you can

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really look around and feel a sense of depth, it is going to take a

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while. There are bandwidth problem and just having equipment that can

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transmit and that amount of data, when you look, the picture gets

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rendered exactly where you are looking. It will take a while but we

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are starting. We are going to be doing two lives, testing to

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different cameras and this is no mean feat because as with last year,

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we are coming to this before the manufacturers have made bespoke

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equipment. To get the picture, sound and interaction, we have to pack

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together various bits and hope no one trips over. My microphone goes

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into a transmitter which goes into a receiver which goes into a box which

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plugs into another box and another mile of Internet cable which is

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going to a network access point here than in the garden. The first camera

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is for lenses which between them can shoot in whole trial higher. --

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ultrahigh. The viewer only sees are part of these as they look around

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the scene. At the moment, it is not showing us anything we have. We are

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a bit blurry in London. It was our very first attempt so things were

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bumpy and rough around the edges. -15 minutes ago we were supposed to

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go. We are going live now. That said, it seemed to hang together and

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viewers on our you cheap 360 channel got to find out a bit more about a

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car planning to go at a house in miles per hour. Three engines. To

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name on jets. Rockets. And you need three of them. To get to 1000 miles

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an hour. The gas turbine is for your manoeuvres and then the rockets fire

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you up to give you the kick to over a thousand. Streaming such a

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high-quality picture takes a lot of data hence we have to use that why

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Internet connection but for our second attempt, we went commando.

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The Ricoh camera is the one we used to shoot the helicopter scene last

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year. It is only to Kate, same as a high-definition picture but what you

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see is much lower resolution but it means it is possible to stream the

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video live over the mobile network which is what we did, in style, with

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a drone. A taste of what it is like to be so close to a drome, you might

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lose a limb. Weird. Very soon, Ricoh is releasing an update with more

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connectors, expandable storage and it will do the stitching in the

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camera itself rather than needing a computer. For now, we were pretty

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happy with our experiment and very soon there will certainly be more

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fully integrated chips to let us go live in 360 with much less bother.

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When we went to film the collider, we had to stitch the footage

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together manually, using a powerful computer and software and many, many

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hours. Since then, that cases been released. It has one remote. It also

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comes with a box that does all the stitching. In a couple of months, it

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will release an update which allows you to do that live. And if you want

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to create your 360, this tiny camera plugs into your Android phone. The

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videos are not live but the stitching is quick and you can share

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it easily on your social network. Anyway, in a 360! Let's see some

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phones. -- enough 360! A couple of years ago we got to play with the

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Sony camera which could shoot video in super slow motion and we

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discovered that everything looks cool when it is filmed 40 times

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slower... Well, almost everything. So it is not real surprise that

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technology has been shut down and down and made its way into a phone.

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This is the new Sony premium and it can feel at 960 frames her second.

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Which is great news for glitter borders everywhere. To do this, Sony

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has had to invent some super fast storage into the image processor

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itself. The problem is, because there is only so much space, you are

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limited to only short bursts of slow Mo every few seconds within your

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video. It is right when you want to catch something in super slow motion

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that is going on for a long time, like this. Not when you want to

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catch something that only happens once at a split-2nd, it is quite

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nerve racking. Case in point, setting fire to render zest which I

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did not even know was a thing. That is a problem. The bursts of super

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slow Mo is zero point one eight to second said you have to be spot on

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with your timing. For the most part, I was a bit too trigger happy but

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when you do get it, flaming oranges! It is worth bearing in mind that

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Sony makes the camera parts for many other mobile phones. If this catches

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on, we could well see it in other phones before Toulon. What else is

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hot here? Let's have a round-up Stephen. Incredibly, at the

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convention this is a phone everybody was talking about. It has

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resurrected a scintillating piece of nostalgia in the Nokia 3310. Do you

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remember that? Close to indestructible, seemingly infinite

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batch we live, it now has modern curves, jazzy colours and a new

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version of snake. That we has also going back to basics. It has a

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physical gesture sensitive keyboard. That is the only nostalgia here,

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this classic Norris pencil although I would not sharpen it because there

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is quite a lot of digital stuff in the end to allow you to do things

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like this. Google would much rather cute talk to your devices. Google

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home will finally be available for sale outside of the US and Jaime in

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the UK. The company also said it will roll out its digital assistant

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to mobile phones running marshmallow and nougat. That is a part from

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these two mobiles, set to use and is on at instead. It would get its

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assistance smart through a snap on back. Others are ditching

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customisation. LG launched a new phone without the capability of its

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previous mobile. Customers do not fancy art forking out more. The

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screen is twice as tall as wide. And it would not be much of a round-up

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without at least one mention of the words - five G. Even a standard

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exists, it hasn't stopped anyone here from seeking the term all over

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the stands. Nowhere more than here. You can see the numbers ticking

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away. Sucking up data 50 times faster than your four D phone. We

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are not allowed to touch or use of these phones and that could have

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something to do with all the cables. It could be some time yet before you

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get your hands on these sorts of speeds.

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Over the past few years, the air that we breathe in our cities has

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become a big issue. Air pollution is an invisible killer and it is

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something that many people from politicians to take companies still

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needs urgent attention but what to do? All next week, the BBC is going

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to be looking at the issue and possible solutions in the Mac so I

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can Breathe serious. We'll be looking at some of the gadgets that

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might help us to track the pollution around us so we know what to do with

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that data. It only took five days this year for London to reach its

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yearly air pollution allowance. People were warned to reduce out

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your physical exercise as levels soared beyond those in Beijing. A

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place where scenes like this are not unusual. And with limits being

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exceeded in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, as well as other cities

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across the UK, never before have we been so aware of the air we breathe.

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Yet, if they are better or worse days of better routes that you could

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take them could using a personal air quality tracker help you make better

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decisions about what to do, when? First of all, it depends how

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accurate they are and that is something I am on a mission to find

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out about. The makers of some of these devices say they have gone

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through extensive testing over a long period. While our spot checks

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today are just a snapshot, I am curious to find out how they measure

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up. To carry out our first experiment, I have come to this

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central London amused and I have enlisted the help of the University

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of Birmingham who for fairness of the experiment have brought along

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this which is going to take some pretty serious recordings of their

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quality along with my four devices here to see how they do. This tube

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can be attached to a bag to track the OC as well as carbon monoxide.

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-- VOC. It tracks carbon monoxide and at a personal and crowd sourced

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element to the critical data it already displays. This is smart

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phone case has an air quality sensor tracker linked -- tracking VOCs. And

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this one called Plume will work alongside the apps. It tracks

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nitrogen oxide and VOCs eventually looking at particular matter and O

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zone two. They are also available for indoor monitoring. I have given

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them five minutes to do their thing but at the moment it is a bit of a

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sea of numbers. That I have found a man to find out what this means. I

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am joined by Professor Roy Harrison from the University of Birmingham.

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What is going on? We are getting different readings but they'll

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should be giving us the same impression of the pollution. And

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this is where the fun begins. Let's look at our first device. This is

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the Atmo Tube. Jono it is looking at 0.22 ppm of which is saying it is

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good at quality. 93 out of 100 so things are pretty clean, this one

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says. This will be mostly coming from traffic. Indoors, there are

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other sources but now we are outdoors. Comparing that to your

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readings, are they on track? I would say that our reason it -- our

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reading is different pollutant but rather more polluted than the 93 out

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of 100. I wouldn't call it good, I would call the air quality average.

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This one is reading carbon monoxide. It is giving us concentrations that

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appeared to be a little bit above 1.5 parts per million. That would be

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consistent with what we are seeing in the nitrogen. -- nitrous dioxide.

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That in a sense is a more predictable sense with the ones

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depending on the organic compounds because that is a big range of

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substances and the sensitivity will not be the same for every compound.

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Then we are looking at the i-Blades phone case. It is calling this

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street zero which is a funny way to work. I think it is. Ideally it

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needs to be zero in a clean atmosphere but if you don't have an

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independent monitor, how do you know where the clean atmosphere is? I

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have a bit of difficulty with this one. The final one

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we have is Flow by Plume. Sensor is looking at correlating with our

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device in the car. It is telling us that the pollution level is high. I

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understand that that is a judgement against health -based standards from

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the World Health Organization. I do find a little bit surprising because

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I wouldn't regard the levels here is high and certainly not as a

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particular health risk, for example. For the second part of our

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experiment, we have come to a somewhat busier street. They could

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street, the home of Sherlock Holmes were our investigation shall

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continue, Professor. The readings are changing. What you make things?

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Well, it is a busy street. Our reference analyser in the car is

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looking at concentrations about double of those we are reading in

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the news or three times higher. White Atmo Tube registers are rising

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pollution but still kept -- calls the air quality good. The i-Blades

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case rose from zero and Flow by Plume and simply says high. There is

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an argument from some bat by tracking this data and taking

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control ourselves, we are diminishing the government's

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responsibility to actually improve the situation but what does our

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scientist walk away from our day's activity thinking? They are very

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variable in their performance. One could try and use them to judge

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which routes were the best ones if one was walking to work, for example

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but that would not be a simple button because the pollution levels

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change from day to day raised on the weather so you need to do the

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different routes many times in order to get them representative at

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looking at the actual pollution levels but I suspect the answer will

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be no better than just looking at the traffic and to say wow, this is

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a quiet road, why don't you use this one? -- why don't I use this one? I

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need to run a lot with the devices or keep my eyes open without.

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That was Lara and a bigger source of air pollution in the developing

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world at -- is that produced by the burning of kerosene. It is also

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dangerous and can cause housebuyers. Obviously it would be preferable to

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move to solar power but are rigged like this costs $200. Something many

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families cannot make as a single lump sum. This company is suggesting

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renting a solar system like this with a panel and all this kit to

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families in return to micro- payments of about 50 cents a day

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that they can make on the mobile network. Once they pay for the

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equipment, they get to keep it. If they stop making payments at any

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point, this box can be contacted over the mobile network and be

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switched off. A similar scheme is being piloted with gas in Tanzania

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to try to move people away from cooking with charcoal. Again, the

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barriers to entry meant buying an exact -- entire gas can it staff is

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expensive. But this allows micro- payments over mobile which all are

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small and announced it be released to each person. You can ask to move

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the metre but if you do it sends an alert to the scheme at's

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administrators. Here is something else that has

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impressed us at NWS C. Look at our faces in this picture. This is a

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phone that was released a couple of months ago that allows you to take

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three photos. Then you can view the photos in 3-D without glasses on the

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screen because it has a lenticular display. Which means your left I

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only get left information and the Right I only get right eye

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information. If you hold it right at the sweet spots, you get a pretty

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picture. If you hold it outside the sweet spot, everything goes crazy

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and I wouldn't recommend that. That is it for Click in the MWC in

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Barcelona. I hope you enjoy that. Be kind but be honest. Thanks for

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watching. I will see you soon. For most of us, Friday

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was a miserable day but, for the favoured few,

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it was glorious. If you don't believe me, look

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at the Weather Watchers picture.

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