04/03/2017 Click


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Last year we found an entire programme in 360 degrees allowing


those watching to look around the fantastic locations simply by


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


everyone tries to launch their products with maximum pizzazz and


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


together, automatically wrapping the weird video into a sphere around


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


we are coming to this before the manufacturers have made bespoke


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


discovered that everything looks cool when it is filmed 40 times


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


remember that? Close to indestructible, seemingly infinite


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


assistance smart through a snap on back. Others are ditching


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


get your hands on these sorts of speeds.


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


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


something that many people from politicians to take companies still


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


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


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


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


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


yearly air pollution allowance. People were warned to reduce out


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


of Birmingham who for fairness of the experiment have brought along


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


nitrogen oxide and VOCs eventually looking at particular matter and O


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


street, the home of Sherlock Holmes were our investigation shall


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


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


looking at concentrations about double of those we are reading in


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


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


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


an argument from some bat by tracking this data and taking


control ourselves, we are diminishing the government's


responsibility to actually improve the situation but what does our


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


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


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


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


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


different routes many times in order to get them representative at


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


administrators. Here is something else that has


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


was a miserable day but, for the favoured few,


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


at the Weather Watchers picture.


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