Click heads to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to find out the latest in the world of smartphones, takes a trip in a holoportal and chats to a visual effects supervisor.
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into the weekend.
And now on BBC News, it is Click.
This week, we are up, up and away.
Taking apart the first order.
Grandpa and confetti cannon.
This week, 108,000 people landed in
us alone with one thing on their
minds. Mobile phones. Welcome to the
mobile walled Congress. The enormous
annual expo where we get to hear
about the latest in phones, tablets
and, increasingly, anything that
moves. A smart watch with a built-in
projector? The mobile industry is
increasingly important to the
economy of the world. Last year it
was worth $3.6 trillion. 5 billion
of us have mobiles, three point 3
billion use the mobile Internet. And
despite it being the coldest event
we can remember, the halls were
still packed with thousands of
exhibitors showing off their wares.
This one is definitely waterproof.
Roaming the floor for us this year,
Lara. Despite talk of how many of
the big players are not releasing
new phones at the show, there are
quite a few new phones on display.
And the cameras were often taking
centre stage. This is both Mohd. We
saw how we may interact with our
devices in the future. Who needs a
buttons when you can just go. And
the way they may interact with us. A
phone screen that ends. Could aid in
the phone be the future? To really
get to grips with the latest news
here, I joined forces with a man who
seriously now these phones. HMD, who
brought the Nokia brand a few years
back, I ring again embracing
nostalgia with its 8110 4G. Now, you
do not need to have it in banana
yellow. Would feel silly to take out
of your pocket?
Absolutely in that
colour. I would needed to be black
or any other colour except bright
The operating system can
only run a few apps. It will include
Google assistant, Google Maps and
Facebook although not Twitter nor
WhatsApp. But with a battery life of
25 days, albeit on standby, and a
pricetag of 70 quid, it does sound
like a decent proposition.
4G. That is all of the connectivity
of you would want at a low price.
And a nice is it to hold like that,
frame like that and then use centre
button to take the photo?
manufacture managed to create an
exclusive world of their own. I feel
I am sorry. You can
not and so.
Hmmm not just
underdressed, I cannot enter. Even
though they were not releasing a new
phone. The biggest announcement came
from Samsung with news of the
release of their ? nine and we got
our hands on one of those devices.
Even here at the big reveal of a
phone it was the camera that was
very much front and centre. For a
start, the Galaxy S9 and S9 plus
shoe better pictures in low light,
reducing grain by taking a burst of
12 shots at once. The larger S9 plus
has two lenses that work together to
produce photos with a blue
background, in the same way that the
iPhone 7 plus has done since 2016.
This, however, is quite new here in
the West. It is the first phone I
have seen that has a mechanical
arbiter which can switch from S 2.5
two S 1.5 to let in more light. Last
year, we saw a Sony phone that could
shoot at 40 times slow Mo 's. That
is 960 frames per second. As we
predicted then, that feature is now
starting to migrate into other
phones. One problem I have with
Sony's super slow mode is that you
have to be incredibly precise in
order to start the recording and
capture the 0.2 seconds of action.
Not so with this phone. It waits
until it detects motion in a certain
part of its viewfinder and then it
fires. So... That should mean you
don't miss those of milliseconds of
slow Mo Magic. The video is of the
lower 720 resolution but that is
still acceptable on a phone screen.
The boats -- results can be shared
or kept on your lock screen. Hot on
the heels of apple's iPhone oh jeez,
the SI lets you create and send your
own back three. They look a little
like you and they will copy your
face expression using live tracking.
Or you can use one preset from your
likeness. Overall, both phones look
and feel like their predecessors.
The same size, dust and water
resistant and they still have a
headphone socket. The screen is ever
so slightly longer. They will now
accept ST cards of up to 400 bigger
pie -- gigabytes and they play Dolby
Atmos sound. And where the SH could
be plugged into a dog to connect to
screen, mouse and keyed board, the
S9 can become a trackpad. Will soon
also double as a keyboard. Even with
the S9's better to expect, critics
say that the improvements are not
massive. They do think the camera
and the sharing functions are sure
to be eyecatchers. And now super
slow motion is complete without lots
and lots of confetti. Well, only one
day after Samsung announced their
phone and their slow Mo Camara, we
found out that Sony have up raided
bears to 960 frames per second and
in full HD which makes it better.
So, what do you think the situation?
You tried it earlier. I did and it
really is better than the effort
from Samsung. Sony has experienced.
This is the second time they have
done this and full HD, when you see
it, it is glorious. Warriors in
comparison to the 720 noisy version
on the map one Mack -- Mack to map.
-- S9. Once you get it right, it is
brilliant. That you will get
frustrated during the ten times it
takes to get it right.
The phone is
also optimised for Sony's and
containment suite, a feature they
are going big on. The third feature
is what they call dynamic vibration.
No matter where you stream from, or
what you are doing, similar to a
PlayStation controller, it uses the
audio path to produce haptic
feedback. Holding it for two hours
like this, with big white excessive.
Sites on the phones themselves there
was a of chat about five G
commercial roll-out. Amount --
amongst it, a plan to launch it in
four US cities by the end of the
year. A commercial service is also
expected to kick off in South Korea,
proving that five G was not just for
the Winter Olympics. They may not
have wanted me on the show floor but
they did invite me to go for a spin.
If you can call it that. They have
come up with a novel way of testing
a phone. They have connected to this
vehicle and the phone is actually
going to drive the car.
This being an attempt to show off
the processing power and image
recognition of their pro, which was
released last year, rather than
something they plan on executing in
the real world. Not that they
trusted the inbuilt camera for this
job. They attached a large external
one. The phone uses artificial
intelligence to process what it
sees. I am told it recognises around
1000 objects. In turns, it will send
signals to the vehicle via Wi-Fi
which will then control the car
through a robotic system.
that we are using to power this
actually exist within the phone
already. The artificial intelligence
that sits at the heart of what we
are showing the is part of the
everyday experience of your smart
There we go. I'm India. In
the wake of this feels quite strange
at the moment. People are just
moving around. That is a very big
all. How often do you see one that
size on the road. Now the phone has
had a chance to learn, it is time
for round two where it should
instruct the vehicle to react to any
hazards it identifies. Here it goes.
It feels slightly nerve racking. For
a bit of fun, if we detect a bike I
will swerve right? It's not really
that dramatic is it? OK. I am
holding on tight. That is quite
That was chosen at random.
The phone recognised the object that
was put out. It said, it asked you
what you wanted to do if you saw
that. It saw the object and then did
Oh, well. I guess it
did what they promised. And for
them, well it got us talking about a
phone that is not even new.
Hello and welcome to the week in
Tech. It was the week that drones
replaced models on the catwalk in
Medan, carrying the latest handbags.
One web and Airbus announced an
network of 900 satellites to provide
NexGen five G mobile Internet to
aeroplane travellers by 2020 while
Vodafone and Nokia plan to go one
further and deliver mobile Internet
to the moon. Albeit using 4G. The
network would provide a way for
lunar rovers to stream data from as
early as next year. Snake robots
have slithered out from the labs at
Harvard University. Robots move
using laser cut scales at which
expand and contract to propel them.
Research is perfecting this way of
moving to help tackle difficult to
rein and to be used in intestinal
surgery. It was also the week that
Amazon purchased Ring, the smart
doorbell company. This adds to their
growing collection of smart home
products and paves the way for
deliveries not only to your door but
even inside your home. That may ring
alarm bells for those concerned with
privacy. And finally, California has
joined other places and removed the
need for a human to read the high
end a driverless car. Vista needs to
be plans for how cops can pull the
car over to speak to eat. -- there
still needs to be planned. This is
possibly one of the more surprising
things on the show floor. I am
currently in a holoportal. There are
four sensors, five laptops doing the
grunt work and once a person has
been created in holographic form
they can be seen on this in
real-time. I have been to see a
family who are really putting this
setup to good use.
The house -- he
has a fatal genetic muscle wasting
disease. Every single muscle in his
body deteriorates over time and that
means he loses the ability and
strength to do a lot of things that
we take for granted. Dimply walking,
eating a hub, things that. They just
go in time. He has a life expectancy
somewhere between 20 and 25. Is when
the heart and lungs, they are also
muscles, that is when they give up.
Since Harrison came off his feet at
the end of last year, being able to
create stimulating and engaging
experiences at home have become more
important than ever.
And today, he has a virtual visitor.
This research prototype is currently
being perfected at Ravensbourne.
see the holograndpa.
Are you cooking
tonight? Your dad would like a stake
He is only allowed one
that big. -- steak.
Next Tuesday is
Pancake Day. What would you have
Definitely maple syrup.
There are are AR and VR versions.
Eventually, 2-way audio and video
could be possible, and more than one
person could be transported. But
right now it is about giving the
basics right. While this is not a
true hologram, be displayed displays
holograndpa as a 3-dimensional
projection, as if he was in the
room. There was when we tested at a
bit of a time lapse due to a lack of
processing power and connection.
is in the spirit of being inspired
by Star Wars, using the tech as we
use it now. So we knew that it would
not be the most amazing fidelity,
but it was always the magic of how
we would see Harrison feeling in his
home when grandpa collar ports in
and says hello. -- holoports. We
know time is precious so this
transcendence of time and space with
technology to be together is
potentially very powerful.
Never in a million
years or that when. 3-1 to
Tottenham, and Harry chainstores
two. -- Harry Kane scores two.
of the teams this year is what
mobile connectivity can do to
transform lives. The company case
for change is to committing projects
around the world, hoping to inspire
others. -- documenting products.
Whether it is empowering women in
India, or giving farmers and extra
resources to grope crops, most of
the project to be backed on a world
scale, some in the Welbeck things
could be possible very soon.
seeing tremendous amount of change.
-- Mackellar. In Africa, for
example, we will see 250 million
smart phones changed to 700 million
smartphones and just five short
years. -- World Bank. A wrong will
have access to broadband as the
Fosun. But in the industry, unless
they think about taking these
applications are making them work at
scale in developing countries it
will not happen.
connected for many many the start,
this drove the deployment during
large scale disasters is part of
Nokia's project. As well is
providing views that would not be
possible from the ground, the full
kit rated network bubble of up to
four Corbert radius, where
connection would otherwise be
unavailable. Real-time video
streaming, gas and he is in, mapping
and analytics, could help rescuers
respond better and more safely. It
will be ready for its first
real-world exercise in the
Philippines with the Red Cross this
summer. This display illustrated
smart phone setup that went live in
Turkey last month. The idea is that
censors are placed around the farm,
and they sink up to a Nap, providing
information about, for example, how
healthy the crops are, the condition
of the silent humidity. That way the
farmer could be alerted if there is
a problem. That information can then
be provided to the farmer through
the low-power network it is
connected to. So there is a fungal
disease, for example, it can
immediately identified and dealt
with. It is all very well collecting
a lot of data, but what we actually
do with that data is really
important. Every year in India alone
2.8 million people are diagnosed
with tuberculosis. This map aims to
use predictive modelling to find out
the areas that are most at risk. So
the red parts that you can see here
are where the disease is already
prevalent. It is possible to add an
extra layer to that data by tapping
on here, and we can see mobile phone
usage, which of course represent is
where the people are. By identifying
these areas at the highest risk, it
means that awareness can be raised,
clinics can be ready, expected me to
be more cases of TB, and, of course,
immunisations can be given to
hopefully prevent some of those
cases from even happening. And that
is it from NWC this year. After all
that, it is time to take a trip
elsewhere. Ah, the wind is blowing
through my hair. Amazing to be down
and relax. Stunning. -- to be able
to sit down and relax. That was Lara
in Barcelona. And the Oscars are
finally here. The 90 the Awards are
this weekend. Over the past few
weeks, we have been going
exclusively behind the scenes with
some of the nominees in the best
visual effects category. This week
is the fourth in our series. -- the
90th Academy Awards at this weekend.
Otherwise known as episode eight. Of
course I am talking about Star Wars:
The Last Jedi.
I feel like this, we
ultimately ended up with over 2006
shots in this film.
You have too
much of your father's- you.
almost a year to get to the point we
are out. -- you have too much of
your father's heart in you. We
started to paint textures and build
the internal controls and anatomy of
the character. And as the editors,
Ryan and Bob, were working together,
they brought together sequences only
using Andy's as a reference point.
And he had this incredible, powerful
It was I who breached your
The amazing thing about Andy
is that he is very skilled at doing
this and is unafraid of technology.
So we were able to suit him up in an
active motion capture suit, to film
with infrared cameras from the
ceiling of the sat. That allowed him
to walk around and perform
unhindered. We also put a helmet on
his head with four high-definition
cameras, so that we could get clear
definition on his face. As we
started to do animation tests on the
early material, we got a few weeks
in, and rain came to me and said, I
am not sure that the voice is making
the anatomy of the character we
designed, and we realised that there
was an issue there. The initial
design made it look like a very
fragile, frail, older character. And
Andy's what is this lovely booming
big thing. So we had to change
something is, it is just as fine,
and made him about 1.5 feet tall. He
is about 8.5 feet tall, the
character. And then we knew we had
done right and we could move
forward. The bombing run was in the
original script, was exactly as you
said in the film. We did bid how to
execute this in a few different
ways, practical pyrotechnics, that
sort of thing. And the scheduling
cost of that was too prohibitive.
The important thing to me is, when
working with a director like Ryan,
is that we can make our city look
like any particular style. -- CG
look. We can make it look like
anything. We have that control over
the weather we can render things,
now. After a time, Ryan became
confident in what we could do.
Actually, it was a liberation. We
could achieve anything with
explosions and high-tech necks. What
we achieved in the bombing run I
think have pushed us to a new level
of believability. We modelled not be
outside first, but from the inside
out. So as you destroy a ship, you
are opening up holes, and the
audience can see in, at the viewer
can see in. It was exciting to do
it. I think it the destruction to a
new level. I think our contribution
to film is getting more and more
invisible in certain cases. When
they are not invisible because you
know they cannot be real, they are
getting more believable. Globally,
the visual effects techniques are so
advanced, now, that it is now
important to good story, and it is
important at that story has good
ideas and greater challenges that
push us to create visuals that have
never been seen before.
And we wish
the entire crew of Star Wars: The
Last Jedi, along with the other
nominees, the best of luck for this
week's Oscars. That is if this week.
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will see you soon. -- thank you for
Click heads to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to find out the latest in the world of smartphones, takes a trip in a holoportal and chats to the Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.