Steve Caplin on the latest from the cutting edge of technology, taking in parking robots at Gatwick, Amazon's wheeled delivery vehicle, cameras that see round corners, Facebook's space lasers, Amazon's "blended reality mirror", a hand-pumped aqualung, why zebras have stripes and how scientists can transfer memories from one snail to another. Oh - and what submarines use X-box controllers for!
Steve Caplin, although a fan of Amazon's Alexa, wonders if it's worth building into a bicycle or a piano! He also looks at self-tightening trainers using a smartphone, the most retweeted message ever, a way of finding lost keys, a double bass that fits in a small suitcase, a solar-powered yacht and a $350,000 Swiss watch with no numbers and no hands, which chimes and gongs to tell the time.
Steve Caplin continues his look at the weird and wonderful delights of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. There's a VR headset with eye-tracking, a humanisation of Amazon's Alexa, a laundry-folding robot, an intelligent toilet with a "fully immersive experience", a water generator for cars, a mask to stop snoring and a smart speaker to teach Chinese.
Steve Caplin casts a frequently-disbelieving eye over some of the exhibits at the Consumer Electronics Show. Among exhibits were a roll-up TV, a treadmill that generates electricity as you run, a cat feeder with facial recognition, a dog dryer, Lamborghini's massage chair, a bluetooth nappy sensor and a car with legs that can climb a five-foot wall! There's also an idea for recycling Christmas trees, a look at Netflix's interactive drama and a recommended compact Bluetooth speaker.
Steve Caplin, Share Radio's gadget guru, highlights the most commonly-chosen (and thus most unsafe) passwords as well as the most expensive Google keywords. He looks at Amazon's apparent purchase of potential shops in the UK and why some of their workers might wish Amazon didn't stock bear repellent. There's an update to computer game Doom, some 25 years on, Bosch are planning autonomous taxis and the latest crowdfunding project is a lounger that inflates using your mobile phone!
Steve Caplin looks back at some of the most interesting - and daft - crowdfunding ideas of 2018. There's a camping light running of a tea candle, a 4G phone the size of a credit card, music generated by plants, an add-on screen for laptops, a gravity light and a snorkel that lets you dive further as well as levitating water drops, the world's most advanced underwear, a magnetic wax seal and a rocking bed on chains.
Steve Caplin looks back at some of the most notable gadgets & gizmos of 2018. He reminds us of some of the tech disasters, looks at some of his favourite gadgets and highlights some impressive innovations. So, as well as the council that forgot to ask itself for planning permission for charging benches, we get jet suits, printed food, car windows for blind passengers, self-parking slippers, edible QR codes, contactless buskers and, of course, cuboid wombat poo's implications for manufacturing.
If you're searching for Christmas gift ideas, Steve Caplin has suggestions from the sublime to the utterly ridiculous, from the cheap to the eye-wateringly expensive. Tripods, tyre inflators, exploding air rifle targets, cassette players, bluetooth buttons, sock clips, ipod stands for watching video in bed, an impressively powerful phone charger and even an underwater villa to stay in in the Maldives.
Steve Caplin looks (carefully) into the high tech loo that can check for signs of disease, the Amazon Alexa microwave, why wombat poo is cuboid, bike mirrors for the hands, the Chinese scientists who've created a heat source six times hotter than the sun and why our genes may decide if we prefer tea or coffee.
Steve Caplin looks at the first work of art in space, the first solid state plane, how facial recognition technology in China named and shamed a bus poster, singing postboxes, a remote control car with a VR headset and the world's first chewable reusable straw.