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Gadgets & Gizmos: Lobsteropolis, Amazon's Swedish gaffes and the amazing new Oculus Quest

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Gadgets & Gizmos: Lobsteropolis, Amazon's Swedish gaffes and the amazing new Oculus Quest
Steve Caplin marvels at a new Saatchi Gallery exhibition which you can tour without leaving home. He highlights Amazon's disastrously translated Swedish launch, looks at the app that can tell if you have Covid-19 from your cough, is fascinated by diamonds made from the sky and reports on a patient whose leg was treated at a different hospital than hers. He was hugely impressed by the new Oculus Quest 2, bringing realistic VR gaming into the home.
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Steve Caplin


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Gadgets & Gizmos: Lego braille bricks, robot pothole repairers & jumbo cinemas

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Gadgets & Gizmos: Lego braille bricks, robot pothole repairers & jumbo cinemas
Steve Caplin, Share Radio's technology editor, is impressed by Southern Australia powering the whole area by solar panels and by water being discovered on the moon. He discusses Lego Braille bricks, banned works being hidden in Minecraft, a jumbo jet becoming a cinema, 100 years of the Theremin, Amazon's eco-friendly platform, robot pothole repairers, the extraordinary Veelo skateboard motoring why shoppers spend more when using hand-held scanners.
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Steve Caplin


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Gadgets & Gizmos: Robot judges, smart windows and 4G on the moon

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Gadgets & Gizmos: Robot judges, smart windows and 4G on the moon
Share Radio's technology editor Steve Caplin looks at the prediction that, in 50 years, robot judges will be commonplace. He also marvels at smart windows that darken in sunlight and become solar panels, at LG's rollable TV, at Nokia's forthcoming 4G network on the moon, at Quibi closing after just 7 months, at why dim light might make food taste worse and at a kitchen bin that turns organic waste into compost - for a price.
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Steve Caplin


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Gadgets & Gizmos: Government advice to become actors, pilots & cinema projectionists

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Gadgets & Gizmos: Government advice to become actors, pilots & cinema projectionists
Steve Caplin admire the technology in the new iPhone 12 series but finds himself baffled by a government careers quiz that suggests he become an actor, while others are recommended becoming pilots or cinema projectionists. He also discusses a hackable "smart" chastity device, a tech version of the ever-helpful Lassie, AR goggles for dogs, new Marshall headphones and a crowd-funded smart acoustic guitar.
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Steve Caplin


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Gadgets & Gizmos: The dangers of Excel, googling Graham Norton and making tea wrongly

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Gadgets & Gizmos: The dangers of Excel, googling Graham Norton and making tea wrongly
Technology editor Steve Caplin looks at the dangers of using Excel for sophisticated projects such as the Test and Trace Fiasco, but also other multi-billion pound blunders. He hopes flying taxis will be buzzing around the 2024 Paris Olympics, admires the chutzpah of Valencia's ventriloquistic bid to be European Capital of Innovation, points out the dangers of searching online for celebrities like Graham Norton - with scammers lying in wait - and looks at a study that says we've all been making tea wrongly for years.
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Steve Caplin


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The Business of Film: Weathering With You, The Social Dilemma & The Great Buster

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The Business of Film: Weathering With You, The Social Dilemma & The Great Buster
James Cameron-Wilson laments the nervousness of the film studios in holding back new movies from the nation's cinemas, starved of new product. With no new films to see on the big screen, he raves about Japanese animated movie Weathering With You, out on DVD and Blu-ray and is equally excited by Netflix's The Social Dilemma, a frightening and thought-provoking documentary about the dangers of social media. He also recommends The Great Buster: A Celebration, a documentary about the great silent comedian Buster Keaton.
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James Cameron-Wilson


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Gadgets & Gizmos: Hydrogen-Powered trains and jet-pack paramedics

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Gadgets & Gizmos: Hydrogen-Powered trains and jet-pack paramedics
Share Radio's technology editor Steve Caplin gets excited by trials of a hydrogen-powered train which, it is hoped, might appear in passenger service in 2023. David Attenborough achieves a record for speeding to 1m followers on Instagram, Amazon reveals a host of new products - including one that seems rather creepy - and also unveils a palm scanner while others think 3D vein scanning could be the way to go. There's a foldable PC, a super enzyme that eats plastic, a smart bike light seeking crowdfunding, a pop-up restaurant on a plane, how seaweed could help with your cleaning and a jet suit for paramedics in the Lake District.
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Steve Caplin


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Gadgets & Gizmos: The daftest scientific studies of the year

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Gadgets & Gizmos: The daftest scientific studies of the year
Steve Caplin reveals some of the IgNobel prizewinners for the daftest scientific studies. Also the new Playstation and an upgrade to Oculus Quest, robot shelf stackers in Japan, economically-sound pellet guns, Amazon's patent for a burglar deterrent, Wikipedia's positive effect on tourism (except in the Netherlands) and why a second-hand TV has been causing havoc to broadband in a Welsh village.
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Steve Caplin


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Gadgets & Gizmos: Life on Venus, death on Earth

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Gadgets & Gizmos: Life on Venus, death on Earth
Technology editor Steve Caplin looks at the latest products from Apple, marvels at news of probable life on Venus, asks how you can locate human bodies in a forest, scoffs at the usability of Britbox for its main purpose, admires a face mask that incorporates air conditioning, praises scientists helping robots and amputees to feel pain, approves of the world's first portable MRI brain scanner and gushes over the Oceanbird sailing ship, providing a more environmentally-friendly freight solution.
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Steve Caplin


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Gadgets & Gizmos: Robots galore, mushroom leather and interactive paper

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Gadgets & Gizmos: Robots galore, mushroom leather and interactive paper
Share Radio's technology editor goes robot crazy, with robots deployed in care homes, serving in restaurants, triaging hospital patients and defending American Air Force bases. There's even a robot dog to make yourself that fits into the palm of your hand. There are unstaffed digital supermarkets in Sweden, a worldwide scam involving seeds, leather made of mushrooms and a way of making paper interactive.
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Steve Caplin


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