Steve Caplin ponders Jeffrey Katzenberg's new short-form mobile-only streaming service Quibi, which will have a Spielberg horror series viewable only at night. Also hydrogen-powered vertical take-off taxis, Ikea's robotic furniture, a 360-degree rooftop infinity pool for London, how atom bomb testing could help find fake paintings, a new bike direction indicator and taking the guesswork out of best-before dates.
Steve Caplin looks at Apple's new iOS operating system which has a new feature allowing anonymous sign-ups. Also how motorists could soon be fined for noise as well as speeding, how much it will cost if you fancy a trip to the International Space Station, Amazon's Clicks and Mortar pop-up shops in the UK, a wireless, solar-powered reversing camera for cars that don't have them and why ice-cream vans may make a return.
Steve Caplin looks at the Persistence of Chaos, an artwork laptop infected with the world's most dangerous malware. The app Northern Fail exposes the shortcomings of Northern Rail. Amazon is said to be developing a wearable device to detect emotions. Delivery robots can now conquer steps. the University of Plymouth develop the world's first raspberry-picking robot. There's a tiny selfie drone and a clever foldaway shooting-stick-style chair, which he demonstrates. Great radio!
Steve Caplin looks at the launch of the latest iPod, 18 years after the first - a hard disk in a box - appeared. Also, some of the problems users of electric cars currently face when charging their vehicles in the rain, Alexa's and Siri's gender bias, Facebook's cryptocurrency, Uber's ebikes and the company's "no talking" option in its cars in the USA. And which of the ebikes is actually most economical?
Steve Caplin goes automotive, looking at Dyson's plans for an electric off-road car, the Honda e with swift recharge, the electric Jaguar E-type with optional original engine and Hydrogen-powered double-decker buses. He explains why 5G has been stalled by lamppost problems and why Jeff Bezos thinks he can have a moonbase by 2024 while Elon Musk thinks he can get to Mars by then. Australia's $50 note issue was marred by a spelling mistake, Barcelona has a self-charging e bike and there's a very cheap credit-card sized charger to take around with you.
Steve Caplin bemoans the inaccuracy of fitness trackers, even though he never uses one himself. He also reveals delivery service DPD's new electric cargo bike, the endurance plane that stays aloft for years, the fire extinguisher that sucks instead of blows, the AI-generated thrash metal, robots to clean your teeth, a self-braking supermarket trolley and Chinese fake Lego.
Steve Caplin on new research about how unsafe most of our internet passwords are. He also looks at making wood fire resistant - with wood, at Uber giving information on public transport, at an amphibious car kit, at the CIA joining Instagram, battery-free pacemakers and a solution to the problem of opening Leathermen with no fingernails.
Steve Caplin discusses shopping in the first UK shop with no checkouts, using just his smartphone. He also tells us of the worlds first vertical TV, the arrival of the Tesla 3, an advance for RFID tags, an immersive VR mask, a mower with a top speed of 150mph and a sex toy for dogs!
Steve Caplin discusses a Japanese theft detection system for shops that is wrong one time in five and the Chinese response to "epidemic" toilet paper theft. Also the computer game that takes place over 8 million years, the world's first 3D-printed heart, Google's trial drone delivery service, steam trains running from Waterloo again and a crowd-funded LCD "window" that displays whatever view you would like.
Steve Caplin on tech going wrong, with the Notre Dame fire, with the BT Tower displaying a Windows 7 error message and with Amazon's five star reviews for unknown brands. Also a bicycle that isn't a bicycle (there's no seat!), a new Helvetica font and the rescue of 500,000 music tracks from MySpace, thanks to a decade-old academic study.