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.
Steve Caplin on the mother and daughter rescued by police use of the What3Words app, speed limiters on cars, wireless charging for electric taxis, French car alcolocks, the meatless Burger King Whopper, the autotune for karaoke singers, the weight of the Milky Way (1.5 trillion solar masses) and contraceptive jewellery.
Steve Caplin takes a look at vending machines in Canary Wharf dispensing short stories, Apple's new credit card, a chance to be the voice of Virgin Trains' talking toilet, a wearable drum kit, less stressed laboratory mice, acoustic metamaterial and an AI system to train violinists.
Steve Caplin looks forward to contactless cards which have built-in fingerprint scanners. He also tells of a new way to send large files, a computerised landscape artist, a pedal-assisted car that can reach 120mph, how facial recognition can lead to happier pigs, a new mono-wheel scooter, a drone with flapping wings, a Steinway that will let you record yourself and why hipsters and other anti-conformists end up looking the same.
Steve Caplin gets excited by the prospects of Google's new cloud-based gaming platform, to be delivered through the Chrome browser. He also discusses the new Amazon Kindle entry model, the Myspace blunder that will make Myspace even more obscure than it had been before, James Bond's electric car, a bizarre drinks cooler, a cheesemaker that wasn't and what the ONS's inflation basket means for rabbits and smart speakers amongst other things.