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

Simon Rose
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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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Simon Rose

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

Simon Rose
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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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Simon Rose

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

Simon Rose
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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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Simon Rose

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

Simon Rose
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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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Simon Rose

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

Simon Rose
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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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Simon Rose

Gadgets & Gizmos: The daftest scientific studies of the year

Simon Rose
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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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Simon Rose

Gadgets & Gizmos: Life on Venus, death on Earth

Simon Rose
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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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Simon Rose

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

Simon Rose
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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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Simon Rose

Gadgets & Gizmos: Float-in cinemas and lobster titbits

Simon Rose
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Gadgets & Gizmos: Float-in cinemas and lobster titbits
Technology editor Steve Caplin gives us the latest news from the world of tech. There's a new float-in cinema in London, a bigger folding screen phone from Samsung, an economical plane shaped like a bullet, a fitbit for lobsters, a watch with no hands and a device to turn any monitor into a touch screen. As well as that, Alexa is being encouraged to cope with all manner of British accents and dialects while the Scottish version of Wikipedia has been suspended because the majority of entries were written by an American teen who doesn't speak Scots!
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Steve Caplin


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Simon Rose

Gadgets & Gizmos: The fragrance of outer space

Simon Rose
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Gadgets & Gizmos: The fragrance of outer space
Share Radio's technology editor Steve Caplin explains what outer space smells like, now available as a new fragrance. He finds the most expensive items on Amazon, admires a new internet speed record, explains why Japan is running out of credit card numbers, warns how keys can be made from recordings of locks being turned, tells a cautionary tale of a very pricy mistaken purchase on eBay, admires taps that can wash without water and raises an eyebrow at Amazon's patent for a drone to replace ski lifts.
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Steve Caplin


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