Share Radio's tech expert Steve Caplin tells Simon Rose of the Chinese students who must take compulsory swimming tests to graduate and who are now having to do it online! Alexa is exploring cloning the voices of the dead, IKEA is producing an app that lets you remove your existing furniture, the police now have contactless fingerprinting, there's an autonomous truck with no cab, a mysterious moon crater, passenger-carrying airships and Philips are crowdfunding an ultra-short-throw projector.
Steve Caplin, Share Radio's tech guru, discusses the first mainstream AR glasses, though he's less than impressed. He also tells of environmentally-kind spray food wrap, bionic robo-fish collecting microplastics and a worm called Zophobas Morio that eats plastic. In addition, disposable nappies are being trialled as a road surface, there's a coaxial octacopter for beating jams, a cycle brake light and smart implants to deliver medicines.
Steve Caplin goes all robotic in this week's tech show. As well as a robot waiter and a robot pizza maker, there's a pea-sized robot doing an obstacle course and a sweaty robotic finger. At Google, there's an argument over whether one of its robots is actually alive, with an engineer claiming it is and trying to get it a lawyer. Internet Explorer is no more, there's a solar panel-festooned car and cars charged by an induction loop. And Sony have brought out a high-end Walkman MP3 player costing a mere £2,999.
Share Radio's tech supremo Steve Caplin delves into the features of Apple's forthcoming iOS update and looks at the world's fastest supercomputer. China is planning to put a solar power plant in space, there's an autonomous gas tanker, driverless taxis in San Francisco, 3D printing of ears and the ability to print inside the body, mouse jigglers for those not working particularly hard at home and a crowd-funded portable extractor.
Steve Caplin, Share's tech expert, discusses with Simon Rose a new electric car powered by the sun. There's an electric DeLorean, a tracked VW camper van, an e-bike that could climb Mount Everest – if there was a road, objections to a car park pizza vending machine, parents using Alexa to help with homework, litter-picking in space, robot snakes and crabs and why people using mobile payments are more likely to overspend.
Steve Caplin, Share Radio's technology editor, tells Simon Rose of the Texas scientists who have worked out how to combine cellulose and konjac to make water from thin air while, in New South Wales, they've found a way to get solar panels to generate power at night! There's also a $2m jigsaw, though the puzzle itself is a QR code, Rolls Royce have a new $28m car while the Genesis GV60 comes with facial recognition, a fingerprint engine start and a crystal ball. After 45 years, Voyager 1 is 14.5 billion miles away but still transmitting, though nobody can understand it.
Share Radio's tech expert Steve Caplin tells Simon Rose about the Royal Mail's drone delivery to the Isles of Scilly, Shetlands, Orkneys and Hebrides. Mastercard have a new payment system requiring you to smile, there are teeth-cleaning nanobots on the way, underwater robots are killing jellyfish, drugs will have chocolate sprinkles to defeat counterfeiters, there's a battery that produces electricity from moisture and another from algae, the Dutch have produced a submarine party venue and Israeli scientists have mastered meat in space.
Steve Caplin talks to Simon Rose about the latest tech news. After 21 years, Apple are discontinuing the iPod, the UK is to launch a satellite from Newquay, Mercedes' new electric car will go 1,000km on one charge, the Italians are producing a hydrofoil which will dive down 50 metres, smart screws will detect if they're coming loose in bridges, wind turbines and the like, the Dutch are making cracklier chocolate, there's a crowdfunded inflatable tent and solar table and a prototype app could detect the early stages of Alzheimer's Disease.
Share Radio's technology editor Steve Caplin tells Simon Rose about how Space X is using helicopters to catch its booster rockets - and then drop them! Also the e-buses catching fire in Paris, faster charging for lithium batteries, how to map the moon, a robot that can jump 100 feet, street lights powered by passing cars, AR glasses for the deaf, making better chocolate and how to avoid leaving your baby in the car.
Technology buff Steve Caplin talks to Simon Rose about Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter, about a robotic rat, a luxury yacht that can take to the air, a YouTuber who faked a plane crash, masking cows to control methane, what happened when solar-powered ram-equipped rubbish bins went wrong, a table-tennis robot and an autonomous bus operating on the Forth Road Bridge.
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