If you're searching for Christmas gift ideas, Steve Caplin has suggestions from the sublime to the utterly ridiculous, from the cheap to the eye-wateringly expensive. Tripods, tyre inflators, exploding air rifle targets, cassette players, bluetooth buttons, sock clips, ipod stands for watching video in bed, an impressively powerful phone charger and even an underwater villa to stay in in the Maldives.
Steve Caplin looks (carefully) into the high tech loo that can check for signs of disease, the Amazon Alexa microwave, why wombat poo is cuboid, bike mirrors for the hands, the Chinese scientists who've created a heat source six times hotter than the sun and why our genes may decide if we prefer tea or coffee.
Steve Caplin looks at the first work of art in space, the first solid state plane, how facial recognition technology in China named and shamed a bus poster, singing postboxes, a remote control car with a VR headset and the world's first chewable reusable straw.
Steve Caplin on the company implanting chips into its workers (and then the world), the mind-reading TV remote, the cranes producing 90% efficient energy by hauling up concrete blocks, hologram lecturers and a smart computer for aquariums.
Steve Caplin tells us about the cyber security minister who has never used a computer, the launch of electric scooters in London (limited use only), the folding phone more like a brick, why a kilogram usually isn't, the AI news anchor and the collapsible bike helmet (in a good way).
Steve Caplin on Facebook's 3D photos, on a drone that could be a massive aid in disaster operations, on Amazon's "review factories", on a way to make film ratings more objective, on a self-cleaning water bottle and on a quick stop bike lock for when you just want to "pop in" for something and don't want the hassle of fastening your bike to a piece of street furniture.
Steve Caplin enlightens us about a demonstration of what 5G will be able to do, on Amazon extending its Alexa services, of the consequences of mistakes on Google Maps, on autonomous taxis to launch in London in 2021, of the invention of plastic from potatoes, on the world's lightest phone stabiliser, on a concert hologram of Amy Winehouse and on the French navy using albatrosses to track illegal fishing boats.
Our technology expert, Steve Caplin, is excited by Amazon's new version of the Kindle which is waterproof for an hour and can store 4000 books. He also looks at new robot vacuums which can empty themselves.
Steve Caplin discusses a Saudi-invented car that lets you keep fit with bike pedals as you drive, at robot viticulturists, robot caterpillars that will crawl inside you (for medical reasons), at the moving tail you can control with your phone, a startup that aims to let you live forever, at least in your friends' memories and BAE's wearable cockpit.
Steve Caplin tells Simon Rose about a new app that will sing the words you type - in different musical styles. He also looks at online disasters for Facebook and the Conservative Party, at a bus that cleans up pollution, Amazon's new store, the phone with 5 cameras and an over-complicated, expensive way of cooling drink as you drive.