Steve Caplin reveals the winners of the IgNobel Awards for bonkers scientific research. He drools over the new iPhone and thinks gamers will love the company's Apple Arcade. In auto news there's funding for a project to charge car batteries in 6 minutes, a 3-wheel electric car from Estonia and an electric water taxi on trial in the Seine. Self-driving Segways will soon recharge themselves while e scooters could speed up urban journey times if made legal.
Steve Caplin reveals why the BBC's voice assistant is being taught regional accents, where magnetic north has moved to, Bosch's electric pushchair, the zip that could kill astronauts' favoured tradition, the advent of Wifi 6, how many people google "how to change a lightbulb" and Harley-Davidson's electric bikes for three-year-olds.
Steve Caplin explains how, in China, you may soon be able to pay for goods with a smile (while a hand might do it for Amazon). Hauwei unveil the first 5G phone; Apple launch a titanium card you must take care with; popular face-swapping app Zao has privacy problems, Hyundai have an electric scooter you can charge in the boot while South Korean robots are being taught to feel pain.
Steve Caplin looks at the new Hyundai hybrid with a solar panel roof, at a Motorola phone with a 117-degree 12MP wide-angle lens which films in landscape whichever way up you hold it, a weird NatWest voice banking service with Google Home, how to read Brunel's bad handwriting, an upright grand piano and how plastic bottles can be turned into prosthetic limbs.
Steve Caplin looks at a facial recognition system for bartenders, the death of the man who invented computer passwords, the tweeter who got round a parental device ban thanks to a smart fridge, the new use for hot water at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and a robotic tail from Japan that is designed to prevent falls for old people.
Steve Caplin on Sony selling 100m Playstation 4s, on contact lenses that can zoom in, on harvesting electricity from walking, on how one person can drive two trucks at once, on an autonomous pod with wheels that rotate 360 degrees, on an e-bike with blindspot assistance, on snail slime's effect on ageing and how tickling your ear can slow the ageing process. All this and the Cobham tea room with a robotic waitress called Theresa.
Steve Caplin on the return of the troubled Galaxy Fold, decoding brainwaves into words, paying in cheques with photos, a wearable air conditioner, digital baggage tags, a "smart" plant pot with an expressive face, a 4K projector, transcribing interviews in real time and a Tokyo hotel with its own Boeing 737 cockpit simulator.
Steve Caplin discusses the world's longest art project, involving London's bridges, the man saved by his Apple watch, the capital's new drinking fountains, an Alexa-powered board game; the new Amazon Kindle, a bluetooth keyboard with keys doubling as a trackpad, a smart coffee table, a recommended travel monitor and the study of studies into whether warm baths aid sleep or not.
Steve Caplin laments the failure of the first cross-Channel hoverboard attempt and the snatching of a gizmo by a seagull. He points out a couple of ways to appreciate the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, applauds the coming of 4G on the Tube, Facebook amassing the largest ever collection of swear words, a working folding kettle, a virtual reality glove for chess players and the launch of BBC and ITV's streaming service.
Steve Caplin on the latest tech stories. Microsoft open their first European shop in Oxford street, astronauts can heal themselves with 3D printers, Ulster shows its Game of Thrones tapestry, York Minister goes contactless, the book Alice in Wonderland is printed (but too small to see), how your clothes can monitor when you're getting ill and fund raising for a tent designed for airport terminals.