Steve Caplin feels (slightly) sorry for Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson, told just after their flights that they don't qualify to be astronauts. He reflects on those changing their Tinder location to Tokyo in the hope of dating an Olympic athlete. He also discusses the e-motorbike that will follow you around, a way to get your exercise bike to tilt on imaginary hills, how to experience the Great Barrier Reef while staying at home, a Covid mask with a speaker, making fake reviews illegal, a physical stock ticker, the return of the Mini Moke and a way of arranging camping in people's gardens.
Steve Caplin, Share Radio's technology editor, admires Jeff Bezos's space flight but wishes the crew had thought to take a camera with them. He is perplexed by the new James Bond Aston Martin which needs refuelling every 10 miles. There's also a new Steam Deck portable console, Deep Dive Dubai with a sunken city to explore, Morrison's abandoning checkouts, Tel Aviv tackling a dog poo epidemic with DNA testing, Google Maps "potentially fatal" route up Ben Nevis and the high-tech travel saxophone.
Share Radio tech whizz Steve Caplin explains why Sainsbury's has decided to stop selling CDs and DVDs and why the Japanese government hasn't been able to scrap its fax machines. He gasps at the $1.5m auction for a Super Mario 64 game and even more being spent on Isaac Newton's handwritten notes. He discusses 3D police mugshots, the proposal to shoot containers at 760 mph down a mag-lev tube, at robot sculptors at Carrara, Italy's famed marble centre and at dynamic focus sunglasses and a table lamp controlled by a hovering steel ball - until it gets lost.
Share Radio's tech whizz Steve Caplin on 82-year-old woman astronaut Wally Funk finally getting the chance to travel into space. There's a Cambridge supercomputer using AI to solve healthcare problems, vertically-farmed strawberries, a fishmonger who beat Amazon in court, the prospect of burgers made from chaff, smart MOD missiles that talk to each other, a colour-changing bike helmet, temporary pacemakers that dissolve and microneedle patches made of ice.
Steve Caplin, Share Radio's tech whizz, discusses with Simon Rose problems with the NHS app as well the tourists charged over £2,000 for visiting Brighton Pier. He tells of a new flying car in Slovakia, how Google is warning users of "data voids", how Lego is making bricks from recycled bottles, how you can ride in a balloon to the edge of space (for $125,000), the glasses that simulate a 140-inch screen and the crowd-funded device enabling you to use a laptop outside.
Share Radio's tech guru Steve Caplin looks at Jeff Bezos's space trip with the $28 million auction winner, at Tesla's new car that accelerates to 60mph in less than 2 seconds, at cinema speakers giving each member of the audience a personal sound bubble, at how to find a cool walk in Barcelona, a cure for hiccoughs, the British Army finally ditching maps, tuneable glasses and an app that will play music not just from any country but also any decade since 1900.
The original 'Gadgets and Gizmos' with Share Radio's technology editor Steve Caplin - the first of over 300 episodes of our weekly tech programme, originally published on Share Radio's first day of broadcasting, 5th November 2014.
Steve Caplin, Share Radio's gadget guru, discusses the net outage that took down so many websites as well as the encrypted-message app set up by the FBI to trap organised crime gangs. As well as highlighting developments in Apple's new iOS iteration, he discusses robot falcons deterring airfield pigeons, a 3D printed cello, a revolutionary women's urinal, microbes removing stains in the Medici chapel, a farmer using cow and sheep manure to power crypto mining and why Vietnamese Nem Chaua sausages can be used as a food preservative.
Share Radio's technology editor Steve Caplin explains how the Japanese believe they can turn food scraps into a building material stronger than concrete. Also Amazon Sidewalk and meditation boxes for their warehouse employees, how potatoes can be made to fluoresce to show if they're stressed, the British tanks that cost £3.5 billion that are almost completely useless, smart sunglasses, a 25-inch e-ink monitor and why the world's deepest pool is to be built in Cornwall.
Steve Caplin, Share Radio's technology editor, looks at Google's 3D video chat system, the return of airships, Einstein's e-mc squared letter, the installation of the swimming pool 35 metres high, a hydrogen engine with only 20 parts, an electric Popemobile, an anti-hacking system, how a man blind for 40 years has recovered his eyesight, a 3D-printed electric scooter and he discovers just how prescient rocket scientist Wernher von Braun was in one of his science-fiction novels.