Steve Caplin looks at some of the weirdest ideas at the CES, including Segway's 24 mph armchair, augmented reality windscreens, a robotic chef that can't open the fridge and a loo-roll-fetching bear. He also covers a lung kit for snorkelers powered by the swimmer's legs; the Fingerbot for pressing buttons on dumb devices; the headphones that turn into loudspeakers; and how to get a VR theatre experience without leaving home.
Steve Caplin looks at a lavatory intended to discourage employees from sitting there for long. He also covers Facebook banning deep fakes for the US election (but not shallow ones); Microsoft's new Xbox; breathalyser strips to test the skin rather than breath; robots painting white lines on motorways; how to stop your drink freezing while ice fishing; and reducing water use in showers.
Share Radio's Technology Editor Steve Caplin gazes into his crystal ball to see what 2020 might bring. He forecasts an end to sim cards, the arrival of 5G, the roll-out of augmented reality in the workplace, the internet of bodies, an iPhone AR headset, more efficient perovskite solar cells and playing computer games without actually having the game. He also explains what we definitely WON'T see in 2020, despite various predictions to the contrary.
Share Radio's Technology Editor Steve Caplin looks back over some of the tech highlights of 2019. There's a car that can climb a 5ft wall, the Japanese car to sleep or sing in, the cat feeder with facial recognition, the dimmest bank thief of the year, the fridge dating app and the explanation of why farmers should be painting their cows to look like zebras.
Steve Caplin looks at the latest in tech, including Pirelli's 5G cyber tyres, a hologram table, a phone for frogs, a clever bluetooth speak that produces surround sound, a drone for high-flying graffiti artists, the world's first magnetic lightbulb, a coating for toilets to reduce adhesion and the clever way of protecting against mosquitoes.
Share Radio's Technology Editor Steve "Santa" Caplin produces a variety of gadgety gift suggestions. Among them are expensive - and cheap - bluetooth earbuds, an app that transcribes interviews, Scalextric for cats, an LED wardrobe light, a self-stirring mug, an alarm clock that runs away if you snooze it and a remote-controlled crocodile head.
Steve Caplin looks at the efficacy of Waitrose's coffee logs. There's also the problems Uber's self-driving cars have with jaywalkers, blood donors tracking their blood, Tim Berners-Lee's new browser, magnetising blood cells to cure disease, stretchable electronics, rhino horns made with horse hair to deter poachers, cream to help you learn languages or musical instruments and the world's brightest (multi-coloured) headlights.
Technology editor Steve Caplin ponders the feasibility of the first-ever robotic milk round in Milton Keynes. He also looks at Facebook's rebranding, the new Echo Dot, bad news for drone users, Google shaming slow websites, Trainline's automatic refunds and a way to turn any smartphone into a conventional computer for £150.
Steve Caplin laments the arrival of AI job interviewers at Unilever, while an Estonian company is using AI for workers after a pay rise. You could get £100,000 to be the face of a series of humanoid robots, get a camera drone to direct part of your movie, play an app game in real-world streets, trim your hedges and garden with a new device, get an ebike with facial recognition unlocking or order the tallest and widest business jet ever.
Steve Caplin hails the arrival of driverless cars on the streets of London, narrower, windier, busier and wetter than the US. Also, how an artificial leaf can make synthetic gas, a car powered by cow dung, the first selfies in space, an ecologically-sound lunchbox, a wallet-sized fork and spoon and how driverless taxis might make the streets of our cities even busier.