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Riding the robot spider at CES in Vegas. Drives like a tank. But so much cooler.
Testing 2D-3D live up-conversion. Did it work well? Not particularly. Does it matter? Not really.
Wirelessly transferring a photo from an SLR to a phone for upload to the world. Best make sure the pose is a good one...
Me twice, being corrected by software. Turns out that if there are even tiny differences in alignment between the two images from a 3D camera, audiences will vomit. A reaction I'm unfortunately all too familiar with.
Testing different camera types on safari in South Africa. The guy on the right is a pro. The camera on the left is a pro. The best photo of the trip (according to our viewers) was taken by the guy in the middle. Go figure.
Running from a rampant Android. Shot on an iPhone. Add several cheap or free video effect filters and a steadicam and the results were not bad, in our humble opinion.
Aforementioned iPhone and steadicam captures more running. I felt like Bruce Willis.
Pistol Pete Playstation faces off against Mad Dog Microsoft McReady.
It's a serious business. I sucked a lemon for the part.
Both are beaten to the draw by a chap in cheap fancy dress.
The designer of Dubai has watched too much Buck Rogers.
Buzzing the runway to clear it of animals in the Namib Desert. And when I say "runway", I actually mean "desert".
With Marc and LJ en route to an Indian village.
Infosys in Bangalore. 'Nothing says "Expensive Technology Park" like some mad architecture.'
Our hotel in Japan had rooms so small I couldn't open my suitcase. But the brochure said it had robotic window cleaners. Which probably looked like this.
Every foreign Click starts in the same way. With an homage to the 80s.
South-east Kenya, on the trail of elephants, for an emotional report about the dangers of humans and animals co-existing in... never mind about that, check out the After Effects...
Now just showing off.
Venue: Heart Attack Grill, Las Vegas. Event: Man vs Quadruple Bypass Burger. 11 stone vs 9982 calories. Result: man leaves without even touching it. Or the Butterfat shake. Which has a knob of butter in the top.
"So, 50, how involved have you been in the development of these new headphones?"
"Well, I own the company..."
"Lemmy's got some new headphones, haven't you sir?"
"No, they haven't given me any yet."
Will.I.Am - truly enthusiastic, and quite probably a mad genius.
Tiananmen Square, Beijing. Click, episode 296. My very first show as host. I came so close to not presenting the prog - I missed the plane. Idiot.
Las Vegas. My second show. Caught the plane. With 6 hours to spare. Just to make sure.
Testing the Japanese robots that work together to flow efficiently around obstacles.
Making sparks on the Gadget Show.
Hosting the great and the good of BBC Radio to discuss the future of the wireless.
Recycling bits and chips at Computer Aid. Ready, aim, throw.
Being escorted out of a Video Games expo. Apparently I wasn't the droid they were looking for.
Doing my Top Gear bit. A fully computerised motorbike, with rear view cameras, and a digital dashboard. It didn't work.
The world's smallest RFID chips.
Cresting the dunes for one of my favourite ever shoots, at Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert. The air is cool, and full of silence. Although it doesn't look like it here, the sand is Martian red, and you really feel like the last, or first, person on the planet.
Logging on in the middle of nowhere using satellite broadband. 10am now, and the temperature is rising.
After a long hot morning, time to take a dive into the...sand.
A typical Click schedule - we even try and squeeze in a link or two on the way to and from Sossusvlei. Fortunately the Flying Eye had hardened my stomach against the choppy conditions. Cameraman and director didn't fare so well...
Grilling Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel.
"It looks like you're trying to make a visual effect. Do you need help with that?"
Street attacks are common in some parts of London.
Can't imagine why these never caught on.
In the days before Kinect, Japanese researchers were experimenting with gesture control. Lights up. Lights down.
We were shooting near Clerkenwell in London, and happened upon a solar-powered thingy with little pods to sit in and enjoy chillaxing sounds and images. An opportunity not to be missed, not least because of the nice sit-down.
Explaining mp3 to the Gadget Show audience. Struggling to make myself heard, thanks to the guy making a racket behind. Which was kind of the point...
Shades. With headphones built-in. That look like this. 'nuff said.
Of course they let me stroll down the runway next to the warplane in a suit. How else could we possibly have achieved this shot..?
A nice idea from South Africa. Insert a blank CD into a Freedom Toaster and burn a choice of open-source software onto it. In the developing world, where there is no money for licensing products, Ubuntu, Firefox and Open Office do very well indeed.
Explaining 3D Hollywood style. With jazz hands.
Thousands of songs in the same physical space that you could previously store about 30.
The world's first bar code, on a packet of Wrigley's gum. Of course, as with all technology, things have since been miniaturised...
Riding the four-legged walking robot in Seoul.
In Seattle, they're growing contact lenses with built-in computer displays. Which may look like this when popped in the eye.
The fastest electric car I have ever experienced. The X1 has the body of an Ariel Atom, and the soul of a speed devil. I was taken for a quick spin around the winding hillside roads of California, and was relieved when it was over.
Explaining stun guns on the Gadget Show using a collapsible giraffe. No toys were hurt during the making of the piece.
Discovering the lightning effect in After Effects.
Skin-tight motion-capture suit. More balls.
Filming three Spens is a tricky ask. Three separate trailers, three assistants, the arguments over which two will be vapourised after the shoot. Nightmare.
Getting on famously with James Cameron. Despite a fearsome reputation, he didn't shout at us once. In fact, we had a good old chat about Avatar, which he was in the middle of shooting.
The magic of "Cantennas", which are used to direct wifi signals over long distances, around the hilly landscape between a South African AIDS clinic and the nearest hospital.
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