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to free contraception. employers and insurance companies can now exempt themselves from providing birth control on religious or moral grounds. civil rights groups say they'll fight the move. spain has apologised to people injured during sunday's disputed referendum in catalonia. the catalan government could be just days from declaring independence from spain — but its former leader has warned the region's not ready to go it alone. vigils have been held in las vegas for the victims of the deadliest mass shooting in recent us history. police say they've followed up more than a thousand leads — but still don't know the motive for the attack that left 58 people dead and hundreds injured. duncan golestani is here at two o'clock but now on bbc news it's time to click. this week, link is injapan where we
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will be rolling, ponting, stroking and screaming. lots of screaming. i have seen things you people wouldn't believe. crystals on fire, on the shoulders of unicorns. i have watched sunbeams litter in the dark
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near the gate. all those moments have :i time, like tears “£55 kg; lxé‘ l-é l“; pea;- l524.» the “£55 kiie lxé‘ 'e l“; fee;- l524.» the rain. “£55 kiie lxé‘ i-e l“; fee;- l524.» the rain. time “£55 kiie lxé‘ ie i“; i'zeei- l524.» the rain. time to “£55 ieeee lxé‘ ie ieee i'zeei- l524.» the rain. time to make some “£55 ieeee ixé‘ ie ieee i'zeei- igér-rr the rain. time to make some new in the rain. time to make some new japan memories. in the rain. time to make some new japan memories. in the land that inspired blade runner, we are spending two weeks exploring this unique country as it aims for the moon, reaches for the stars and tries to look after its own backyard. it's going to be a wild ride. and, just like in other parts of the world, a lot of fascinating research goes on insidejapan's academic institutions. here at the university of tokyo, they're putting
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something very interesting down on paper. this is projection mapping, where an image is projected onto a specially marked surfers and as the surface moves, the projector walked its image to keep it in the right place. difference between this and everything we have seen previously is just how accurately the project follows the surface. the system scans the marker dots and understands the scene 1000 times every second which really years faster than the eye can see. and it is this super fast processing of the environment that is professor things will be necessary when we hand over more control to machines. how have you done that? what is the
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science behind this? we are not just we are notjust talking about projecting an image onto a fast moving object either. they can also follow a n moving object either. they can also follow an object with a with incredible precision. just look at how this ball is staying absolutely in the middle of the short. no matter how fast imovie. in fact, rumourand it is matter how fast imovie. in fact, rumour and it is 1000 frames a second that we can even do this. instead of having to physically move
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the projector or come here, the camera, it is this mirror that moves to catch the action, reflecting it up to catch the action, reflecting it up into the lens. although there are no concrete plans to use this in the tokyo 2020 olympics, this would certainly give you a proper bull's—eye view of televised sport. and that superfast image processing can also be put to other uses including reacting to an opponent's and gesture in the as yet non— 0lympic and gesture in the as yet non— olympic sport of rock paper scissors. see, that was so fast i didn't even notice it beat me. paper. scissors. that's too fast for my brain to work out what is going on. just for a record, it is identifying my moves as soon as i start to open my hand and then countering with a winning move for my hand is fully open. so, basically, it's cheating. it may
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have won the game but i can take the moral high ground. now to chiba, just outside tokyo where japan's biggest tech —fest is being held. each year it in has more than 600 companies showing off their ideas before they are due to come to market. dan is there to show us the best of them. vtec seems to be full of these cute robots. that they are not as helpful as they look. i would like to show you something you might find useful. it may look like a microwave oven but this piece of kit is designed to tell me the number of calories and the sort of fact contend, routine, carbohydrate of any dish that i put in there. at the moment itjust works with simple dishes. uses near infrared light and
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a nalyses dishes. uses near infrared light and analyses the reflection of those inside the device and it should work with any sort of food. eventually. it only takes around ten seconds and here is what we have. this piece of quiche, ratherfull of here is what we have. this piece of quiche, rather full of calories, here is what we have. this piece of quiche, ratherfull of calories, i might say. i might leave that one in there. it struggles with several foods on one single plate and readings on may quiche varied. panasonic says it is still a few yea rs panasonic says it is still a few years away. but fish has to be easy, right? so, doctor, having stomach pains... what did you eat yesterday? i ate some so she did. i see. i will
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check. please wait a moment. and i'm waiting. and that sort of interaction, eye contact can be kept and also nobody needs to touch any device either. it seems quite natural, apart from that long distance call wait. the translation is done in the clouds a response times will depend on cellular signal strength. this comic book has had a makeover and translation is again on hand. and a wristwatch has been brought up today by epson. and, now, they did not print it. it is old school, it is analogue but it is smart. it will measure temperature, altitude, the steps i take, calories and uv light. the direction i'm looking in and it can take me back to my hotel. by pressing this button it shows me the distance i have to
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go and the direction. which i said previously by pushing this button to set a waypoint. 0h... previously by pushing this button to set a waypoint. oh... oh, previously by pushing this button to seta waypoint. oh... oh, god, i just set the waypoint. now all... which... 0k, 0k. just set the waypoint. now all... which... 0k, ok. i just set the waypoint. now all... which... 0k, 0k. igive in. let's just set the waypoint. now all... which... 0k, ok. i give in. let's go back to the robots. panasonic's robot love to teach children. it praises and cautions them will encourage them to do daily tasks like eating vegetables or cleaning teeth. parents can get the robots nudge the child in the right direction. but it cannot be thrown, or it will break. this is a cushion with a wagging tail. it wags differently, depending on how you stroke it. i think it is time for man versus machine. for the first time ever, this year's version of
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the table tennis playing robot serves. it is faster and it is meaner. now, as well is tracking the ball it is also tracking my body language. which someone says can detect if i am about to go for a smash and respond accordingly. it did not even move, did it. it did not even move when i went for that smash. hello and welcome to the week in tech. microsoft this week showed off its upcoming windows mixed reality update revealing an addition to its lineup of mixed reality
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headsets. the samsung hmd 0dyssey claims to make use of the full brunt of the updates by allowing users to navigate their environment while enjoying the vr or a our environment or sometimes both. microsoft are not the only ones experimenting with mixed reality. national theatre are testing smart glasses, allowing people with hearing impairments to enjoy live performances. it shines light into user's eyes to overlay captions. researchers have figured out a way to turn everyday objects and our body parts into remote controls. a simple webcam tracks movements in a room and, unlike traditional gesture control, the moving object can be anything. perhaps a hand or a toy car. and, off—the—shelf vr equipment could one day be used to control robots in the field. the virtual cockpit, developed by mit, gives human pilots
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the feeling that they are right inside the robot's ed. and, finally, we got a look at honda's latest humanoid robot which has been working on for the last two years. the disaster relief robot can move through narrow gaps, call over debris —— crawl over debris and even climb ladders. at a cross continent press event this week google showed off its new goodies designed for the home. i went along for a gander. they are there when you need them thomas simple to use. and they anticipate your needs. we are introducing this. first up, the new home mini. this cute doughnut is a more compact version of an assistance set to rival amazon. a
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premium version called max with its main mission of playing music changes audio levels are according to its ambience surrounding. top of the line up, however, was a new flagship smart phone starting at £629. and here it is. this is the google pixel number two. this is the xl version, six inches in size to the regular as five inches. this moves the speakers so when you are watching a movie in landscape mode you do not muffle the audio. it also has a nifty feature called a live edge which we knew squeeze the phone it brings a google system which can then assist you. is the best phone? ,... then assist you. is the best phone? its camera has had a reboot as well. it comes with a clever
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portrait mode which creates depth of field found in professional photos with only a single lens union machine learning to do so. verifications and reminders, all without pushing a button is. with the new always on display, the phone also shows you what song is playing in the background wherever you are. it is always listening. be pixel number two, particularly the xl version is really good. high—end. admits the specifications of the other competitors as well but it only has a tiny percentage of the market. .05%. it has a tremendous amount of work to do to catch up. that is what was interesting. vp of hardware is came right out and said that they have the same standards and he was saying that they will now rely on software and machine learning, ai, really, to try make these things better than their competitors. and after having a dig
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at apple last you for getting rid of at apple last you for getting rid of a 3.5 millimetre audio jack, google has done the same. texel to users will have to use an adaptor which fits into the us pc charging port to listen with wired headphones which are included with the phone. for it they could buy new pixel buds. they say this allows wearers to chat to people speaking a different language. for anyone who has tried google translate, they know how that will go. how is it going? absolutely 0k. thank you. at £159 for the pair, the earphones themselves are five hours of battery life that can be repowered or two four times on a special card in public charging case. it has to be noted that the translation app already does this. you can actually do this anyway. whether it is possible for these
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earbuds to act quickly and produce something approaching real—time translation is the key. if they cannot do that, if it results in stilted conversation with lots of pauses, then what is the point? the but we will soon see. now it's back to dan at sea tech. could this robot be top of the class ? could this robot be top of the class? denso isn't quite as dense as it would seem. it's answering university exam questions using artificial intelligence and then handwriting the answers. you can see do anything here at c—tech, practice your windsurfing, even climb a mountain. but sometimes all you really wa nt mountain. but sometimes all you really want is an easy time at the convenience store. don't you just hate it when you finished doing your
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shopping and you've got to scan through each and every single item before you can end up paying for it? wouldn't it be better if you could p0p wouldn't it be better if you could pop your basket into something like this, push the screen and itjust knew exactly what was inside it. the reason why this works is because of these id tags, they've made them nice and easy to see, but they would be inside the packaging and we've seen them before, but these ones work through water and through metal so they can actually put them inside. about ten years ago they tried to do this and couldn't scan all the items in one go by putting the basket in a reader. now they can stop it now, the company that make the radio frequency tags need to find a way to make them cost—effective and reduce pricing from 10 cents each to a disposable one. with so many companies here vying for attention, ifound with so many companies here vying for attention, i found technology to help cut through the noise. individual voice, that's basically
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because as we grow older, it's more difficult to distinguish sounds but also everybody is talking at the same time. it's often quite tricky to pull out one person's conversation. but this microphone could help. it's listening very closely and can separate out two or three voices talking at the same time. both talk the system works out the individual component of my voice and it can go off and rebuild it and simplify it to cut all the background sounds. it uses a live and it's the world's first. the
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company says one use could be better voice control of tech in cars when eve ryo ne voice control of tech in cars when everyone is chatting. now, how about feeling like you're in two places at the same time? japanese outfit kddi calls this tele— presence and the feedback is crucial. i have the ball, ladies and gentlemen. i have the ball. here the robot is connected to my body tracking gear through a wire but with super fast five g telecoms networks just a year or two away, the company thinks it will help operators work remotely anywhere in the world. this robotic arm has developed a sense of pressure to its touch so although objects may look similar, it feels like i'm squeezing before lifting. transferring distinctive feelings to us transferring distinctive feelings to us humans is what alps is trying to recreate. the company already make components for smart phones and games controller is an reckon into
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the three years you'll feel more than just the three years you'll feel more thanjust migration the three years you'll feel more than just migration is. the three years you'll feel more thanjust migration is. that is called! 0h, thanjust migration is. that is called! oh, wow! i can feel thanjust migration is. that is called! oh, wow! i canfeela heartbeat. —— vibrations. i guess because i am not moving on the controller i can't feel the further. that's very good. the sound from the controller adds to the sense of reality. this is what? very hot. i think that could catch on! —— this is hot. that was dan at sea tech and we will end this week on a high, literally. this is a vr is sown shinjuku and it's onlyjust opened so we thought we would drop in. spread over two expansive floors in tokyo's expensive shinjuku district,
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vr zone represents a big bet on br being a big winner. this tech, these staff and this postcode don't come cheap. but before we take a look around we've got a hairy situation on our hands. curiosity won't get this cat, not on my watch. i've got to rescue the kitten, which is on the plank. i'm hanging off the end of the edge of a building. it wobbles. holy cats! stay there, kitty. come on! come on! come on! oh, no, the plank‘s fallen. what are you looking at?
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vr arcades like these are touted as a way for us to experience the best vr has to offer without shelling out for expensive and ever—changing kit, or having to find space in our living rooms. something that is especially relevant here in tightly packed tokyo. to release elver feeling of emotion, each game has its own custom interactive rig. there's the vr fishing rod, bicycle, segway, other self balancing transportation scooters are available, skis, and of course the giant vr robot thumb. i'm going up! wow! i can feel the heat of the
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laser sword. the one drawing the biggest crowds unsurprisingly features this guy. you care around the track talking to your friends on your headset while smacking them with hammers or throwing exploding turtles at them. no way! 0h with hammers or throwing exploding turtles at them. no way! oh my god! i'm inside mario world. this is wild. mind the bumps. got you! hello, luigi! all these years i've been saying if you try and simulate motion in vr when you're not actually moving it's an unpleasant experience, it's still an unpleasant experience. this isn't the first vr arcade that we've seen but it is the first place we've seen so many people getting genuinely... excited
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about strapping a headset on to theirface. even so, this place does make you appreciate just how far vr has to go, from the pages of instructions to the legions of staff managing each experience, the whole thing is still complicated, confusing and cumbersome. depending on who you ask, augmented reality could be the ultimate endgame for vr. that means overlaying information onto the world around us, like this projection mapped climbing wall. the climbing routes can be changed in software, plus programmers can add in extra features and mini games, like the punishing puffs of air when i get something wrong, which is quite often. anyway, that's it from click injapan this often. anyway, that's it from click in japan this week. often. anyway, that's it from click injapan this week. don't forget we on twitter @bbcclick and all that business. i'll see you soon. hello there.
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we've had a treat over the last couple of evenings. some amazing sunset pictures and this was one of them actually from friday evening. beautiful colours there, all because the sun was setting underneath this bank of high cloud that's been streaming down from the north—west. another picture there, this time from coventry. you can see the layers of cloud. that cloud has been thickening and it's been bringing with it outbreaks of rain from the north—west. that's spilling down across england and wales. the rain not amounting to very much, but it does mean it's much more difficult to see the moon at the moment. a lot of cloud as we head into the weekend. throughout the weekend we'll continue to feed in cloudier skies, and probably on saturday you're more likely to catch some rain. should be drier across more of the country on sunday and probably that bit brighter as well. this is early saturday, though,
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and it's a dull start across southern parts of england, perhaps south wales. a bit of rain and drizzle around here. a little bit brighter, though, as you move northwards for a while. in other parts of wales, the midlands, already some showers feeding in on those stronger west to north—westerly winds. a lot of showers to begin the day in northern ireland. in scotland, these showers to the north of scotland could be rather heavy for a time. most of the showers in scotland and northern ireland will be in the morning. in the afternoon they become fewer and lighter. eastern scotland should see some sunshine poking through, a bit more shelter here. improving in the afternoon with some sunshine in north—east england. in between these drizzly rain bands that are moving towards the midlands and this rain that's stuck in the far south—west, we may get some unreliable breaks in the cloud for central, southern england, perhaps south wales. temperatures getting up to 16 or 17 degrees. not quite as warm as that, though, for the super league grand final. that's at old trafford. there will be some rain around here. it's going to be quite
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a dull and damp weekend on the whole across manchester. although this weather front is taking the rain away from the english channel. around the top of this flat area of high pressure, we're again drawing in a lot of cloud. so it's staying pretty mild overnight. we'll still have some of these drizzly showers around on sunday, especially in western scotland. a few running in across wales perhaps into the midlands. many eastern parts of england and scotland, perhaps southern england and south wales, much drier and brighter. a little sunshine, temperatures similar to those on saturday. into the early part of next week and we're going to find all our weather coming in from the atlantic. moving on more quickly over the coming few days, these systems weakening as they run across the uk. it means we're going to find the wind picking up from monday to wednesday, and the wettest weather is always going to be in the north—west. at this stage, not much rain in the south—east. welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. i'm duncan golestani. our top stories... america's battle over birth control:
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