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this is bbc news, the headlines: the trump administration has announced new rules that could deprive around 60 million american women of access 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. coming up in ten minutes‘ time, newswatch. but first on bbc news, click. in the land that inspired
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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 something very interesting down on paper. this is projection mapping, where an image is projected onto a specially—marked surface and as the surface moves, the projector warps its image to keep it in the right place. the difference between this and everything we have seen previously is just how accurately the project follows the surface. the system is scanning the marker dots and understands the scene 1000
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times every second, which really is faster than the eye can see. and it's this super—fast processing of the environment that professor masatoshi ishikawa thinks will be necessary when we hand over more control to machines. how have you done that? what is the science behind this? we're notjust talking about projecting an image onto a fast moving object either.
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they can also follow an object with a camera with incredible precision. just look at how this ball is staying absolutely in the middle of the shot no matter how fast i move it. in fact, remember, it's 1,000 frames a second so we can even do this. instead of having to physically move the projector or here, the camera, it's this mirror that moves to catch the action, reflecting it up into the lens. although there are no concrete plans to use this in the tokyo 2020 0lympics, this would certainly give you a proper ball‘s—eye view of televised sport. and that super—fast image processing can also be put to other uses including reacting to an opponent's hand gesture in the as yet non—0lympic sport of rock, paper, scissors. see, that was so fast i didn't even
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know whether it beat me. paper. scissors. that's too fast for my brain to actually work out what's 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 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 ceatec attracts more than 600 companies, many showing off their ideas before they're due to come to market. dan simmons is there to show us the best of them. ceatec seems to be full of these cute robots, but they're not as helpful as they look.
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i would rather 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 fat content, protein, carbohydrates of any dish that i put in there. at the moment itjust works with simple dishes. it 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, pretty calorific, i might say. i might leave that one in there. it struggles with several foods on one single plate and readings on my quiche varied a bit. so panasonic says the caloraco is still a few years away. but fish has to be good for you, right? so, doctor, i'm having these stomach pains... computer speaks japanese man speaks japanese
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computer: what did you eat yesterday? i ate some sushi. man and computer converse in japanese i see. then i'll check so please wait a moment. and i'm waiting a moment. 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 cloud so response times will depend on cellular signal strength. this manga book has had a makeover and translation is again on hand. panasonic's cocotto love to teach children.
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it praises and cautions them while encouraging them to do daily tasks like eating vegetables or cleaning teeth. parents can get the robot to nudge the child in the right direction through the app. but cocotto cannot be thrown, or it will break. it's 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 the table tennis playing robot serves. didn't get much of a rally in there. it's faster and it's meaner. now, as well as tracking the ball, it's also tracking my body language, which 0mron says means
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it can detect when i'm about to go for a smash and respond accordingly. it didn't even move, did it? let's face it. it didn't even move when i went for that smash. are you 0k? at a swish cross—continent press event this week, google showed off its new goodies specifically designed for the home. i popped along for a gander. they're there when you need them, they're simple to use. and they anticipate your needs. we're introducing mini. first up, the new home mini. this cute doughnut is a more compact version of the home, an assistant set to rival amazon's echo dot, with a pricetag
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to match ofjust under £50. of course a premium version called max with its main mission of playing music changes audio levels according to its ambient surroundings. top of the line up, however, was a new flagship smart phone starting at £629. and here it is. this is the google pixel 2. this is the xl version, which is six inches in size, the regular pixel‘s five inches. this moves the speakers so when you're watching a movie in landscape mode you're not muffling any of the audio. it also has a nifty feature called live edge which when you squeeze the phone it brings up google assistant which can then help you on your way. what's the best phone? hmmm... its camera has had a reboot as well. it comes with a clever portrait mode which creates depth of field found
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in professional photos with only a single lens, using machine learning to do so. verifications and reminders, all without pushing a button.. with the new always—on display, the phone also shows you what song is playing in the background wherever you are. it's always listening. the pixel 2, particularly the xl version, is really good. high—end. meets the specifications of the other competitors too. but it only has a tiny percentage of the market, 0.5% compared to iphone and samsung. it has a tremendous amount of work to do to catch up. that is what was interesting. the vp of hardware came right out and said that they all 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 at apple last yearfor getting rid of a 3.5
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millimetre audiojack, google has done the same. pixel 2 users will have to use an adaptor which fits into the usbc charging port to listen with wired headphones, which is included with the phone. or they could buy new pixel buds. when used with google translate, they say this allows wearers to chat to people speaking a different language. but anyone who has tried google translate, they know how that will go. hey, isabelle, how's it going? absolutely 0k. thank you. at £159 for the pair, the earphones themselves have five hours of battery life but can be repowered up to four times on their special charging case. bud or duds? we'ill soon see. that's it for the shortcut of click
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from this week from japan. the full—length version is up on iplayer for you to watch right now. don't forget, there's loads of extra content on facebook and twitter. we live @bbcclick. thanks for watching and we'll see you soon. welcome to newswatch with me, samira ahmed. several coughs, an unwelcome interruption, letters falling off a sign, should those have been the headlines from theresa may's conference speech this week? and after the mass shooting in las vegas, how much of the distressing footage should the bbc have shown? we will discuss both those issues shortly with the controller of bbc news channels. first, political party conferences can be dull affairs, but the last day of the conservatives‘ gathering in manchester this week was not short of incident. how those incidents were reported by the bbc, though, led to hundreds of objections from bbc viewers. here, on video and by telephone,
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are some of them, starting with david seymour‘s reaction to wednesday's news at one. one of the most gruelling speeches of her career... the news opened with two headlines from the speech, namely mrs may's throat, and the prankster who tried to give her a p45. simon mccoy did say that the speech would be discussed in more detail later in the bulletin. much later, norman smith regurgitated the issues mrs may had faced. the real dangerfor mrs may is... only right at the end was there any kind of mention of the content of the speech. then, mr smith commented that these issues had undermined mrs may's authority. this is not the kind of political discussion and analysis i would expect from the bbc's deputy political editor. so... excuse me. will you stop showing that footage of theresa may coughing?
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it's disgraceful. just give her a break. you wouldn't be doing that if it was a bloke or if it wasjeremy corbyn. stop showing that silly clip. it has nothing to do with anything. theresa may's speech had many of us covering our eyes. watching it through our hands, wondering if she would get to the end. this was a dreadful end to a difficult week for theresa may.
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