hello again, mike. good afternoon. lewis hamilton has been dominating qualifying for the japanese grand prix taking pole position their for the first time and is joined by sebastian vettel on the front of the grid. the only place anybody could catch hold of lewis hamilton was outside of his car. he left everybody choking on his exhaust fumes. team—mate valtteri bottas came close to losing it in the battle to keep up. romain grosjean did further back. the first session ended early. there was no end in sight for the misery hamilton caused rivals, smashing michael schumacher‘s track record three times on the way to claiming the 71st pole position of his career but his first here. remarkably, only his first at suzuka. fantastic job, remarkably, only his first at suzuka. fantasticjob, guys. with second placed valtteri bottas penalised for
a gearbox change, sebastian vettel moves up to start alongside hamilton but with half a second between them, the german will need every trick to catch the briton. back home, it is the biggest night in the rugby league calendar as leeds take on castleford in the super league grand final at old trafford. leeds have been in the final ten times and have won ten of those but this is all news from —— for castleford but they do have manners still luke gale in their season manners still luke gale in their season and they enjoyed a fantastic season. season and they enjoyed a fantastic season. people have been questioning whether we have the wherewithal to be tough in a game of this magnitude. we need to prove people wrong and show we have the mettle to bea wrong and show we have the mettle to be a team who will be around for a fair while. i know from our coaches point of view where we have been and
how far away we have been from this place. if you had a tape measure for the distance, at times we have been on the moon. it would have been like walking to the meaning to ask if this team would ever get back to the grand final? i tell you, we were miles off. jack clifford is a doubt for the autumn series in rugby union after dislocating his shoulder. clifford took a knock to his shoulder and left the field with his arm in a sling. he missed the tour of argentina after surgery on the same joint. 17th place may not sound impressive but british gymnast amy tinkler was chuffed with her performance at the world championships in montreal. she had ankle surgery weeks ago so just to compete was an achievement. she had a great routine on the floor and that is the discipline that gave her an olympic bronze medal in rio. that is all your sport now. it is
time next four click. this week, click is injapan where we will be rolling, ponging, 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 glitter in the dark near the gates. all those moments have been lost in time, like tears in the rain. time to make some newjapan 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 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 scans the marker dots and understands the scene 1000 times every second which really is faster
we are notjust talking about projecting an image onto a fast moving object either. 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. in fact, remember, it is 1000 frames a second so we can even do this. instead of having to physically move the projector or here, the camera, it is 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 superfast 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 know if it beat me. paper. scissors. that's too fast for my brain to work out what is going on. just for the record, it is identifying my moves as soon as i start to open my hand and then countering with a winning move before 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 are due to come to market. dan is there to show us the best of them.
ceatec seems to be full of these cute robots. but they are not as helpful as they look. 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, rather full of calories, 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. panasonic says it 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 in japanese. man speaks japanese. computer: what did you eat yesterday? i ate some sushi. man and computer converse in japanese. i see. then i will check. 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. and a wristwatch has been brought up to date by epson. and, no, 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 go and the direction. which i set previously by pushing this button to set a waypoint. oh... oh, god, i just set the waypoint. now all... which... 0k, 0k. igive in. let's go back to the robots. panasonic's cocotto love to teach children. 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. 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 the table tennis playing robot serves. it is faster and it is meaner. now, as well as tracking the ball it is also tracking my body language, which 0mron 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. are you ok? i nearly hit you. 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 headsets. the samsung hmd 0dyssey claims to make use of the full grunt of the updates by allowing users to navigate their environment while enjoying the vr or ar experience or sometimes both. microsoft are not the only ones experimenting with mixed reality. the 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 on stage. 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 the feeling that they are right inside the robot's head. and, finally, we got a look at honda's latest humanoid robot which it has been working on for the last two years. the disaster relief robot can move through narrow gaps, crawl over debris and even climb ladders. at a swish cross—continent press event this week,
google showed off its new goodies specifically designed for the home. i went along for a gander. they are there when you need them, they're simple to use. and they anticipate your needs. we are 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‘ echo dot with a pricetag to match ofjust under £50. 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, six inches in size to
the regular pixel‘s 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 live edge which when you squeeze the phone it brings up google assistant which can then assist you. what is 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 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 is always listening. the pixel 2, particularly the xl version is really good. high—end. meets the specifications
of the other competitors as well but it only has a tiny percentage of the market. .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 millimetre audiojack, google has done the same. pixel 2 users will have to use an adaptor which fits into the usb3 charging port to listen with wired headphones which are 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.
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 have five hours of battery life but can be repowered up to four times from a special 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 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? bud or duds? we will soon see. now it's back to dan at ceatec. 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 hand writing the answers. you can do anything here at ceatec, race a formula e car, practice your windsurfing, even climb a mountain. but sometimes all you really want is an easy time at the convenience store. don't you just hate it when you finish doing your 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 just popped your basket into something like this, pushed the screen and itjust knew exactly what was inside it. the reason why this works is because of these rfid tags, they've made them nice and easy to see, but they'd 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 it couldn't scan all the items in one go by putting the basket in a reader. now they can. now, murata, 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, i found a technology to help cut through the noise. all talk over eachother individual voice, that's basically because as we grow older, it's more difficult to distinguish sounds but also if 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 simultaneously dan: now, the system works out the individual component of my voice and therefore it can go off and rebuild it and resynthesise it to cut out all the background sounds. woman: mitsubishi electric technology is de—clustering the speech recognition, which uses ai and is the world's first. the company says one use could be better voice control of tech in cars when everyone's chatting. now, how about feeling like you're in two places at the same time? japanese outfit kddi calls this telepresence and the haptic 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 5g 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 how much to squeeze them before lifting. transferring distinctive feelings to us humans is what alps is trying to recreate. the company already make components for smart phones and games controllers and reckon in two to three years you'll feel more thanjust vibrations. that is cold! oh, wow! i can feel a heartbeat. but i guess because my fingers aren't moving on the controller i can't feel the fur. that's very good. the sound from the controller adds to the sense of reality. this is hot? very hot. i think that could catch on! that was dan at ceatec
and we'll end this week on a high... literally. this is a vr zone shinjuku and it's onlyjust opened so we thought we would drop in. spread over two expansive floors in tokyo's expensive shinjuku district, vr zone represents a big bet on vr being a big winner. after all, 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. time for me to don my supersecret disguise and face my fears in the interest of feline well—being. 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! all right, just stay there, kitty. come on! oh, no, the plank's fallen. what are you looking at? 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's especially relevant here in tightly—packed tokyo. to really sell the feeling of immersion, each game has
its own custom interactive rig. there's the vr fishing rod, bicycle, segway, other self—balancing transportation scooters are available, fighter jets, skis, complete with chilled air fan, and of course the giant vr robot thumb. oh my gosh! i'm going up! wow! i can feel the heat of the laser swords. the one drawing the biggest crowds, unsurprisingly, features this guy. you hare around the track talking to your friends on your headset while smacking them with hammers or hurling exploding turtles at them. 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... screaming excited about strapping a headset on to their face. 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 in japan this week. don't forget we live on twitter @bbcclick and all that business. i'll see you soon. hello there. after a bit of a breezy, cloudy sort of morning with
some outbreaks of rain, through the afternoon, we should see things starting to brighten up a little bit for some of us. plenty of showers across western scotland and northern ireland and western england. elsewhere, we should start to see brighter skies with temperatures around 1a to 17 degrees. breezy as well. if you want to see the meteor shower tonight, it should be mostly clear fit eastern scotland north—eastern england and the east and south of england as well. temperatures staying in double figures wherever you are tonight. tomorrow should be a better day than we have seen today with fewer showers, lighter winds and more clear skies. still a few showers in western scotland and perhaps in other parts as well. temperatures should feel a degree or two warmer as well. by finau. good afternoon. there are renewed fears for the future of jobs at the bombardier aerospace factory in belfast — after us government
announced a further increase in tariffs on planes made by the company. the united states claims bombardier has received unfair financial support from the uk and canada — where the planes are assembled. our business correspondent, joe lynam reports. bombardier and its predecessor, shorts have been at the heart of the manufacturing economy in belfast for decades. 4,000