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BBC show goes on the road with cutting-edge exhibits

The BBC's science and technology show Tomorrow's World is on the road this summer, with a travelling exhibition visiting various locations throughout the country. We caught up with it at London's Earls Court, where it's running until Saturday.

The show is packed full of live science demonstrations and examples of technology in action. It also features a glittering array of new inventions which we got a closer look at.

One of the most interesting we found was the Archos
Multimedia Jukebox 10, a handheld entertainment centre.

The jukebox works like a miniaturised hard drive, allowing you to store up to 10GB of data in a variety of different formats.

This means it's not only able to record and play back over 2,500 MP3 audio files but it can also hold Mpeg-4 digital video and still photos.

"When you're on the move, you can simply link this up to a TV in your hotel suite and play any of the films stored on your machine," said product manager Remi Durand.

Buy the photo module, and you can download pictures from digital camera CompactFlash or SmartMedia cards to the Jukebox. Plug-in extras are also available to turn the Jukebox itself into a digital camera and camcorder with a 2x zoom.

The Jukebox comes with a standard USB 1.1 interface, and there's an optional USB 2.0, FireWire or a PC card connection. The device costs from £349 inc VAT and will be available in the shops soon.

Other highlights of the show included a game of football played by robotic dogs. The cyberpooches, lent by Sony to the University of Essex for research purposes, have miniature cameras installed in their heads which allow them to recognise a ball and various colours.

"The dogs can identify other team members [by] their colour and shoot goals because the two goals are different colours," said Sarayut Daenkainankaen at the University of Essex. "Coloured signs also show them where they are on the pitch", he explains.

Larger exhibits, such as a mockup of an underground train driver's cab, proved a favourite among the many children who attended the show.

Inside the tube, a video played across the windscreen of the cab to simulate a train journey and London Underground drivers were on hand to explain how to drive a train.

But the simulator stationed in the health zone was perhaps the most popular exhibit. In it, children could take a trip to the centre of the lungs of a teenager experiencing an asthma attack.

For more information about upcoming stops for the roadshow, click here.


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