Hayden Turner is a reporter on the globally-broadcast
on the Discovery Channel and the Seven Network.
Beyond Tomorrow features new and innovative technological breakthroughs
across the globe. In its first series in 2005, the program visited more
than 16 countries and produced more than 130 stories on cutting-edge
technology and medical breakthroughs that were shaping the 21st Century.
The program is grounded in the highly successful Beyond 2000, which was
seen by viewers in more than 100 countries in at least 10 different languages,
and ran for 14 series after it launched in 1985.
With a regular viewership of more than 50 million people, Beyond 2000 was the
most widely-travelled and widely seen program of its type in the world.
The reporting team covered stories form around the globe on technology,
medicine, aviation, computers, space, agriculture, transport, architecture,
entertainment, energy, environment, sport, music and leisure.
Over the past ten years the Cheetah population in Namibia has halved to just 3000 animals,
and this is the biggest single population of Cheetahs in the world. While Farming is part
of the problem, the Cheetah is doubly hampered by in-breeding. An ice age 10,000 years ago
restricted the Cheetah gene pool, and male Cheetahs today have significant numbers of
The Cheetah Conservation Fund of Namibia runs an ambitious project to check and store the
sperm of male Cheetah to help build a bigger gene pool within captive breeding programs and
assist establishing stronger blood lines. We follow the team as they rush to the aid of a
Cheetah trapped under suspicion of eating a local Farmers livestock. Might his genes hold
the key for the future survival of this magnificent species?
Snoring can be a serious problem both medically and socially. But thanks to the development
of a new procedure a quick visit to your GP could end those restless nights. The "Pillar Procedure"
involves inserting 3 pieces of polyester thread into the soft palate in the roof of the mouth to
prevent it from vibrating, which is where the snoring sound comes from. It’s quick, cheap and
most importantly effective. Hayden visits a Philadelphia doctor who is putting this new technique
into regular practice.
The story begins with a Dog that alerted its owner to a cancerous mole by persistently sniffing
at it, and even trying to bite it off. Now, in research published in the British Medical Journal,
Scientists have shown Dogs can identify bladder cancer by detecting chemicals emitted by cancerous
cells and passed in urine. We follow a trial where six Dogs of varying types and age are trained
to identify urine samples from 36 bladder cancer patients among 108 healthy volunteers. The lead
scientist, John Church, believes Dogs could play an important role in helping scientists identify
the compounds emitted by cancerous cells, which could then be used to develop better tests.
Designed to facilitate the powernap, 'MetroNap' Pods are the latest trend in New York for stressed
out workers who want to avert the afternoon office slump. The culmination of three years of research
that found that powernaps enhance productivity, 'MetroNaps' is located in the Empire State Building
in New York City. They charge $14 US for a twenty-minute nap, which includes after-napping refreshment
facilities. Beyond Tomorrow heads to the Big Apple to investigate the craze that is 'sleeping' the city.
Hayden hits Philadelphia's shopping district to road test the latest innovation in fashion.
'Intellifit' is the future of clothes shopping. It is an advanced electronic measuring system
that allows a person to step fully clothed into a glass booth and be measured for perfect
sizing. The device will then provide you with your exact size and suggest a range of clothes
that will fit you best.
Cities in the UK are a nightmare for car owners – congestion charges, parking and petrol
tax all add up – plus the fact that a five km journey can take an hour because of traffic.
Urban movers create personal transport (Bikes, Scooters and Powerboards) that you can pedal
if you are feeling energetic, or turn on the electric motor if you can’t be bothered.
Perfectly created for city life, the electric battery is environmentally friendly,
rechargeable and the bike itself folds up so you can take it into the office. We also
test-drive the Urban Mover electric skateboard.
Described as a “mad-scientist-meets-gourmet-chef”, Homaro Cantu of the latest in trendy
eateries, Moto, uses technology to change the way diners eat and perceive food. One of his
unconventional concoctions is sushi he prepares on a Canon i560 inkjet printer. After
printing images of fish on pieces of edible paper made of soybeans and cornstarch, he then
flavours the back of the paper with seasonings. Cantu’s newest experiment is to make food
levitate for your dining pleasure. Hayden visits Moto to sample its unusual menu and explore
Cantu’s culinary vision.
Effective wildlife management means first and foremost determining how many animals you
are dealing with - and for the black bears of Wisconsin this means trekking into the high
snow country and seeking them out. A team of scientists from University of Wisconsin use
radio tracking to find dens where previously tagged females are spending the winter with
their cubs. Then comes the fun part … the scientists have to poke their heads into the den
to determine how active it is, and waking a sleeping bear is not for the faint hearted!
The bears are darted, then given a full medical, and any female cubs are tagged.
The biggest frustration for a traveller to a foreign country would have to be understanding
the language. Whether it be reading a menu in Thailand, getting directions in Italy, or doing
business in Paris, that headache can now be a thing of the past. The technology to make you
multilingual is now available. Hayden heads to the most cosmopolitan city in the world to test
the system that can make you understood in any language.
With land in heavily populated cities scarce and at a premium, a Polish company has found a
way to deliver affordable housing within days. Buma Housing is a modular housing system based
on a light steel frame delivered to your doorstep. All you need to erect it is four people
and a cherry picker and its done! Hayden shows us how a block of flats can appear before
your very eyes.
The economic value of game farming has become a viable alternative for farmers in Africa.
Since fewer cattle on the land means less impact on the delicate African ecosystem, this is
good news for the environment. In today’s economy, wildlife has become a valuable commodity,
bought and sold throughout the world. In Botswana, conservation is no longer about fencing
off national parks and pursuing poachers, but instead about managing the wildlife they have.
Hayden joins Veterinarian Larry Patterson and Chopper Pilot Barney O'Hara as they wrangle a
Giraffe, a delicate and dangerous pursuit.
Hayden introduces us to Professor Stuart Campbell in London who has helped to develop the
latest in ultrasound technology, a 4D ultrasound. While the traditional ultrasound produces
2D images, this latest innovation provides detailed 3D images as well as recording foetal
movement in real time giving a 4th dimension. Professor Campbell hopes it will shed light on
diseases such as cystic fibrosis as well as allow diagnosis of developmental problems.
Looking for love but need a sure fire way of finding it? Love Detector may be the answer. The
'Love Detector' is computer software that analyses different aspects of your voice. The technology
utilizes Layered Voice Technology, to see if the person on the other end of the phone is excited,
embarrassed or maybe ‘in love’. Just install the software on your PC, hook it up to a phone adapter
and dial away. If phone dating isn’t your thing and you prefer face-to-face contact, you may want
to bar-hop with the PDA version!
The internet has brought the world a whole lot closer, but until now computers have been
limited in their ability to communicate more than the senses of sight and sound. Imagine
a computer that can communicate the sense of touch. That's exactly what the New York Museum
of Science has imagined and they’ve made the world's first internet arm-wrestling machine.
It works simply a person in New York can arm-wrestle a person in San Francisco. The computer
interprets movement of a person pushing a lever, sends that interpretation to another
computer which creates resistance on its lever and hey presto, you have a long distance
While we all know how difficult it can be to wake up in the morning, a researcher at the MIT
Media Lab in Boston has invented a cure for dozing after the alarm clock has gone off. No
longer is the snooze button an excuse to doze indefinitely. Clocky is an alarm clock that
will literally roll away when you press the snooze button. When the alarm goes off and you
press snooze, clocky will roll off the bedside table and roll away until it finds a spot to
rest. When the alarm sounds again you have to get up and search for clocky to turn it off!
What will they think of next?
Do you get annoyed if the phone rings just as you are having an important conversation?
Or have to fumble to find the television remote when someone calls? A new invention might
just make that frustration a thing of the past. The Human Media Lab at Queens University
in Canada are looking at how machines and humans interact and are creating 'attentive
appliances'; appliances that know if you don't want to be disturbed. Imagine a telephone
that wont interrupt you if you are talking to someone or a television that will turn
itself off if not being watched. Hayden introduces us to this new technology.
The humble light bulb has been doing the job that it was designed to do relatively unchanged
since created by Thomas Edison in the 1800's. Since that time it has worked simply by a narrow
filament with electric current passing though it causing it to glow white hot and release light,
the only variations being longer lasting but energy hungry tungsten filaments and fluorescent
lamps. The latest in light bulb technology utilises LED's, which are long lasting and much more
energy efficient than the tungsten variety. Designed to save money and energy, these bulbs will
certainly light up your life.
A universal problem for cities is garbage spilling out of bins and blowing around in the wind.
But thanks to a company called Seahorse Power, that might just be a thing of the past. This
company has developed the Big Belly Bins, solar powered compacting garbage bins. When it becomes
full the contents are crushed down by the compacter, which is run by the solar panel. So you can
fit even more garbage in there, dramatically reducing the number of garbage collection trips
required. The deluxe model even sends you a mobile phone message to tell you when it¹s full!
Studying veterinary medicine can be a dangerous and somewhat unpleasant pastime for
inexperienced students, especially when they need to do such tasks as examining the
reproductive tract of a cow for fertility examinations or pregnancy diagnosis. So a
veterinary surgeon in Glasgow has designed the ultimate in haptic technology, a Haptic
Cow. Haptic technology is the science of touch and 'force feedback'. Now a student can
learn how to perform a rectal examination on a simulated cow. The student will feel a
lifelike sensation just like it was the real thing. This provides a safe environment
for cow and student until the student is properly trained. The cow would have to be
happy with that!
One of the biggest problems in law enforcement is knowing if it is safe to storm into
a building where a suspected criminal may be hiding. Too often have police had to go
in blind only to be confronted by a well prepared gunman ready to fire at them. Hayden
visits Remington in Rockville Maryland. The company has developed the "eyeball",
designed to let law enforcement officers get a look inside a room without setting foot
inside. The eyeball is a baseball size, rubber cased state-of-the-art camera weighing
500 grams with a heavy side that stays at the bottom when thrown; just like a lawn bowl.
The ball can give a 360-degree view of the room and relays images back to base through
a wireless system. It gives the saying "keeping your eye on the ball" a whole new meaning.
Homes that can think for themselves might sound like something from a science fiction movie
but in reality such a house is already here. Researchers at Florida University have developed
a home with functions designed to not only make your life easier but will also help the older
generation to stay independent. The smart home has a myriad of functions including the smart
fridge, which detects expired food and tells the smart pantry to write your shopping list.
A smart closet and laundry work together to remind you when it's time to wash your clothes
and the smart microwave automatically knows how long to cook your food without even touching
a button. There's even a smart letterbox that tells you when you have mail. Many more are in
development including a smart floor, presently functioning to track the location of all home
occupants but soon to detect if an occupant falls and automatically reports to emergency services.
Hayden visits a Canadian company which has come up with the latest innovation in prosthetics.
The bionic leg uses sensors that monitor how a person's good leg is functioning and, with the
help of a battery and electric motor, broadcasts that information to the bionic leg, modelling
its own gait to match the good leg. It literally tells the bionic leg how to walk.
Hayden drops in on Penelope, a one-armed robot scrub technician, the first of its kind
with artificial intelligence and is completely autonomous. Fitted with a digital camera
and specialised software, Penelope can see the surgical field and identify surgical
instruments. Her inventor, Dr Michael Treat, believes Penelope will alleviate the shortage
of nurses worldwide as well as lessen the likelihood of instruments being left inside
patients. Hayden joins Dr Spencer Amory in the operating room as we get a first-hand look
Conventional 'Photofit' images used by the police to describe a suspect never seem to look
quite real and probably are not quite what the witness saw. But researchers at the University
of Kent in the UK believe that they might just have the solution. They believe that as
people tend to recognise a face on the whole, picking from a range of noses, eyes and lips
to make up a picture won't give the best result. Instead they have developed "Eigenfit",
a system where the witness responds to different faces and answers yes or no as to their
likeness, on a touch screen. The witness is then asked to identify a series of six images
that best resembles the suspect and the system generates a new set of faces and the process
continues until the best match is found. Hayden takes a look at this innovative technology.
Usually animals become endangered species through habitat destruction or poaching, but this
plight is not what's endangering vultures native to India. They are being driven to the brink
of extinction by an unusual source; an anti-inflammatory drug used on livestock. Their
Namibian counterparts are suffering a different fate - indiscriminate poisoning of the vulture's
main source of food. Scientists are using tracking and advanced drugs to not only save the
Namibian vultures but also their Indian counterparts. All they need to do is catch lots and
lots of vultures!
While radiotherapy has been a successful cancer treatment for many years, the challenge lies
in concentrating the radiotherapy to maximise the impact on just the cancer, with minimal
effect on the surrounding healthy tissue. A 3D imaging system, designed for viewing the area
irradiated by radiotherapy, has been designed to replace the traditional 2D techniques.
Hayden introduces us to radiation oncologist Dr James Chu to compare the new process with
Hayden takes a visit to Cambridge, Massachusetts where researchers at the esteemed MIT have
a department with a reputation for taking product concepts to their limits. It's called the
Media Lab, run by Professor Ted Selker, and we take a sneak peak at his crazy kitchen. A fridge
displays its contents on the door; taps give a colour indicator of whether the water is hot or
cold; and a height adjusting sink that is also made of a soft material – allowing you to throw
pans into it, just to name a few.
With security of paramount importance in today’s society, a company in Maryland has developed
the ultimate in x-ray machines. The "truck scan" is a High-Energy Mobile Cargo Screening System,
a mobile x-ray machine for checking cargo containers and trucks. This unique system can not
only penetrate more than 10.5 inches of steel but can give high resolution images of the contents
of the containers and can assist in the identification of illegal drugs, biological, chemical
and radiological substances, plus conventional explosives and weapons and nuclear materials.
The beauty of this system is that it is mounted on a vehicle and can easily be moved from border
checkpoints to ports around the country and can be set up in less than 30-minutes. The device
can scan an impressive 25 cargo laden trucks and containers every hour. Hayden gives us a
sneak peak at this innovative system.
"Speckled Computing" while just sounding like a quirky name is actually the latest application
for computer technology. The idea is that computers will become so small that they become a
part of everyday objects. The term “speck” describes a single autonomous computer, which can
be as small as a coin, while containing its own renewable power source, sensors, memory and
wireless capabilities. A number of specks scattered on surfaces, floors, walls and even clothing
can interact with each other; tracking information and transmitting it back to a central computer.
One use could even be equipping a coffee cup at your local coffee shop with a speck, the speck
telling the waiter when your coffee needs a top up. It takes the term "electronic spies" to a
whole new meaning.
With petrol prices hitting stratospheric levels motorists are looking more and more to alternative
transport – but lets face it – electric cars just look a bit daggy. But now a Californian company
is trying to make electric sexy. They’ve taken the Crossfire, dumped the petrol engine, and turned
it into an electric sports car. They’ve also got electric choppers (bikes).
Driverless personal cabs running around the city every two minutes? Well, this technology is
set to become reality with Heathrow Aerodrome looking to adopt a Personal Rapid Transport system
by 2007. The system will integrate with rail and future tramway operations there. Hayden Turner
takes a sneak peek at this new technology - currently being tested in Cardiff, Wales.
It's a sad indictment of the times, but rising violent crime means police are forced to use
innovative technology just to keep up with the criminals. LA, Chicago & Tijuana, among other
cities, are installing street cameras that can track the sound of a gunshot and then call
Imagine a high-powered motorbike crossed with a wheelchair - because that's exactly what
this is. Alan Martin, company founder, CEO and chief architect, started work on the project
four years ago when his son, an outgoing and sporting young man, became disabled. What he's
developed is a roll-on-roll-off bike that matches high performance with great functionality.
It's one thing to have the inflatable surfboard, but what if there isn't any surf? Now
there's Brutus Maximus, the world’s largest man- made wave. You can surf a 6' tube without
a beach break in sight – though ironically this wave is right on the beach at San Diego.
The race is on to prevent future pandemics like the potentially deadly bird flu which authorities
fear could kill millions. Hayden visits a quiet English town where some remarkable medical
breakthroughs just might hold the key to fighting bird flu and other life threatening diseases. A
biotech company has developed a device that literally blasts a vaccine into the body… there's no
needle, no liquid and no pain. The DNA vaccines deliver an incredible 15 million microscopic gold
particles just under the surface of the skin. These golden bullet vaccines are safer to handle,
quicker to distribute and have the potential to save millions of lives.
A world without road rage, freeways devoid of drowsy drivers. Hayden has found a team at Stanford
University who are developing the car of tomorrow that can detect hazardous drivers and stop them
before any damage is done. The scientists are designing a car that can predict a driver's mood and
turn them into safer drivers and sense when a driver is getting sleepy - you won’t believe the
antidote for that. Suffice to say the last thing Hayden was expecting to do was learn Swedish in
order to stay awake!
In the quest for newer and faster ways of positively identifying someone... a Californian company
has come up with a 3D face scanner that can map your face and confirm who you are in less than a
second! It's so accurate it can even spot the difference between identical twins.
The largest passenger plane in the world – the Airbus A380 will touch tarmacs in Australia this
month as part of a test flight through Asia. The massive aircraft represents a revolution in air
travel – and not just due to its size! Hayden Turner travels to the Netherlands to find out what
this beast is really made of. An integral part of the A380 is GLARE – the strongest and lightest
materials yet conceived. It’s a clever laminate of fibreglass, epoxy and aluminium that aircraft
of the future will be constructed from and it’s set to revolutionise the efficiency of
We all stretch the truth occasionally but how can you tell for sure when someone's telling a porky?
The challenge with polygraphs is to make them infallible. So now the US Government is trialling new
technology that uses a thermal imaging camera able to spot a lie as plain as the nose on your face.
The blood flow lie detector measures heat and is based on the notion that every time you tell a lie
your body temperature rises slightly.
Depending on whose side you're on the ref's whistle can be music to your ears or spoil your game.
But what if you couldn't hear the whistle at all? All too often at major footy games, the umpire's
decision is drowned out by the roar of the crowds, so the world’s most famous whistle blowers have
come up with a solution. The Acme whistle company have developed a radically new electronic, no-blow
device called the SportzWiz. It's been engineered to do everything traditional whistles can, but it's
packs an ear shattering 130 decibels!
So you thought scaling a 60-storey building was only for the likes of Spiderman? Well, Hayden Turner
brings new meaning to the phrase “hanging out” with his own personal, portable, powered ascender that
allows you to climb tall buildings with a single flick of a switch! The Powerquick is a motorised
climbing device that is set to revolutionise high angle rescue and covert military operations.
How would you feel about having a hairy tarantula crawling up your arm? Most people would
run a mile but for some people just the thought of it would send them into a full-blown
panic attack because they have a phobia of spiders. Hayden will introduce you to a woman
who has managed to overcome her crippling 20-year fear of the crawlies thanks to a virtual
reality software program called "Spiderworld". It allows phobics to face their fear without
meeting their nemesis in the flesh.
Maserati's birthday present to itself – the Birdcage. Sleek, futuristic, and a one of
a kind super car that had the fans at Goodwood Festival of Speed gasping.
Hayden Turner's finally found the cake that he can eat too! A car that's clean, green
and a speed machine! The sexy little Mila Car is purpose built for speed; and for the
environment. It has racy looks but runs on compressed natural gas and loses nothing
when it comes to oomph! It has a top speed of 200kph and does zero to 100
in 6.3 seconds.
Who says you have to practise for years to sound like a professional musician? Beyond
tomorrow, orchestras could be enthralling audiences without musicians. Hayden Turner
has tracked down the worlds first self playing violin. It's called the "Virtuouso"
and it works with an electromagnetic system that does the same job as fingers on
the strings. A string blade vibrates powerfully between two magnets and it’s those
vibrations that produce each distinct musical note.
Standby for the all the inside information that will do wonders for your street cred!
If you want to be up to speed on the very latest mobile phone technology the only place
to be is Japan! And the only people to watch to spot those trends are Japanese schoolgirls!
They've been listed in the top 100 most influential people in Japan and they’re some of
NTT DoCoMo’s best customers! NTT DoCoMo is the world's leading mobile communications
company with more than 50 million customers. So, with all those tech-lovers to please – it's
the perfect place for Hayden to find all the must have phones of the future! Phones
activated with a fingerprint and – wait for it: the finger phone that works when you
stick your finger in your ear!
Fed-up with having to glance down at the speedometer and rev counter when you're racing
along on your super bike? Hayden's found a device that lets you keep your eyes on the
road and makes motorcycling much safer! It's a personal "heads up device" or HUD that
projects critical information from your bike to the corner of your visor. It's the first
time this military technology has been adapted for commercial use and it's been done
without the hefty price tag!
The most common sports injuries occur in your knee. A massive 70% of non-contact knee
injuries occur in court sports – like basketball, tennis and netball. And women are
three times more likely to sustain a serious knee injury than men. Now, there's a
breakthrough sports shoe that could reduce that sad statistic. A Melbourne physician
and his son have come up with a shoe called Rotasole, and Hayden Turner puts it to
the test. As the name suggests, the sole of shoe rotates instead of the knee,
reducing the threat of injury.
Ever wanted to walk and run through a virtual world rather than use a controller or joystick?
Well, now you can. Just climb into a giant plastic ball called Virtusphere. The scientists at
it's headquarters in Washington believe they've developed the world's first hands-free
omni-directional computer interface .. where humans can literally enter cyber-space on
foot .. and take a look around.
What puts you off learning to play a musical instrument the most? All those hours
spent practising and still sounding like a real beginner? Well, not anymore. The
Yamaha Corporation has come up with the EZ Play Guitar. It teaches you to play the
classic songs without the need for tuition! Each individual fret has lights on it
to show you where to place your fingers. The guitar has 3 fully programmed songs
and 15 song riffs to learn and you can download new ones on the net.
There is a new generation of robots at our doorstep and they are going to change our lives.
These human like robots are designed for people not industry. And for a glimpse of what's
to come, you need look no further than Japan - the world leader in robotic research. You
will meet Hiroshi Kobayashi, the robotics genius pushing the envelope in developing technologies
to make peoples' lives easier at work and at home. You will also meet one of his finest
works - his receptionist Saya! She's a life like robot with an impressive vocabulary and
an incredible capacity to express herself through a host of facial expressions including
joy, surprise, even rage! We'll also show you some of Dr Kobayashi's latest works including
a muscle suit that’s designed to double – even triple your upper body strength.
Here's one for all you aspiring grey nomads. You'll need the next couple of decades to
save up for this one! A luxurious motor home worth a cool 2 million dollars! It's a super
coach crammed with all the luxury and tech you could possibly imagine! There's satellite
technology, a hydraulic expanding lounge area, fold out plasmas, granite flooring, leather
furnishings, the latest led lighting and a computer system to monitor everything on board.
The spying game is going back to nature and looking towards unmanned aircraft
that behave more like birds as the new breed of stealth. A university student
and his professor have created a revolution in aerodynamics – a plane that
changes wing shape. And they've done it by studying sea gulls! The wings of
the plane can flex into different shapes to accommodate different flying
styles. It's called morphing and it allows the flyer to pull some pretty
radical moves. So surveillance craft of the future will be small, fast and
flexible and able to swoop between city buildings virtually unnoticed!
Drowsy Drivers Die. Stop Revive Survive. You've heard them all. But still up to
30% of fatalities on our roads can be blamed on driver fatigue. Now there may be
a more scientific solution. A new system is being trialled right now using people
who know more about fatigue than most of us – truck drivers. Optalert is an on
board computer attached to a pair of smart glasses. Using infra-red technology,
the glasses detect when a driver is getting drowsy and warns them to pull over.
The system's been developed in Australia by a world authority in sleep medicine.
Japan might be known as an economic powerhouse but it also has a reputation for being a bit
wacky. Home to some of the weirdest inventions you're ever likely to find. And Hayden Turner
has managed to find some pretty crazy gadgets including umbrella shoes, a back scratching t
shirt, and a camera that does, well, you will have to watch and see!
Hayden Turner has found a the ultimate city concept car! The Nissan Pivo makes urban
driving easy. It's a three person, drive-by-wire, electric vehicle built specifically
for our overcrowded cities. It is tiny - just 2.7 metres long and it is the most
manoeuvrable car ever built. Each wheel turns independently and the entire cabin
rotates 180 degrees so you can literally turn your back on the traffic and say goodbye
to reverse parking! It runs on high performance lithium batteries and has zero
Love fishing but don't have a boat to reach those hard to get to fishing holes? The
Japanese have come up with a remote control fishing boat, an invention that's brought
fishing into line with the most advanced technology on the planet! It has it's own
GPS, sonar fish finder and temperature sensors that will find the fish for you,
drop your line in and all you have to do is reel them in! The Kamome weighs just
11 kilos, has a range of 500 metres and the fish finder has a depth of 600 metres.
Sweet tooth? How would you like to satisfy your cravings without all of the calories!
Hayden Turner may well have found the next new diet craze in the form of a rare African
berry called Miracle Fruit. One of the big problems with maintaining a diet is that
many low calorie foods just don't taste all that great. But chewing Miracle Fruit can
make even raw radishes taste like angel cake! A café in Tokyo is serving the fruit
with cakes and lavish deserts that look great but have no sugar. Chewing the berry for
two minutes beforehand makes it all taste sweet so customers can indulge while
consuming only a third of the calories. How does it work? Well the flesh of the berry
contains a protein called Miracline that fools the sweet receptor on your tongue
into thinking it's sweet. And yes, an enterprising horticulturalist from Nagoya has
worked out how to modify the berries for the mass market!
One of the best things about buying a new car is that it is in perfect condition when you
drive it out of the showroom. One of the worst things about buying a new car is that moment
when your shiny new toy gets its first scratch! Hayden Turner reports on a world first
Scratch Guard Coat – a clear paint that actually repairs scratches – on its own! Developed
by Nissan, the paint has a high elasticity which allows the molecules to bounce back to
their original structure so you can actually watch a scratch repair itself before your
The number of obese Australians has doubled in the past 20 years and for many people who
are seriously overweight, dieting just isn't the answer. Some resort to procedures like
stomach stapling to help shed the kilos but it's invasive and is not without the risks
associated with surgery. Hayden Turner has found an alternative weight loss treatment in
Rome that has already helped thousands lose weight. It is an ingenious, non-surgical
procedure that reduces the size of a patient’s stomach in less than 20 minutes! At the
Polyclinico Umberto Primo, Professor Nicola Basso's Intragastric Balloon procedure is
changing peoples' lives. While under sedation, a balloon is inserted into the patient's
stomach and filled with saline. The balloon makes them feel full after eating less and
it also slows down the emptying of the stomach so the patient feels full for longer.
Hayden talks to patients who have had the procedure and say their lives have changed.
Hayden Turner spends some exclusive time with the most advanced humanoid robot in
the world. The diminutive ASIMO – which stands just 1.2 metres tall – acts just
like us! It can run, walk, talk, understand speech commands, recognise faces, open
doors, carry trays, even hold hands! ASIMO – which stands for Advanced Step in
Innovative Mobility was developed by Honda not as a toy, but as a helper. Its big
claim to fame is the way it moves! The gait is incredibly realistic thanks to
revolutionary technology called i-walk.
Hayden Turner reports on a big breakthrough in radar technology that has the potential
to save thousands of lives. It is a hand held ground penetrating radar system that is
set to breathe new life into detection technology. The Life Locator will change the
way rescuers cope in a major disasters, such as earthquakes, because it is the only
radar in the world that can detect a person's breathing – even if they are unconscious.
It is wireless and lightweight and uses electromagnetic waves that can detect the rise
and fall of a person's chest up to 5 metres under rubble.
It's still hard to comprehend the Concorde disaster in 2000 at Charles De Gaulle
airport in Paris was the result of a tiny metal strip left on the runway. But the
fact is debris on the runway is a huge issue and an expensive one – costing airlines
and airports about $4 billion dollars a year. Runways normally have to be swept
manually for debris and that's expensive, time consuming and open to human error.
Now a company in the UK has come up with a new high tech radar system that can detect,
within 2 metres, just about any foreign object on a runway, including a 5cm bolt!
Beyond Tomorrow puts this clever radar to the test.
For nearly a century, Italian car maker Bertone has been creating cars that could
easily be described as moving works of art including Lamborghini’s, BMW's, and Alfa
Romeos. Its latest design creation is the Bertone Villa - a car that's more about
luxury than speed. The Villa's a concept car built from a Cadillac chassis and it's
as radical inside as out. In fact, the interior has turned car design on its head.
It is as minimal as it is luxurious. There are no gauges, dials, mirrors or buttons.
The traditional instrument panel has been replaced by a 58 cm screen. The driver’s
vision of the road is reproduced on that screen which also acts as navigator, and
supplies information on parking, restaurants, airline schedules and changing road
Is there such a thing as the perfect pair of jeans? Is size really relevant? The
answer to the first question is yes! And the answer to the second one is no! That's
because the way people buy clothes is undergoing a revolution. Hayden Turner has
discovered a system called Bodymetrics where customers at one of London's most famous
stores can step into a space-age scanning pod for just a few seconds and emerge with
their exact measurements. There are 24 sensors in the pod that capture 200,000 data
points on your body. Software then translates that into 200 measurements accurate
down to a millimetre. Armed with those details, customers can choose the style of
jeans they want and have them custom made. Perfect fit guaranteed!
Get ready for the ride of a lifetime! Hayden Turner takes you behind the wheel of the
convertible to end all convertibles! The Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster – one of the
most powerful production cars on the planet! It has a top speed of 330 kph and is the
latest in Lamborghini's prestigious line up of 12 cylinder sports cars. Of the 1600
cars Lamborghini makes each year, only 250 of them are Murcielago convertibles. And,
even with the hefty $450,000 price tag there’s a very long waiting list!
Come for a ride on an electric three wheeled scooter and feel like you're skiing!
It's called the A-Trix Electric Scooter and it has been created by an Italian car
company. Driving it involves tipping the three wheeled chassis from left to right
and leaning into the corner as far as you dare. The key to that unique skiing action
is the articulated axle that is connected to the central shaft and the two shock
absorbers either side. It has a top speed on 40kph and is powered by a 48 volt battery.
Hayden Turner meets an Austrian robot with a difference. Barbot is a beer loving robot
who hangs out in bars, and operates purely for his own selfish interests! His purpose
is to sit at the bar and beg for money from the other patrons so he can buy his own
beer and drink it. He doesn't know the meaning of "your shout" and, unlike other robots,
wasn’t made to make our lives easier. Barbot's creators, from the Humanoid Robotics
Laboratory in Linz, argue his self-centredness makes him the most human-like robot
A new fire fighting weapon is about to be unleashed at major airports worldwide. The Panther
series of fire trucks offers a world first in fire fighting technology ensuring quick response
times for passenger safety. Airport fire fighting teams are trained to respond to incidents
in a maximum of 3 minutes. Their vehicles need to be fast, able to travel over all kinds of
terrain and they have to be powerful enough to carry foam, water, and powder to put the fire
out. The Panther, built by Austrian company Rosenbauer fits that bill. It is a 22 litre,
diesel that pumps out a mighty 1000hp. Hayden Turner puts one to the test at Newcastle
International airport – the first airport in the world to receive one.
Fed-up with the frustrations of keyboards on PDA's and cell phones designed for tiny
fingers PDA's and cell phones? Wave those thumb cramping days good bye with the latest
material keyboard that can be rolled up and put in your pocket so you can use it anywhere
and anytime. It's called the Elektex. It uses a Bluetooth connection and is 100% fabric
so there's no wiring. It's the same size as a laptop keyboard. You can type out your
text messages or emails and then just push send. Not only that, it's built to take the
knocks of the road.
We are fast approaching the day when cars steer themselves. And Hayden Turner has found one
that almost does. The 2006 Honda Accord is the first car in the world to offer this advanced
safety technology. It's called Advanced Driver Assist System, or ADAS. One of its features
is called Lane Keeping Assist and it uses a small camera that monitors the lane markings on
either side of the car. That information is sent to a central computer. It calculates how
much steering pressure is needed to keep the car in the centre of the lane, and then the
power-steering unit applies just that right amount.. This technology has the potential to
help reduce the deadly toll caused by driver fatigue, because it can prevent you from veering
into other cars, or off the road.
There was a time when to get the perfect pair of shoes you had to head to the cobbler and
pay him a fortune for shoe leather. Mass production did away with personal fitting
cobblers – but now you buy off the rack how can you be sure the shoes you buy are the
right fit? This may not worry you, but to a professional athlete or footballer, the correct
fitting shoe is vital. Now there’s a new technology that measures the size, gait, and
pressure of your foot-falls, and builds a shoe just for you – and don't think it's only
for the rarefied atmosphere of elite athlete. It'll be in your shoe store before you
wear out your next set of runners!
Reverse parking is one of those manoeuvres some of us really dread and can probably be
blamed for those minor bumps and scrapes that take the shine off our vehicles! Well,
Toyota have designed new technology that allows you to reverse park like a pro at the
touch of a button. It's called the Intelligent Parking Assist system and it uses a high
resolution camera and a computer assisted guiding system, you take your hands off the
wheel and the car looks after the rest.
Antimatter is the very stuff of science-fiction. It nearly caused World War II in Dan
Brown's prequel to Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, and for 30 years it's been powering
the Starship Enterprise in Star Trek. Yet for all its fiction, antimatter is real.
Scientists at CERN have now found that not only can antimatter be used to detect cancer,
it may also be possible to treat it.
Its looks may kill, but its new pedestrian friendly bonnet won't. That's the theory behind
the pop up bonnet unveiled in Jaguars' new XK Coupe and Convertible. From its silky smooth
body style to its power train and cabin comforts, the 2007 Jaguar XK is a technology powerhouse.
Little has been left out of this car to enhance driver comfort and general performance.
Featuring a clever pop-up hood, which raises five centimetres when it senses the car will
impact a pedestrian. This allows the car to meet stringent European safety standards.