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Photo: IDOL Robot, one of the many educational robots on display at CES 2017. (Avishay Artsy)

Connected tech at CES 12 MIN, 36 SEC

Boxer briefs to protect your "little soldiers" from radiation? A "smart" bikini that alerts you when to reapply the sunscreen? These were among gadgets on display at the Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, in Las Vegas last week, attended by almost 200,000 people. Some of the big trends this year included robot assistants, driverless cars, drones, wearable tech and smart home technology. DnA producer Avishay Artsy brings us the most and least useful products he encountered.


A demonstration of Huawei's virtual reality headset at CES 2017
Photo by Avishay Artsy

Guests:
Avishay Artsy, Producer, DnA: Design and Architecture (@heyavishay)

More:
Yahoo News: The weirdest tech we saw at CES 2017
Engadget's roundup of CES 2017 coverage
Accept your fate: You can't escape the smart home

Battersea's future 15 MIN, 49 SEC

The famed Battersea Power Station in London is getting a new tenant, Apple. And a new US Embassy is under construction just yards away. They're part of a massive redevelopment in London's borough of Vauxhall that includes 4,000 apartments for sale, over a million square feet of offices, stores, as well as parks, events spaces and a new Tube station designed by a Who's Who of architects that includes Frank Gehry, Norman Foster and Bjarke Ingels. The dense, high-end new neighborhood has a very American flavor. But some locals are asking, what exactly will it do for London?


A rendering of the revitalized Battersea Power Station in London

Guests:
Jonathan Glancey, architectural critic and writer
Paul Monaghan, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (@ahmmarchitects)
Sue Carter, Kallaway
Andrew Hilston, Battersea Power Station Development Company

More:
Business Insider: Take a look inside the Nine Elms megadevelopment
Apollo: The rise, fall, and rise of Battersea Power Station
Guardian: Battersea is part of a huge building project – but not for Londoners
Telegraph: Battersea Power Station: desperate times or still desirable?

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