Tomorrow's World | How television tried to predict the future of science
CHANNEL | BBC 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 15 April 1994
DURATION | 28 minutes 59 seconds
It's not only the hi-tech that grabs the 'Tomorrow's World' team. In this edition, Trevor Baylis (pictured above) unveils his clockwork radio, which could be of immense benefit to people who live in areas far from an electric grid. Other items include fast-food cooked by space ovens, bullet-proof glass, a panoramic camera that delivers 3D images, finger-print and voice recognition technology for reducing credit card fraud, plus that favourite of 'TW' - the latest developments for the electric car.
Inventor Trevor Baylis became a familiar face on British TV screens after this programme, joining Channel 4's morning show 'The Big Breakfast' as resident technology expert. He was the subject of two editions of the BBC's 'QED' and one 'This Is Your Life'. Meanwhile, thanks to this instalment of 'Tomorrow's World', his clockwork device came to the attention of an entrepreneur and, within a year, the Freeplay radio was in production in South Africa, providing employment for disabled people in the process.
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Tomorrow's fuel, tomorrow's eyes, tomorrow's robots, tomorrow's fashion.
The computer 'light-pen' is put through its paces.
Introducing the home computer terminal.
A debate with Christiaan Barnard, the pioneering heart transplant surgeon.
Showcasing the artificial garden of tomorrow.
Meet Nellie, a computer set to revolutionise the classroom.
A man who speaks Morse code, plus moon rocks and thermal curtains.
James Burke experiences the automated office of the future.
It's the sound of the future - the Moog synthesiser.
Computerised banking ushers in a cashless economy.
James Burke tests executive toys to while away the hours.
Judith Hann visits cowboy school to face an electronic bronco.
Michael Rodd makes a call with an experimental cordless mobile phone.
Looking back at some of the stories of the last decade.
A compilation of items from 1980.
Kieran Prendiville takes on a snooker-playing robot.
A fish that comes with its own chips.
Touch-screen computers, angioplasty, water for marathon runners and very spoilt cows.
A seasonal special brings 1982 to a close.
A cure for jet-lag, book restoration, holograms and a useful boat-trailer.
'Tomorrow's World' comes of age and goes back to the future.
Clever Trevor's clockwork radio that could change lives.
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