Tuesday, May 15, 2012

BBC Click, India edition filming

BBC World News, the channel that broadcasts BBC programmes in non-UK regions (like our beautiful and fair India) is all set to air an India-specific edition of their hit tech show, Click. The photo you see above (and the photo below) was taken during the filming of this special India-focussed episode of Click. We, at The Indian Geek, had the opportunity to spend some time with Spencer Kelly, the presenter of Click, during his recent visit to Bangalore and we had a nice chat with him about the state of technology, his varied experience and the agenda for the upcoming India-specific edition of BBC Click. This upcoming episode of BBC Click will air on BBC World News at 2.00 pm and 10.00 pm IST on Saturday, 19th May. The repeat broadcasts on Sunday, 20th May are at 10.00 am and 7.00 pm IST. Follow us past that "Read more" link below to know more about the details of what is set to be covered in this episode

Overall, Spencer Kelly was very impressed with the way that we Indians seem to be able to put technology to new uses by just hashing together two or more technology device-forms to fulfill some purpose. As an example, he mentioned an "SMS board" that a village near New Delhi has erected in their village center, which is simply a huge LED board hooked up to a SIM card (with the necessary cellular technology) and lashed to a tree. When people who leave the village need to send messages back home, they simply send an SMS to the number of the SIM attached to the LED board, and the message is displayed on the LED board. It's simple, it's effective, and it combines an LED board with cellular technology.

BBC Click, India edition filming - Aadhaar

The main issues being covered in this upcoming episode of Click would be the Aadhaar card. If you live in India, and you haven't heard about the Indian Government's attempt to provide a unified, unique identification card to every citizen (on a voluntary basis) called the Aadhaar card, then we seriously suggest that you get out more and catch up on the latest news. So Spencer Kelly and his team would be delving a little bit into the process for obtaining the card, and the technology surrounding the same.

This episode of Click would also be focussing on a "Mobile Irrigation System". Apparently, at some farm near Bangalore, farmers have started using a mobile irrigation system to better utilize the available electricity, due to sporadic and unpredictable power cuts. A SIM card (again, with the necessary cellular technology attached) is hooked up to the irrigation system. The farmer neeed not be near the irrigation site; he can be anywhere and just needs to call the mobile number of the SIM card attached to the irrigation system, to register a missed call. The Mobile Irrigation System then replies with the status of electricity - to notify the farmer if the power is on/off. Accordingly, the farmer can then call the number again to switch on the irrigation system and so on.

Full details on the Mobile Irrigation System, and a complete tech overview of the Aadhaar enrollment process would be showcased in Click, airing this Saturday, 19th May with repeat broadcasts on Sunday, 20th May.

Pictures credit: @BBCClick (1, 2)
More Info: BBC Click

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Mind telling which camcorder the BBC crew was using? Looks like a Panny. And the tripod?
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