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Photos of the month - September 2007

iPods and iPhones, flying saucers, digital books and a robot racer...
By Tim Ferguson, Contributor on
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iPods and iPhones, flying saucers, digital books and a robot racer...

Apple launched an updated range of iPods this month with CEO Steve Jobs beamed live to the BBC's Television Centre from the grand unveiling in San Francisco.

The iPod Touch features touchscreen controls, much like the iPhone, and the previous version - now available with 160GB - has been rechristened the iPod Classic.

The iPod Nano pictured is a new shape and has a wider set of features such as a video playing facility and range of colours.

Click to see more pictures of the new iPods.

Photo credit: Andy McCue

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Cambridge University held an innovation day in September giving entrepreneurs and start-ups the opportunity to showcase their ideas.

Among the inventions was this search and rescue flying saucer which has been developed by GFS projects to be used as an unmanned surveillance vehicle.

Follow the link to see what other weird and wonderful creations were on show.

Photo credit: Gemma Simpson

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This cutting edge catamaran is able to adapt to different sea conditions.

The two 100ft long pontoons of the Proteus are flexibly connected to the centre of the vessel to allow it to adapt to the water surface. The boat was on show as part of an HP product launch event.

Click to see more of the Proteus in action.

Photo credit: Steve Ranger

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BT has built its own island in Second Life, dubbed Area 21. One of the things it has looked at doing with its foray into the virtual world is the possibility of calling or texting people in the real world from inside the virtual one.

This phone box can be used by avatars to make calls to real world phones and will be launched as a beta trial.

Find out what else is going on in Area 21.

Image credit: BT

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Apple finally launched its iPhone in the UK this month and - unlike with the earlier iPod launch - Steve Jobs came to the company's flagship store on Regent Street, London, to give the details.

Jobs confirmed O2 will be network operator for the device when it becomes available on 9 November, retailing at £269 for the 8GB version.

See the full photo story for more on the iPhone.

Photo credit: Steve Ranger

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This is Alice, a driverless van that is being fine-tuned by Team Caltech, a group of robotics researchers based at the California Institute of Technology.

The armour plated Ford E-350 van will compete in the Darpa Urban Grand Challenge taking place in November where it will race with dozens of other driverless vehicles.

The technology on Alice includes GPS, radar and lane detectors. Click to see what other technology the team is using.

Photo credit: Stefanie Olsen/CNET News.com

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This is one of the 100,000 books the British Library is planning to digitise over the next two years being scanned in the digitisation studio.

The Library is working with imaging company Content Conversion Specialists and Microsoft on a mass digitisation project to bring 25 million pages of its 19th century literature collection to the web.

The scanning machines turn the pages using a device which picks up each page using air suction to minimise the handling of the books.

See what other tech the Library is using to complete this huge task.

Photo credit: Tim Ferguson

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