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to take on italy in tonight's final of euro 2020 — their biggest match in more than half a century. their resilience and experience as a team really prepared them well for this moment. the italians have not had to wait 55 years for a major final — but there's plenty of excitement there too, with fans gearing up for the big night. the uk's vaccine minister says the government is confident that plans to lift a range of covid restrictions will go ahead onjuly 19 in england. but he also said masks are still expected to be worn indoors. the fortification of the vaccination programme has allowed us to cautiously move to step four. and the pm will say more about this. the widow of haiti's assassinated president claims he was killed because of his drive for political reform. sir richard branson prepares to venture to the edge of space,
on the first passenger flight of his virgin galactic spaceship. now on bbc news, click. a guide to all the latest gadgets, websites, games and computer industry news. hey, welcome to click. hope you've had a good week. lara, how are you doing? i'm good — just trying to plan for another summer of the unknown! chuckles. yep! another one of those is on its way, isn't it? summer is gonna be different for everyone once again this year, and that includes the many muslims who would normally be about to undertake hajj.
hajj is the pilgrimage that's made by around 2.5 million muslims every year, from all across the globe, to mecca, saudi arabia, and this year, it's happening in july. it's one of the most important acts of faith that a muslim can undertake, and it's said to amaze those who do. but of course, in the last couple of years, the coronavirus has led the saudi authorities to severely limit the number of people who are allowed to visit. however, another way to experience hajj — retelling its story using the objects and works of art associated with this sacred journey — is about to become available to everyone. and omar mehtab has been taking a look. the first part of my learning journey was to visit the v&a museum in london. and just being here in one of the special exhibitions, as well as the islamic art galleries, something started to stir inside of me — almost a connection to the ancient past.
the pilgrimage is to mecca, the birthplace of islam. but many also visit medina, the second holiest city for muslims. now, i've not personally been on hajj — it's supposed to happen at least once in every muslim's lifetime, but only after you're settled and haven't got any debts or obligations. and that's not me at the moment, so i'm not gonna be there anytime soon. however, being here and seeing these artworks, especially from mecca medina, really makes me — makes me want to learn more about my religion and the culture that surrounds it. this is special. so the next leg in myjourney to learn more has taken me to a large space in south london where a dozen pieces of art relating to hajj are being digitised.
they are from the khalili collections, which includes what's considered to be the largest and most significant group of objects relating to the cultural history of hajj. and its founder is sir david khalili. i didn't start collecting islamic art because it was islamic, because it was the most diverse group of art i've ever seen. every piece had a message. but the story of hajj has never been told through the object that was produced culturally to honour the place. as you, i'm not allowed to go to mecca medina, but through the experience of collecting objects for the last 50 years of my life, ifeel like i'm there anyhow. i virtually feel the soul of the artists have produced these objects through their beliefs. now, an obvious way to share art is through digitisation. but for it to really work and notjust be 2—dimensional,
the art needs to live and breathe — every brushstroke of a painting or every thread of a textile. you really need to bring out what's not visible to the naked eye. take this silk, for example, that's used to cover shrines in the holy mosque in mecca, finally embroidered in both silver— and gold—covered wire. the amount of time, effort and intricacy that's gone into many of these works is a matter of spiritual importance. it's not just art for art's sake, but this is produced for a very particular, sacred, ritualistic and spiritual purpose. that's where the google art camera, which is capturing the minutiae of detail, comes in. our is a custom—built camera, built to capture images of paintings and artworks in super—high resolution. it generates what is called a gigapixel which is an image of overi billion pixels.
the camera is equipped with a laser and a sonar and using high—frequency sounds, pretty much like a bat, it's able to measure the distance between the camera and the artwork to make sure that the focus is right. and after about 45 minutes, every bit is digitised and a programme stitches it together to generate the full image. an image captured with our camera can unlock information around that artwork but also unlock the emotional stories around certain artworks and generate in a way kind of an augmented experience of the viewing of an artwork. and weeks later, i'm at the final part of my personaljourney — all the captures telling the story hajj from the khalili collection are there on one platform, using sphere technology.
so it puts everything into this big sphere here, creating a sd—like environment, combining scale with detail. but it's also quite easy to just drag around and zoom into something that interests you. this shirt actually is something that we looked at in real — in real life. wow! a lot of this i didn't actually notice when i saw it up close. the fading and the writing and then the detail, the patterns. it's a — it's a privilege. so this was a painting we saw, a more modern one. even with this, zoom — zooming right in. just the finer details of the painting, the shadows and the hats. and it works quite similar to google earth in that way, in that you can zoom in and see incredible detail of a specific location — but, in this case, of art. some of these pieces are being shown for the first time. but even in a museum, you can only view it from a distance or when the artwork is inside glass boxes. see, barely anyone has the privilege to see these pieces in real life,
let alone this up close. remember the silk cloth used in the holy mosque? here it is, with hints of gold underneath the silver, not really visible to the naked eye. it's — it's as if the tech is helping me to reach something beyond the art. i can see what sir david meant — that it's another side to it. going on hajj is one thing, but completing that spiritual, that cultural side of it, using this art that's entrenched in the hajj�*s history, is... ..is something special. choosing a pair of glasses usually involves rows and rows of them in all shapes, sizes and colours. pick them up, try them on and either you like them or you don't.
but the way we choose our glasses in future could be set to change. it's time for personalised sd—printed frames. overproduction is fashion�*s biggest environmental problem and for eyewear, this means 20—30% stock risk. and 3d printing can solve this problem by shifting the focus from more inventory—focused production to a more on demand—oriented production and along the way also solve the problem of fitting — this is a major problem. here in front of me is a range of 3d—printed glasses. they come in a variety of colours, too. now, the idea is that
you choose the style that you think will suit you best. no. and from there, a pair can be 3d—printed that should fit you perfectly. so using a tablet and three cameras, yourface is 3d scanned in store, to create an avatar to try on the eyewear. the system's algorithm's measuring you up for glasses that should not only fit you perfectly in appearance, but also in doing theirjob well. this process should eventually be entirely possible on a mobile phone. typically the measurements we would take would be the pupil distance, the distance between the two pupils, the heights of the pupils, so where the pupils sit within the lens... ok, so i need to label my right pupil... here we go. left pupil, right temple... vertex distance, so the distance from the surface of the eye to the back
of the lens. we'd also look at the wrap of the frame as well so we can see how much of a wrap the frame had. so your trip here might only need to be to get your eyes tested, unless you want to feel the product first, or long for an optician�*s opinion. i can choose the colour of the arms — let's go for silver, they look nice. now i can order them. and the future could also see more choice. 3d printing now is a technology where you can print in more than 15 materials. so in the future we will print goods, frames, in transparency material, in bio material, in metal material. so we are at the beginning of this industrial revolution. the aim here is what's being called mass customisation — where by making lots of personalised products, the cost can be kept down. and although these glasses do
start at £160, which is similar to many others on the shelves, that rises with some of the options. 0k, well your glasses have arrived now, haven't they? do you want to pop them on for us? they are super light and really comfortable, but the thing that i noticed more than anything was in the shop when i was trying them on, everything looked a bit wonky. i always have this with sunglasses, where one eyebrow shows and the other doesn't, so clearly i have a wonky face. and these glasses seem to fix the issue! the glasses are maybe as my face... crosstalk. i never thought of you as having a wonky face before but i'll have to take a closer look in future. anyway, that is it from us for now. as ever you can keep up with the team on social media, find us on youtube, instagram, facebook and twitter at @bbcclick.
good afternoon. england plasma footballers are preparing themselves for their most important match in decades. it is the final of the european championship at wembley this evening against italy. it could be the most watched television event in the uk in broadcasting history. the fa chief executive says the mood in the england camp is calm. here is our spot correspondent. it is football plasma christmas eve. some