The Google self driving car has been well publicised and you might even be seen on the road at some time. So, surely there must be other self driving car in development? Continue reading →
This is probably something that many people have not even thought about before and so we have the World White Web Continue reading →
There is no doubt that there are many uses for Google’s Street View, but just occasionally wouldn’t you like to spice it up a bit or make a change to your view of things? Well you can get a different view with Brick Street View that changes everything to Lego with some added features such as; toy cars, trees and buildings. It’s all the idea of Swedish coder Einar Oberg who uses LDraw, BRIGL, GSVPano, GSVPanoDepth, ThreeJS, Google Places API, and the Google App Engine to make this possible.
The street view panorama itself is just a textured sphere, but to make the scene come to life and to add more perspective, real Lego models is inserted such as cars, flowers and trees. Even base plates for the roads. For this I use a format called LDraw. An open standard for LEGO CAD programs that allow the user to create virtual LEGO models and scenes.
Source – Brick Street View
Google users have been able to view their entire search history for some time now, but the search engine has taken this one step further Continue reading →
With lots of content available on the internet these days, our reaction to it will be different every time. So in order for us to share this with family and friends etc Google have come up with #ChromeSelfie.
Have you ever read an article that made your jaw drop or seen a funny clip that made you laugh until you cried? Now, #ChromeSelfie lets you show your friends exactly how you feel.
You need to have the Chrome app on your Smartphone or tablet in order for the orange coloured bar to pop up on the screen, what will your reaction be on Aprils Fools Day?
Source – Chrome Blogspot
Google are changing the way that search is carried with the launch of Google Panda. This is a return to basics for Google with a monochrome colour feature and no search box at all. Is this the future of search from Google or perhaps they could be fooling us?
At Google, we work everyday so our users can access the information they’re looking for, as fast as they can. Today, on April 1, 2015, we are announcing a brand new product, Google Panda. Take a look at the video for more details.
Source – Google Japan Blogspot
Here is a game for you to play on those days when things are a bit quiet or when you are conducting some research and are looking for some inspiration. Continue reading →
As part of Safer Internet Day, Google are offering a nice bonus of 2 GB added to the users Google Drive account for just completing a quick and simple security check. It all takes just a couple of minutes and at the end of the month Google will be automatically adding the extra 2 GB of storage to the users account, nice! If this is something that appeals to you, then you have until the 17th February to complete the free security check up. You have nothing to lose and a some extra storage to gain.
Source: Google Drive Blog
When Google bought the robot designer and builder firm Boston Dynamics there was cause for concern. This is because we have seen what happens when a big corporations start to buy up robotics divisions, they start to create robots capable of running fast and thinking for themselves. Couple this with self driving car technology and there is the basis for some serious development in the world of robotics. Well, that is never going to happen because it’s just science fiction, well check out the video of Spot the robotic dog, its fast and can think for itself. Judgement Day has not been averted, it has just been delayed. Could Google be Skynet? Are we looking into this too much?
Spot is a four-legged robot designed for indoor and outdoor operation. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. Spot has a sensor head that helps it navigate and negotiate rough terrain. Spot weighs about 160 lbs.
It seems that on its own Boston Dynamics was just a robot maker looking to show off its cool designs and now with the backing of Google it has access to funding, IT and there is nobody to oversee the development of new robots, should we be worried? Well we shall just have to wait and see what happens next.
Source: Boston Dynamics
A while ago, Google launched the interesting and highly unusual cardboard VR Dodocase headset, there is some self assembly involved and yet at around $25 it still seems like a bargain. Now owning the Dodocase is about to get even more interesting as it is getting its very own little section on Google Play just for Cardboard VR apps, so longer will you have to search around for compatible apps. These apps will not only work on the Google version of the cardboard VR headset they are compatible with most of the others now available on the market. So move over Oculus Rift because cardboard is here to stay. You can buy Google Cardboard from around $25 and now there are special apps available from Google Play too.
Source: Google Cardboard
Despite its problems in the US, the Google backed personal genetics company 23 and Me have launched their service in the UK with the backing of the Research Ethics Committee! Everything was going fine in the US until the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stepped in and told the company to stop offering the service, despite more than 600,000 customers already using the service. Customers can trace their lineage, search for DNA relations and to find out if they might have a higher risk of being affected by a number of health issues.
With the door firmly closed on the US marketplace the UK would seem to be the next logical place to open up shop and that is exactly what has happened. So what doe the Personal Genome Service offer? 23 and Me say that the test will help with finding out about inherited conditions, how your body will respond to certain medications, help you understand any genetic risk factors that you may have and finally any genetic traits you might have, such as; hair loss and intolerance to certain foods etc.
The 23 and Me Personal Genome Service is available to order now and it will cost £125 including postage and packaging, so would you be up for the 23 and Me Personal Genome Service or not?
Source: 23 and Me
Hardly day goes by without a cool selfie turning up by a celebrity trying to look cool or by a fan trying to catch a celebrity as they pass behind them. The trouble is that a lot of people are wising up to selfies and so in order to capture the perfect photo new tactics are required. It might be easy than you think too. This is the Selfie device for Google Glass, it is exactly what they say it is but instead of holding your camera up in the air warning everyone on what you are about to do, the Selfie for glass uses a rear view mirror.
This is because Google Glass already has a cool camera; it only requires a mirror that points behind you to produce a brilliant selfie and capturing anything or anyone behind you. The Selfie for Google Glass is not in production just yet; in fact because its 3D printed in theory the pattern can be made virtually anywhere when it becomes available and that is real cool on its own. We would like to see this in action, it looks a bit like a rear view mirror, but who cares this is Selfie for Google Glass and it could be the start of something wonderful.
Source: Stephane Allary
When Google first spoke of the Project Tango, we were led to believe that it would be launching sometime on 2014, but we are in November now Continue reading →
Choosing what kind of smart phone you’d like is far more than an exercise in choosing between different handsets or differences in computational power. Nowadays, thanks to the usually positive focus on apps that has resulted in huge opportunities for developers and a glut of new experiences for consumers, Continue reading →