It's only a matter of time until we robots walk among us on the street, but for this dog walker, spotting Boston Dynamics' 5'9" tall Atlas humanoid robot in the woods was definitely unexpected. This machine includes 28 hydraulically-actuated degrees of freedom, two hands, arms, legs, feet and a torso. It was designed to negotiate outdoor, rough terrain. Atlas can walk bipedally leaving the upper limbs free to lift, carry, and manipulate the environment. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular virala videos today, including one of video game records that will never be broken.
Google-owned Boston Dynamics has unveiled SpotMini, a smaller version of the Spot robot. Weighing 55-pounds (65-pounds if you include its arm), it's all-electric (no hydraulics) and can run for 90-minutes on a single charge, depending on the task(s). It boasts a variety of sensors, including depth cameras, a solid state gyro (IMU) and proprioception sensors in the limbs, which help with navigation and mobile manipulation. Continue reading for the full demo video and more information.
Using Google to find something isn't anything new or special, but sometimes, the results are not what you expect. For example, someone wanted to know "what kind of haircut goes well with a beard" and ended up with a bizarre 360° cut with everything else shaved off. Continue reading for more funny, yet unintentional, Google search results.
Here's a new look at Google's Project Ara, a modular smartphone that can be upgraded on the fly. Its frame, the "endo", is designed to handle multiple module components, including a speaker, processor, and battery. All approved modules will be fully compatible with the latest version of Android, even after the phone is turned on. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Google's Tilt Brush enables one to paint in three-dimensional space with virtual reality. Simply choose your colors, brushes and start painting with a wave of your hand, using any room as a blank slate. You'll be able to step around, in and through your drawings as you go. Thanks to VR, otherwise-impossible materials like fire, stars or snowflakes, can be used as the painting medium. Continue reading for two more videos and information.
Google engineer Max Braun created a smart mirror unlike many other that you've seen, as it's designed to be a giant smartphone, or so we'd like to think. Starting with a two-way mirror, a display panel and main board were added. After countless hours of work, Max unveils his new creation, a smart mirror that tells time, weather, and even the latest news headlines. This Android-powered creation can also be programmed to display other things. Continue reading to see the brains of this operation.
Samsung's Chromebook 2 is the perfect backup laptop for business, travel, school, etc., and you can pick one up for $149.99 shipped, today only. This slim, lightweight laptop features a 11.6-inch HD display, a powerful Intel Celeron processor, an elegant leather-like stitched design, and up to nine hours of battery life on a single charge. It boots up in just 10 seconds and delivers Wi-Fi speeds three times faster than standard 802.11n. Security features like automatic updates and sandboxing technology protect your Chromebook from viruses and malware. Product page. Continue reading for a full video review and more information.
Brandon, a 23-year-old software engineer, relocated from Massachusetts to the Bay Area in mid-May to start work at Google, but he opted out of paying an exorbitant amount for a San Francisco apartment - minimum $2,000/month. Instead, he parked a 128-square-foot truck at company headquarters and decided to live in it. Only the essentials can be found inside, and that includes: The main things "a bed, a dresser, and I built a coat rack to hang up my clothes." "I realized I was paying an exorbitant amount of money for the apartment I was staying in - and I was almost never home. It's really hard to justify throwing that kind of money away. You're essentially burning it - you're not putting equity in anything and you're not building it up for a future - and that was really hard for me to reconcile," said Brandon. Continue reading to look inside the truck.
BigDog is basically a dynamically stable quadruped robot created by Boston Dynamics (acquired by Google) with Foster-Miller, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Harvard University Concord Field Station. It measures 3-feet long, stands 2.5-feet tall, and weighs a hefty 240-pounds, about the size of a small mule, hence the nickname robotic mule. Continue reading for more fascinating facts.
First came BigDog, now Google has introduced a smaller "Spot" robot dog, which can run, climb stairs, all the while being kicked. The 160-pound machine is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. A sensor on its head helps it navigate over rough terrain - and to spot when humans, or another robot dog, is nearby by, allowing it to follow its owner and run in formation. It's designed to follow a soldier for 20-miles while carrying 400-pounds of their kit, and if it tips over on rugged terrain, Spot will immediately be able to right itself. You control Spot with a game-like controller, and one soldier has likened the experience to "playing Call of Duty". Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including a virtual walking tour of the USS Enterprise.