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SpotMini

Google's Boston Dynamics has an interesting new robot, called SpotMini, and it's the stuff of nightmares, or so we think. Weighing 55 lbs dripping wet - 65 lbs if you include its extendable arm, it's all-electric, without no hydraulics whatsoever, and runs for about 90 minutes on a full charge. It comes equipped with a variety of sensors, including depth cameras, a solid state gyro (IMU) and proprioception sensors in the limbs. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of the world's first clear Samsung Galaxy S8.

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Kitty Hawk Flyer

Backed by Google's Larry Page, the Kitty Hawk Flyer was designed for use over fresh water, and is [owered by a series of propellers. This means that the vehicle can take off and land vertically, thus making it a breeze to fly over a lake than by using a seaplane or boat. Riders are positioned like they would a motorcycle, with two joysticks as the controls. Best of all, it doesn't require registration or a pilot's license, and is expected to hit showrooms by the end of 2017. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a robot that has mastered the five finger knife stabbing game.

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Android Wear Smartwatch

Most Android Wear devices can be a hassle to use, especially if the watch face doesn't have enough room to fit all the UI elements, but this concept aims to change that. This model features a easy to press "Home" / "Back" button, while the screen displays the current time, missed calls, weather, day, date, SMS, email and social network notifications. Installed apps now feature a vertical scrollable menu, and all the other UI elements are set against a white background. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Google Pixel 2

Google in partnership with HTC won't be left out of the smartphone race, and the Pixel 2 aims to keep them in the game. The 5.1" / 5.5" display will be covered in 2.5D Gorilla Glass, while inside, you'll find a Snapdragon 835 CPU, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, and a 16MP camera with an F/1.7 aperture lens. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Working for Google

Photo credit: Twitter via Bored Panda

Most 7-year-olds are thinking about summer break or just hanging out with friends, but Chloe Bridgewater has far bigger aspirations. In addition to to working at a chocolate factory, she would also like to become an Olympic swimmer. However, her biggest dream is working at Google, because her dad said she can "sit on bean bags and go down slides." Continue reading to see the whole letter and the response she received.

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Hyperlapse Google Maps

Photo credit: Matteo Archondis via Peta Pixel

Graphic design student Matteo Archondis created an incredible visual hyperlapse tour of the world using 3,305 screenshots that were taken entirely within Google Maps. It took him 2 days of work to compile all of the images, and then he spent countless hours over a week editing them together. "Thanks to the developer tools of Google Chrome, I was able to remove all the items that interfered with the user experience. I also removed the labels so that the final image could be as clean and realistic as possible, so that I could concentrate on the camera movements as if it was in real life," said Archondis. Continue reading for seven places you aren't allowed to see on Google Maps. Click here for a few bonus images of sights captured on Google Street View.

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Boston Dynamics Handle Robot

Google-owned Boston Dynamics has a new robot that has yet to be officially unveiled, but a leaked video shows that it's definitely "nightmare-inducing". No technical specifications have been revealed, but as you can see, it rides around upright on two wheels, spins quickly on its axis, and is capable of leaping over obstacles and landing perfectly. "[It's an] experiment in combining wheels with legs, with a very dynamic system that is balancing itself all the time and has a lot of knowledge of how to throw its weight around," said company founder Marc Raibert. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of Adam Savage's custom NERF rifle.

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Google Jamboard

Priced from $6000, the Google Jamboard is essentially a massive 55-inch, 4K resolution, multi-touch display. It's designed to work seamlessly with Google's G-suite cloud-based software, but this collaboration tool would be perfect for games. The display itself can be controlled via hand-gestures or with the included battery-free styluses and digital eraser, mounted neatly on its wheeled base for easy transportation. You'll also be able to connect to Jamboard from anywhere in the world using any compatible Android or iOS device and collaborate in real time. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of drones replacing a light bulb.

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Google Pixel

Gallery photo credit: The Verge

Available in 5-inch 1080p or 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display models, the Google Pixel - built by HTC - sports a 12.3 megapixel camera that received a DxOMark score of 89, the highest of any camera-equipped smartphone. Other features include: 4GB of RAM, 32GB / 128GB of integrated storage, USB-C connectivity, unlimited cloud storage for photos and 4K videos, support for the company's new Daydream VR headset, automatic updates, and a built-in Google Assistant, activated by holding the home button or saying the "hot word". Available in silver, black, or blue. Click here for images from the Pixel event. Continue reading for two hands-on videos and more information.

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Boston Dynamics Atlas


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.

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