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.
Get a Google Chromecast + $10 Amazon GC for just $29.99, today only, originally $39.99. Plug it into any HDTV and control it with your existing smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Send your favorite shows to your TV with the press of a button. No more huddling around small screens and tiny speakers. Chromecast automatically updates to work with a growing number of apps. Product page - be sure to add both items into your cart before checking out for the discount. Continue reading for a hands-on video and more information.
Need an alarm, but only have your laptop around? Simply head on over to Google, type in set timer for however long you desire, and once the countdown reaches zero, you'll hear an alarm (optional). That is just one of the many things you can do when Google is the only website not blocked by your work / school firewall. Others include: calculating tips, filtering Gmail spam with a simple trick, browsing downloadable fonts and lots more. Continue reading to see them all.
Love Google Street View, but wish some of the sights came in video format rather than interactive images that require you to click? Then look no further than Deep Stereo algorithm, powered by Google's AI. Google engineers are using their layered artificial neural network to create unseen views from two or more images of a scene. If you have a photo from the left and right of a scene, the deep network will tell you what it looks like from anywhere the middle. Continue reading for a video and more information.
After trying out some of these tricks, you may think of Google as software rather than purely a search engine. By simply typing in different search queries, you can use it as a timer, nutrition database for various foods, tip calculator, gaming platform, gravity simulator and more. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of what really happens when you shoot a rocket under ice.
Haier's Chromebook 11 may be priced at just $149, but it's definitely no slouch, or at least for mobile warriors on-the-go who only need a laptop for web surfing. Featuring a quad-core Rockchip RK3288 1.8-GHz processor, 2.0GB of DDR3L SDRAM, 16GB of eMMC Flash storage, and a crisp 11.6-inch display. It boots up within 8-seconds, and has auto-updates built-in, so you can get the latest virus protection and the latest features, hassle-free. Product page. Continue reading for a video preview of the HiSense model, which has the same specs.
Google is always coming up with quirky ways of sprucing up their services, and their latest project is PAC-Maps. This turns any Google Maps view into a playable game of Pac-Man, and to launch it, just find the desired location and activate the game by pressing a button in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen next to the Google Earth button. Or, just select the Pac-Man pin on the map where available. Try it out here. For those who don't have access to Google Maps for whatever reason, continue reading to see what it looks like when played on a smartphone using the app.
ASUS' 13" Chromebook may not have all the bells and whistles of high-end laptops, but you can pick up a reconditioned model for just $127.64 shipped, this weekend only. Featuring an Intel Dual-Core 2.16 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB local flash storage, gigabit Dual-Band 802.11AC ultra-fast Wi-Fi, USB 3.0, and a 13.3" HD LED display. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.
For those who aren't gaming aficionados, Breakout is an arcade game developed and published by Atari, Inc. It was originally conceptualized by Nolan Bushnell and Steve Bristow, influenced by the 1972 Atari arcade game Pong, and built by Steve Wozniak aided by Steve Jobs. The game was ported to multiple platforms and upgraded to video games such as Super Breakout. Now, you can enjoy a version of this game by simply typing "Atari Breakout" into the Google Images search bar. Continue reading for more.