Google’s annual I/O developer conference is set to begin next week, but it may be a few more months until we see their all-new Pixel 6 smartphone lineup. Fortunately, technology analyst Jon Prosser allegedly saw a few hands-on images of the handset and then teamed up with an artist to create some renders of both the Pixel 6 as well as the Pixel 6 Pro. What you might notice first is the centered hole-punch display, which eliminates any unsightly notches. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Google researchers have revealed their updated NeRF-W (Neural Radiance Fields in the Wild) algorithm, which basically creates detailed 3D models of locations around the world by using the reference data from 2D tourists’ photos. This algorithm can also remove unwanted objects and normalize the lighting conditions so they look as natural as possible. Nerf-W is applied to internet photo collections of famous landmarks and the resulting 3D models are even more photo-realistic than in the actual images. Read more for a video and additional information.
Google’s Pixel 4a 5G smartphone comes fully unlocked, and you can get one for $459 shipped, today only, originally $499. Featuring a 6.2-inch FHD+ OLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G octa-core processor, 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 128GB of internal storage, a dual rear camera system (12MP + 16MP ultrawide), and a front-facing 8MP camera. You still get Night Sight, which gives you the ability to capture amazing low-light photos—and even the Milky Way with astrophotography. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
Google is continually adding new functionality to their Search service, including augmented reality objects, whether it be animals or Baby Yoda. The later comes out just in time for The Mandalorian’s Season 2 finale, and lets you place the character just about anywhere in your home. To try it out yourself, simply open the browser on an iOS or Android device, search for “The Child” or “Baby Yoda”, scroll down until you see the character card, and then click “View in 3D”. Read more for a short video demonstration.
The Atari VCS game console has finally started shipping to its Indiegogo backers and Google Chrome is the built-in browser used to ennrich the streaming services, browsing, and browser-based applications. This browser takes full advantage of the streaming capabilities of the system’s AMD Ryzen R1606G CPU and lets you access things like Google Workspace – Gmail, Calendar, Chat, Docs, Drive, and Meet. Plus, it will be compatible with most PC peripherals, so users will be able to connect a webcam for Google Meet video conferencing and use a mouse and keyboard to undertake more text-heavy tasks. Read more for an early hands-on look at the console and additional information.
Google just added 50 new AR animals for you to interact with on Search. Some of them include a bulldog, cane corso, coyote, dachshund, donkey, milk cow, hamster, giraffe, welsh corgi, red panda, pitbull, zebra, ox, doberman, kitten, and lots more. How does this work? Simply search for these animals on a mobile browser or through the official Google app, and just scroll down until you see “View in 3D” to start the adventure. Read more for a video and additional information.
Researchers at Google and Saarland University unveil SkinMarks, an innovative smart tattoo that basically turns human skin into electronic touch interfaces. Put simply, they are temporary and users can easily apply or remove them. How so? Place the SkinMarks somewhere on your body, use a sponge to wet the surface, and then peel the paper off carefully. It uses conductive ink and dub-millimeter electrodes for touch sensing. Read more for a video and additional information.
In Arthur C. Clarke’s Space Odyssey, the strange monoliths are actually machines built by an unseen extraterrestrial species. Three of them are discovered in the solar system by hominids and humans, with the response of the characters to their discovery driving the plot of the series. Recently, a strange 12-foot monolith was discovered in a remote area of Utah, which prompted internet users to compare it to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Read more for a video and the exact coordinates of this strange structure should you be brave enough to go exploring in the area.
Have a catchy tune stuck in your head, but don’t know the lyrics? Simply hum to search with Google’s latest feature. As of today, users can hum, whistle or sing a melody to Google to figure out what the song is. If you’re on a mobile device just open the latest version of the Google app or find your Google Search widget, tap the mic icon, say “what’s this song?”, and then start humming for 10-15 seconds. Read more for a video and additional information.
Let’s face it, most of the humming you do is probably not worth recording, but after running it through Google’s machine learning Tone Transfer tool, you may reconsider. Using your Android smartphone, tablet or desktop, you can turn these simple hums into a violin, saxophone, flute or trumpet solo. Google research scientist Hanoi Hantrakul considers this tool to be deconstructing the sound into “Play-Doh”, which can then be molded into something else. Read more for a video and additional information.