Jacqui Kenny has always wanted to travel the world, meet new people and discover different cultures, but she suffers from agoraphobia – an anxiety disorder characterized by fear of public spaces, public transportation, open spaces and/or large crowds – so she rarely gets to leave her house. Luckily, modern technology allows her to live out her dream, sort of. Continue reading »
We take Google street in general just for informational purposes, but people do not realize there are hilarious images that were recorded during Google car tour. Maybe you have seen some funny images already but this time we bring you a Google Street View in Slavic style. Images that are funny, bizarre or just plain ridiculous is what we have here, so maybe after this you will go on the street view to find more funny stuff in your neighborhood. Continue reading »
Clement Valla was born in 1971 and lives and works in Brooklyn. He has trained as both an architect and designer. Valla collects screen shots from Google Earth showing various places photographed by satellite (roads, bridges and dams). Some structures that are difficult for software to interpret, give a distorted impression, closely embracing the Earth’s surface. Continue reading »
Google’s much-hyped new campus has a somewhat new look After the City of Mountain View limited the buildable space, the tech company was forced to reduce the overall size of the complex. The overarching concept remains intact—a micro “city” of buildings lined by bike paths, outdoor walkways, and gardens—but, like many ambitious projects, it’s had to make some concessions when the reality of regulations sets in. Continue reading »
Google’s Street View, that lets you explore the world through the virtual eyes of street level cameras, has now shrunk itself to the size of a thumb, so that you can experience the world’s largest miniature model railway as if it has been blown to real size. Continue reading »
Daniel Filip, Tech Lead Manager for Google Maps, carries the Trekker, a 15-camera device, while mapping the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu for Google Street View in Cuzco, Peru, August 11, 2015. (Photo by Pilar Olivares/Reuters) Continue reading »
It’s no secret that Google Maps and its street view option is a super advanced way of getting around. You can really see whatever you want in the tool from anywhere in the world— even storefronts and people walking around (yes, Fahrenheit 451 may have predicted this). So far, Google says it has gathered over 20 petabytes of data since it began Street View, so users were bound to find some really unusual things. Warning: some of these images might make you question what goes on in your neighborhood back alley… Continue reading »
Google has become the first company to rent to the world’s largest and most expensive digital billboard in Times Square, New York. The billboard is eight storeys high and is estimated to cost $2.5m (£1.6m) to hire for four weeks. The screen, which is the size of a football field, is mounted on the side of the Marriot Marquis hotel. Around 300,000 pedestrians are estimated to pass by the billboard every day. Times Square’s brightly-lit billboards are some of the most iconic and well-known outdoor advertising spaces. The new billboard was turned on on Tuesday evening and will show a nature-inspired digital art piece for a week until Google’s adverts begin running. Hundreds of tourists watched as the screen was turned on. The screen is also connected to cameras, allowing for interactive content. The US tech giant is reported to have hired the screen until January 2015.
A man dressed up as the Statue of Liberty walks in front of a new digital advertising screen in Times Square, New York, November 18, 2014. According to local media the screen is a full block long, 8 stories tall, is lit with 24 million LED pixels and has a higher resolution than most TV sets. The advertising rate is reported at $2.5 million USD for a four-week run making it one of the most expensive outdoor advertising spaces in the world. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
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Google has built its first self-driving car prototypes and hopes to test hundreds more models this summer. If all goes well, the company is planning a pilot program in California over the next few years.
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Google is launching balloons into near space to provide internet access to buildings below on the ground. About 30 of the superpressure balloons are being launched from New Zealand from where they will drift around the world on a controlled path. Attached equipment will offer 3G-like speeds to 50 testers in the country.
Access will be intermittent, but in time the firm hopes to build a big enough fleet to offer reliable links to people living in remote areas. It says that balloons could one day be diverted to disaster-hit areas to aid rescue efforts in situations where ground communication equipment has been damaged. But one expert warns that trying to simultaneously navigate thousands of the high-altitude balloons around the globe’s wind patterns will prove a difficult task to get right. Google calls the effort Project Loon and acknowledges it is “highly experimental” at this stage.
Each balloon is 15m (49.2ft) in diameter – the length of a small plane – and filled with lifting gases. Electronic equipment hangs underneath including radio antennas, a flight computer, an altitude control system and solar panels to power the gear. Google aims to fly the balloons in the stratosphere, 20km (12 miles) or more above the ground, which is about double the altitude used by commercial aircraft and above controlled airspace. Google says each should stay aloft for about 100 days and provide connectivity to an area stretching 40km in diameter below as they travel in a west-to-east direction. (BBC News)
A fully inflated test balloon sits in a hangar at Moffett Field airfield in California. Google is testing the balloons which sail in the stratosphere and beam the Internet to Earth. (Photo by Andrea Dunlap/Google) Continue reading »
Worried about your picture showing up on Google Streetview? Sick of photos of yourself appearing on sites like Facebook? Here`s the solution!
The full face mask Pixelhead acts as media camouflage, completely shielding the head to ensure that your face is not recognizable on photographs taken in public places without securing permission. A simple piece of fabric creates a little piece of anonymity for the Internet age. The material used is stretch satin with a fashionable Pixel-style print of German Secretary of the Interior Thomas de Maizière. The mask has two holes for your eyes, so you can see and breathe comfortably while wearing the mask, secure in the knowledge that your image won’t be showing up anywhere you don’t want it to. Continue reading »
Trying to find a suitable hotel, we are often faced with a catchy attractive advertising which paints such a tempting picture you want to drop everything and find yourself there. But sometimes the truth is far from perfect. If only you could know before to go. Google Street View gives its users this opportunity. It is easy to find the hotel you have chosen on the map and see it as it really is. (Click images to zoom) Continue reading »
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