Language is a beautiful part of the many cultures that make up humanity but it can at times create barriers between people. Google is helping to tear down these language barriers with the latest update to their amazing Translate app.
This week Google demonstrated the latest version of Translate using the catchy La Bamba soundtrack. With lyrics held up on large signs in the background Translate converts the phrases in real time. A catchy little demonstration of the software’s WordLens feature that can now convert signs into 27 languages.
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Spreading the World Wide Web to cover all four corners of our world is no small challenge. Internet penetration has reached 60% of the world’s population in the last 2 decades but the first 60% was the easy bit. Low population density, infrastructure costs and the fact that the world is a really big place will conspire to make the last 40% far tougher than the first 60%.
Facebook this week revealed technology to help bridge the internet gap, the Aquila drone which is now completed and ready for testing. The carbon fibre flying wing is in essence a communications platform that will bring the internet to the hard to get to corners of the world.
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With nothing more than a friendly smile hitchBOT explores the world one ride at a time. A free spirited robot that hitch-hikes his way from coast to coast one adventure at a time. Hailing from Port Credit, Ontario hitchBot last year crossed Canada in just 26 days. A total of 19 rides and 10,000 kilometres travelled thanks to the kindness of strangers.
Behind his smiling LED face hitchBOT by designed is a social robot whose personality stands out over his mechanical abilities. Constructed out of a small amount of electronics, a bucket, solar panels and bin lid hitchBOT lacks any form of locomotion and so is reliant on the help of strangers for most everything.
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Project Ara has gone live, the first public demonstration of a working prototype took place on May 29, 2015 at the Google I/O conference. The day that changed how we connect electronics together.
Project Ara Lead Engineer Rafa Camargo took the helm for the demonstration, happily hands on with Project Ara, snapping into place all of the modules that make a phone a phone. Startup time and operation seemed just like any other phone. Taking a picture of an audience with a phone, now that’s pure Rafa. What makes Project Ara so special then? Its whats on under the surface that makes the difference.
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Many things in life seem like a good idea at the time and then reality bites, getting into the Predator Shield is one of those things. As hilarious for us as it is terrifying for the occupant the cube of terror is the genius creation of Japanese game show Sekai No Hatte Madde Itte Q! (Riddles at the Ends of the Earth!).
Made of tough plexiglass the Predator Shield seems to be able to take a beating and keep on ticking as its terrified cargo screams in fear. They only question is when do you get out? Do you have to wait till the bear gets bored of the cube?
Presented for your viewing pleasure is the latest hilarious insanity to come from Japanese day-time TV. Sit back relax and prepare to laugh in disbelief.
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In backyard workshops around the world many people are spending many fascinating hours tinkering with quad-copters of all shapes and sizes. YouTuber and QuadCopter enthusiast Hogwit has created a rather unique QuadCopter that has much of the internet up in arms. What makes this drone special and controversial is the addition of a hand gun and firing mechanism.
Presented for you viewing pleasure is the drone with a bad attitude, the QuadCopter with a 9mm answer to every question. Sit back relax and prepare to be fired at from above.
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Each year beginning on the last Monday in July aircraft enthusiasts jump into their experimental flying machines and head to Oshkosh Wisconsin to take part in the air-show especially for those that love to fly. More than a fly-by air-show Oshkosh sees many people who build their own aircraft compete in friendly competitions to test their creations and piloting skills.
The Short Take-off and Landing (STOL) competition is one of the most spectacular competitions held at the event. Featuring light weight modified aircraft designed to land and take-off in remote locations without runways. The abilities of these pilots and their incredible flying machines at times seems almost unnatural. With large amounts of lift generated by the modified wings and extremely powerful engines these planes almost seem to hover at times.
Presented for your viewing pleasure are the amazing bush pilots of Oshkosh, able to take off in the blink of an eye and land on a postage stamp. Sit back relax and remember to keep your air sickness bag within easy reach.
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The most controversial military exercise to take place on US soil has kicked off this week and the controversy is already well underway. Initially announced in March JADE Helm 15 from the outset generated much publicity and consternation amongst Americans, especially Texans.
According to the publicly available information 1,200 troops will be involved, Special Forces troops Green Berets, Navy Seals and Air Force Special Ops troops. For the purpose of the exercise Texas, Utah and a southern portion of California have been designated as enemy territory. The actual objectives (eg capture the flag, eliminate the enemy) have been kept a tightly held secret.
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Electricity may be the life blood of our modern world but we humans are far less compatible with it than our gadgets are. Combining this incompatibility with a desire to test your manhood makes for some painful and extremely funny viewing. Eddie Tyler recently had the urge to prove his manhood using the arcade electric chair self-torture device and the results may be the most hilarious ever, although we cannot confirm how well he could walk before electrocuting himself.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is one of the greatest demonstrations of just how incompatible we are with electricity. Sit back relax and hang on tight as long as you can.
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Internet security is a modern fact of life but whoever invented Captcha codes must have been a highly talented sadist. YouTuber videogamedunkey couldn’t agree more as demonstrated by his hilarious video highlighting the human torture device that is Captcha codes.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is the hilarious take on the security system designed to make our lives more secure, a system so deviously frustrating that it may just have been created by the devil himself. Sit back relax and remember you are not alone, these are some frustrating squiggles.
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