We, humans, are always looking for answers. It makes sense that we are now looking towards search engines for answers to everything. SEOLOL, which combines the two acronyms for ‘search engine optimization’ and ‘laugh out loud’, showcases real search queries from us all. Unfortunately the site hasn’t been updated for over a year, though it’s […]
Excuse us while we get completely geeky about this. A side-project by the duo leading Google’s Big Picture visualization research group, Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas, Wind Map shows you the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US’ by visually mapping out the land in real time according to the strength of the wind […]
Know ‘people who find it more convenient to bother you with their question rather than google it for themselves’? When you enter the query on their behalf at the Let Me Google That For You site, it generates a video tutorial showing the obvious instructions to search that query on Google, then lets you share […]
If you’re looking for something weird and wonderful but can’t be bothered to leave your seat we may have found the thing for you. Artist Jon Rafman has been scouring the amazing world of Google Street View and has found more then a few oddly funny situations; including everything from cars on fire to scary men in masks. Getting captured by a Google photographer seems like a task in itself, even more so when you’re hiding behind a bin.
As a pre-pubertarian kid, I had a strong passion for urbanism. I used to draw detailed city maps, sometimes including subway systems and contour lines. And when the original SimCity came out, I was in heaven. More than 20 years later and living in one of the most poorly designed urban centers in the world, […]
Google have opened their doors for the first time today to give the world photographic access to their massive data centres scattered around the world. The 8 centres in the US, Finland and Belgium are the heart of Google, responsible for delivering your search results, emails and most importantly, all of those hilarious cat videos on Youtube straight to your computer.
Ah, Google Glass. While this snazzy piece of head-mounted augmented reality isn’t available to us plebians yet, Google has been teasing everyone’s imagination here and there, including demo-ing the glasses with skydiving and the such. More recently, designer Diane Von Furstenberg and her models donned the $1,500 glasses for her Spring/Summer 2013 runway show at New […]
Talk about making Star Trek look outdated. This incredible concept video imagines an amazing integration of technologies that really already exist into a seamless coexistence with the user. Everything that your iPhone or Android smartphone does, with an optical/audial and microphone interface that allows the wearer of these glasses to access the internet, GPS, email, […]
I’m a huge strategy/product/UI/web nerd and believe that a core element of great design is an ability to improve peoples’ everyday lives. Little Big Details is my favorite UI site. Pictured here is a feature that Google Doodles you a happy birthday based on your Google+ settings. Regardless of its current/future success, watching Google+ roll-out […]
A new experimental online game is taking the Facebook experience to a whole new level. META Assassins, a tournament-based assassination game, makes use of a downloadable plugin to detect browser activity and, in turn, triggers shootouts when your assigned ‘target’ lands on the same page. This concept game also features real jobs, like Streetview Surveillance […]
Bessemer Venture Partnershas been Venture Capital investing since 1911. While they’ve had their successes (Skype), they’ve had their complete screw ups as well. Perhaps their worst pass? Google.
The Wilderness Downtown is an amazing interactive web film by Chris Milk and some guys over at Google. Taking your hometown, it incorporates Google Earth and Google Street view into a unique visual experience that literally comes alive with melody and feeling. It utilizes motion within the Google Chrome browser to create a sort of […]
You can turn your doodles into photo-montages with the online tool PhotoSketch, which uses images from Flickr, Google and Yahoo to produce composite images based on even the most rudimentary drawings. [image via CreativeReview]
By some estimates, Google has over half a million servers that each month crunch the equivalent of all the data in the entire library of congress 240 times over. Well over half of web users go to Google for answers to their questions, asking the machine over 400 million queries per day. Slowly but surely, Google is becoming our collective brain. Consider this: Google can now predict flu outbreaks weeks in advance simply by monitoring searches for flu terms (‘sore throat’), and aggregating this based on location. They’ve launched this service as Google Flu Trends. ‘From a technological perspective, it is the beginning’, says Eric E. Schmidt, Google’s chief executive. So where is this is all heading?
Conceptual artist Pascual Sisto stumbled across a Google Maps street view of Minnie Street in Fairbanks Alaska that was obscured by a plastic bag. He has the view preserved on his site in case Google decides to re-photograph the intersection.