Nowadays, every major company seems to be involved with space and space exploration in some way or another. The out-of-the-universe field that was once only reserved for the likes of NASA, has now captured the imagination of (mostly tech) companies worldwide.
There is Elon Musk’s SpaceX programme, Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic and of course, the mighty Google.
As you may of heard, Google has recently launched the Google Lunar XPrize – a sort of post Cold War space race competition that challenges different teams from around the world to land a spacecraft on the moon.
18 private teams from all four corners of the Earth will go head-to-head in a bid to be the first to land a spacecraft on the moon. However, the objective is not to simply land the spacecraft on the moon, but to also let it roam for 500 meters as well as being able to send data and images back to Earth.
The winning team will then receive a grand prize of a whopping $20 million. (more…)
Not one to shy away from blowing our minds, Disney has unveiled their latest autonomous robot – and this one seems to have a flair for the finer things in life.
Called the BeachBot, this friendly-looking robot is an artist in it’s own right.
Designed to essentially decorate beaches, the BeachBot will draw massive, intricate images on the sand, simply by following a programmed route.
Saying that these drawings are big is an understatement – most of the images will cover an impressive 30 square foot area on the sand, so they can be seen from miles away.
And just what is it that the BeachBot seamlessly etches onto the sand? Well, Disney-drawings, of course. The BeachBot will quickly and perfectly (in under 10 minutes) illuminate boring old beaches with images from your favourite Disney movies like The Lion King or Finding Nemo – which is quite apt. (more…)
The YouTube Year in Rewind video has been a tradition since 2010. Since then, every year the company compiles a mash-up video of all the greatest, biggest and most viral internet moments of the year.
The videos tend to get better and better every year, as we spend more and more time (read: too much) on the interwebs.
From hit songs, to viral videos, memes and prominent internet bloggers and figures almost everything that captured our attention and imagination on the internet this year is briefly mentioned in this rewind video.
This year’s one, however, is pretty damn epic. (more…)
You can just imagine the chaos that is an Amazon warehouse at this time of the year. Thousands upon thousands of Christmas gifts, just waiting to be sent off to their respective recipients.
This ‘Christmas rush’ has prompted Amazon to enlist some external help to help them cope with the intense and constant influx of product. And just how did they do this, you may ask? Well, considering we’re nearing the end of 2014, they enlisted the help of robots, of course.
The company showed off their nifty new robots yesterday that will help them through the snowball that is December and beyond. They are like santa’s little (futuristic) helpers, with Amazon being Santa. (more…)
As a musician, solo artist or band, you essentially only have two ways of making money; album or single sales and of course, through ticket sales from live performances. Unless you’re a mega popstar or legendary rock band, these two ways of making money is your only bread and butter.
Indie or underground artists and bands that have not signed with a big label rely solely on gig money to survive. Sure, they can perhaps make money on album sales or downloads, but more often than not they choose to release these albums or singles for free in an effort to attract more people to their shows. Thus, you can imagine that these artists are constantly looking for other ways to showcase their music – and make money in the process.
And there might just be some light at the end of the tunnel thanks to a clever new startup with a clever new app. (more…)
Most of us will remember the iconic movie that is the Karate Kid. The wholesome family film has touched the hearts of generations.
One thing that will forever be remembered about this film – besides the wise words of Mr. Miyagi – is the ‘crane’ pose which shows the young karate Kid balancing, with one leg, on a pole.
The movie was released in 1984 and now, 20 years later, robots are doing that exact same move. Say hello to the future.
A humanoid robot built by Google seems to have mastered the famous pose, and the best part is, he doesn’t even flinch and keeps his composure – just as Miyagi would have wanted it. (more…)
The potential partnership between Uber and Spotify has been cropping up the last couple of months all over the internet and it was finally made official yesterday. Uber riders will soon be able to listen to their favourite tunes whilst using Uber for their daily commute. The partnership will see an additional update to the Uber app where you can request the music that you want to listen to. When the Uber taxi arrives the music will already be playing! Sweet huh? (more…)
With the rise of video messaging services and disappearing photo messaging services, it was only a matter of time before some company decided to jump on the bandwagon and release an app that combines the two.
Today, that company is Skype, who just released Skype Qik – a disappearing video messaging app.
Skype Qik is based on ‘asynchronous video messaging’ as the company likes to call it, which basically means that you can create and send video messages to your friends – even if they are not online.
Qik will allow for your friends to watch your video once they log on to the service.
The app is obviously mobile focused and is part of Skype’s overall plan to accommodate more for their mobile users. It comes as no surprise that the company – who’s roots are on desktop – is making mobile use better for users.
Many of Skype’s users now use the service on mobile – as much as half, according to the company. Qik is a way to tap into the video messaging market, as well as providing users with a cool new mobile feature. (more…)