fastcompany:

The data team at Verge has a great infographic researching the Top 20 Startups of All Time. Check it out.

techstuffhsw:

How Nest Works

A startup that’s only been selling goods — two products, to be specific — for two years was bought by Google for over $3 billion. Behind this success story are a bunch of Apple expats and clever design & programming decisions. Tune in to learn what made Nest’s thermostats and smoke/carbon monoxide detectors such a hit, plus what Google’s purchase could mean for both companies.

designersofthings:

Google’s SCHAFT Takes Home Gold in DARPA Robot Olympics

The DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials 2013 completed this weekend in Florida with 16 teams all vying for the top prize of $2 million dollars. 

According to DARPA, “The DRC is a competition of robot systems and software teams vying to develop robots capable of assisting humans in responding to natural and man-made disasters. Technologies resulting from the DRC will transform the field of robotics and catapult forward development of robots featuring task-level autonomy that can operate in the hazardous, degraded conditions common in disaster zones”.

All 16 robots were required to complete eight tasks as part of the challenge:

  • Task 1: Drive a Vehicle
  • Task 2: Walk on a mixed Terrain
  • Task 3: Climb a ladder
  • Task 4: Remove Debris
  • Task 5: Open and walk through doors
  • Task 6: Cut through a Wall
  • Task 7: Open a series of Valves
  • Task 8: Connect a Hose

Gizmodo reports that “with 27 out of a possible 32 points in eight challenges, SCHAFT pulled out a decisive victory”. 

SCHAFT is a 4ft 11 two-legged robot that was developed by a spin-off from the University of Tokyo’s Jouhou System Kougaku lab, which Google recently revealed it had acquired.

(via techstuffhsw)

antinwo:

SAN FRANCISCO — BigDog, Cheetah, WildCat and Atlas have joined Google’s growing robot menagerie.

Google confirmed on Friday that it had completed the acquisition of Boston Dynamics, an engineering company that has designed mobile research robots for the Pentagon. The company, based in Waltham, Mass., has gained an international reputation for machines that walk with an uncanny sense of balance and even — cheetahlike — run faster than the fastest humans.

It is the eighth robotics company that Google has acquired in the last half-year. Executives at the Internet giant are circumspect about what exactly they plan to do with their robot collection. But Boston Dynamics and its animal kingdom-themed machines bring significant cachet to Google’s robotic efforts, which are being led by Andy Rubin, the Google executive who spearheaded the development of Android, the world’s most widely used smartphone software.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/14/technology/google-adds-to-its-menagerie-of-robots.html?pagewanted=all&_r=2&

In honor of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary, the Saturday, November 22 Google Doodle will have you transfixed for hours. Pretty great, if you’re a fan of Time Lords. If you’re not from Gallifrey, nor from a land Downunder, then you can go to the Aussie Google home page here, and play til your (two) hearts’ content: https://www.google.com.au/
Speaking of the good Doctor, what we wouldn’t give for his Sonic Screwdriver! It’s at the top of our list of 10 Sci-fi Gadgets We Wish Actually Existed.

In honor of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary, the Saturday, November 22 Google Doodle will have you transfixed for hours. Pretty great, if you’re a fan of Time Lords. If you’re not from Gallifrey, nor from a land Downunder, then you can go to the Aussie Google home page here, and play til your (two) hearts’ content: https://www.google.com.au/

Speaking of the good Doctor, what we wouldn’t give for his Sonic Screwdriver! It’s at the top of our list of 10 Sci-fi Gadgets We Wish Actually Existed.

stuffmomnevertoldyou:

This UN Women ad campaign uses actual Google autofill searches to illustrate pervasive sexist beliefs about women around the world.

Also reminded of differences between Men, According to Google and Women, According to Google.

(via)

Women, According to Google

What are the most common questions people ask Google about “why do women…,” and what do those results reveal about our prevailing stereotypes of how women, girls, and moms behave? Cristen and Professor Boyfriend turn to Google in their search for what people really think about the female sex, in this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You.

kidsneedscience:

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In 1938 American mathematician Edward Kasner asked his two young nephews for the name of a huge arbitrary number, which Kasner set at one followed by one…

thisistheverge:

xkcd: Questions

Where Google Autocomplete ends, we begin! Come find your answers here: http://www.howstuffworks.com

thisistheverge:

xkcd: Questions

Where Google Autocomplete ends, we begin! Come find your answers here: http://www.howstuffworks.com

thisistheverge:

Google reveals Chromecast, a device that streams video from any device
Google is making another foray into the living room with the Chromecast, a small HDMI dongle that allows users to stream videos from a phone or tablet to their TV using Chrome. “Everyone loves their phones, tablets, and laptops,” said Google. “Unlike other solutions, we will not force you to have the same operating system on all your devices.”

thisistheverge:

Google reveals Chromecast, a device that streams video from any device

Google is making another foray into the living room with the Chromecast, a small HDMI dongle that allows users to stream videos from a phone or tablet to their TV using Chrome. “Everyone loves their phones, tablets, and laptops,” said Google. “Unlike other solutions, we will not force you to have the same operating system on all your devices.”

fastcompany:

Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Hi Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 
Rejoice! Google has brought back the ability to make calls from Gmail. 
BlackBerry has lost its battle with Indian authorities, who have been demanding that it let them spy on users in order to protect the state and prevent terrorism.
Apple has been found guilty of conspiring with five major book publishers to artificially raise e-book prices. 
Today’s Most Innovative Company is NASA, which is planning to send a new rover to Mars in 2020.
Today’s Most Creative People are the students behind NASA’s awesome Grover rover. 
A code found buried in the iOS 7 beta is a clue that the new iPhone may have a slow motion camera.
A new, more accurate clock that uses lasers to help tell time may change our definition of the second.
Ever trekked all the way to a cafe just to find out that their Wi-fi is lousy? Now you can avoid that inconvenience using the SeedSpot app, which lets you test the Wi-Fi networks in your area.
Google just cleaned up the Android Maps app, giving it a sleeker, more useable design.
Hackers are taking advantage of Microsoft’s security flaw, which was announced earlier this year by a Google employee. 
Have a great day!
—M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger
[Image: flattop341]

fastcompany:

Daily Fast Feed Roundup

Hi Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 

  • BlackBerry has lost its battle with Indian authorities, who have been demanding that it let them spy on users in order to protect the state and prevent terrorism.

Have a great day!

M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

[Image: flattop341]