Parents love witnessing and documenting their children’s firsts.
Proud moms and dads wait anxiously, clenching their iPhone, finger on the camera trigger, ready to capture a child’s first step or first word. But this YouTube clip captures a first moment that most parents don’t usually catch — a child’s first taste of lemon:
Industrial mechanic Ulf Hoffmann built the robot called UHTTR-1, which plays table tennis with the aid of its own camera. It doesn’t miss a shot, it’s just not as aggressive as some players I’ve seen -yet. But what a great practice partner! Learn more about it at Hoffmann’s blog, if you can read German, or you might preferthe Google translation.
As you have probably seen over the past week or so, there has been a new craze called NekNomination. This challenge has swept across social media platforms and hundreds of thousands of people have taken part. This challenge involves downing a drink or possibly a combination of drinks and then nominating two people who you know to complete this within a 24hr period. Once they have completed it they are then required to upload it for everyone to see. Because of people of uploading it, it has spread exponentially as videos tend to go viral pretty quickly. Some people take it too far and end up mixing large quantities of strong drinks or in the even more extreme cases, people have been adding things like bleach or mouth wash to their drink.
I stumbled across a video on YouTube via Facebook, where one South African man has shown us how powerful social media can be and how it can influence people to do good:
He has taken his own approach on the NekNomination challenge, highlighting the fact that he lives in a region of the world where un-employment is at a high, the average wages are extremely low and some people will struggle to even eat each day. This shows there is so much more that can be done with social media. As you can see something as simple as downing a drink has spread so quickly, why can’t an act of kindness to those less fortunate do the same? All it takes is a small act from a large number of individual people to make a change.
This is how Brent Lindeque, from Johannesburg decided to do his NekNomination.
Google Street View Car isn’t exactly built for speed. It’s better for slow, steady neighborhood rides while collecting 360-degree imagery of its surroundings (and, sometimes, Wi-Fi data!). So, how would it fare against a Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Series with 631 horsepower and a top speed of 196 miles per hour?
Simply put, it wouldn’t. The Mercedes leaves it in a cloud of smoke and burned tire fragments. The feature is, in part, thanks to Top Gear, which brought the Google Street View Car to its test track to take the imagery and place it on Google Maps. To spice things up, showrunners pitted the car against the extremely expensive Mercedes supercar for a virtual “race.”
To find it, type “Top Gear Test Track” into Google Maps and drag Google’s yellow pegman, located in the upper left corner of Maps, onto the map.
You can virtually stroll around the test track with the Mercedes, which is driven by Top Gear‘s infamous Stig. We can call this a 1:1 — the Mercedes may be faster, but the Street View Car takes nicer photos.