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Build Lego With Chrome

Build Lego With Chrome

What is Build With Chrome?

Build With Chrome is a web application for Chrome that allows the user to creatively build realistic structures using Lego bricks. It’s a platform developed by LEGO and Chrome collectively, for people to build within Chrome’s browser. The creations are placed on real life geographical maps, so one might find a Lego model in Google Maps.

How does Build Lego With Chrome  Work?

For building a structure, two piles of Lego bricks are available and different keyboard and mouse commands can be used for controlling the build process. Later, a detailed build academy was added to help users get more creative which teaches the process and provides tips to build with Lego. Initially, the user has to share their location and is allotted a space that looks similar to a Lego baseplate. However, one can zoom in any chose any geographic are on which the entire Lego model will be based. In order to unlock additional bricks, the challenges have to be completed.

 

Other local models are also available on the world map and even Lego models of the actual structures can be found. Therefore, if all the structures in a town are built by different users, the entire town would get a Lego representation of its real-life version. While developing a Lego model, one designer can have only one baseplate and models can’t overlap pieces of another baseplate. There are a few technicalities to follow while building a model but all in all, it’s a great platform to showcase your creativity and build structures from your imagination in the virtual world.

Browse the map and find an open plot to get started and or have Build find you one by clicking the Build button which is blue in color. Every plot is a 32-by-32-peg square and a user is initially given 1,000 virtual Lego bricks to use. As you complete different Build challenges, you unlock more bricks to use further. The bricks are available in ten different colors and types with two extra types, a door and a window. You can make a selection from the left panel and then drop them on the right hand side. To place a brick, left-click on the plot and to move it, right-click on it. To align your bricks in the direction you want, use the rotate button in the left panel. By holding down the space bar while moving the mouse you can rotate your plot to view it better while working on a particular area. After your done working on it, you can publish your creation by clicking the green Publish button present in the upper-right corner of the screen.

 Lego

Sharing and Access

The models or creations can be shared and you can view models created by others through Google+. All models shared on Google+ are public and can be viewed by any Google+ user. Since the models are public, the creators’ Google+ names are also public. One can even view the geographical address of the model placed on the map. You can even share your model through email. However, for your model to be seen on the map, it needs to be approved first by Lego.

Any browser enabled with WebGL can access Build With Google Chrome. This includes Safari, Firefox and all types of mobile browsers. Once you select you choice of browser, WebGL’s site will inform you if the selected browser supports it.

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Google Project: Google Sky

Google Project: Google Sky

Google Sky

Google Sky is a feature launched by Google which is just like Google Earth, where one can view outer space or the outline of the sky. The user can view collaborated satellite images taken by NASA satellites and the Hubble Telescope. Like Google Earth, this is an augmented reality application and is now available on Android too.

How Does Google Sky Work?

With this application, the user can have a look at the vast outer space from anywhere on Earth. While in Google Earth, one can switch to Sky Mode with the help of just one click of the mouse. An accurate look of the outer space has been put together by NASA where users can zoom in and fly around just like in Google Earth.

Broadening Your Vision of Space

From your Desktop, you can access Google Sky by clicking on the planet button placed on the top in the Google Earth application window in the desktop version of it. Google Mars and Google Moon can also be viewed through this. Constellations and other heavenly bodies can be searched just by typing in the key words in the search box, similar to how one can find addresses in Google Maps or Earth.

Just like Earth, Google Sky also works in layers. You can find and highlight constellations, galaxies, nebulae, stars, etc. and get various information on them such as their location or history. You may even get information from links to NASA’s database. The Backyard Astronomy layer in Google Sky gives references of three astrological catalogs that contain in-depth and vast detail on more famous and familiar space objects. The Hubble Showcase is another layer that makes available images taken from the Hubble Space telescope accompanied with detailed information about the objects captured in those images.

 Google Sky

The Moon in Motion and Planets in Motion layers are very fascinating features that allow you see the motion paths of the moon and the planets across the sky from a particular location on Earth.To provide accurate information on the same, pictures were taken by NASA once every hour for the span of three months. After entering details such as the span of time, with just a click you can see the moon or the planets move. On clicking on the moon itself, you can get its exact information of its location, its phase or its brightness in the sky at a given date and time. On clicking on the planets, you can get details about their size or distance from Earth.

Also available on Google Sky are two tours of outer space that are very interesting. The User’s Guide to the Galaxy gives a tour of a number of galaxies that are well known. Another tour known as the Life of a Star gives a run through of a lifespan of a typical star, right from its birth to death. Factual details are also available on what happens to each star and what is its significance in the cosmic universe.

This user-friendly application enables one to take a peek into the fascinating outer space while sitting in the comforts of your home. Thanks to Google Sky, with a simple click you can now make a virtual travel to any part of the vast universe, even to a galaxy far far away.

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Google Ingress Offers New Creative Outlets

Google Ingress Offers New Creative Outlets

What is Ingress?

Ingress is a mobile game based on location and has an augmented-reality interface developed by a company called Niantic which is a spin-off company from Google. It is story-driven in which one has to get out of the house to play this game as it takes place in the real world. For this, GPS is required to move around in the real world, that is, to move about in your area or community.

There are different “portals” or places where the gaming activity is focused and these are the points where various people come together. Usually these portals are placed at the nearby museum, sculpture, historic landmark, park, public park and other interesting places.

On arrival at this portal, they have to be explored for equipment, link them or capture them for your own team or free them from the opponent team. All these activities help the player earn points and achievements which are required to level up and access better equipment in the game.

Google Ingress

Ingress is not a newly introduced game and has been around for quite some time. Initially players needed an invite to play the game but in the past year, it has been made available for all, expanding its availability from exclusively Android users to Android and iPhone and since then has gained many more users.

Discovering New Places in Ingress

Ingress encourages the user to get out in their community and explore not only the places around but also new places. The user has to physically present at a portal which is located in the real world, following the real time direction given in the game using GPS. It’s more like following the directions given in Google maps to reach your destination, the difference being this is a game linking the virtual world with the realistic surroundings. One is compelled to go out and about exploring new places while playing the game, resulting in the player to visit a museum, trying out a new restaurant or simply going for a walk in a beautiful park that was there nearby all along.

Making New Friends & Acquaintances

Ingress not only helps you explore places while playing the game but also gets you acquainted with other players. While looking for portals, one ends up meeting other such players at a particular place. Players help each other in crossing difficult levels and also provide tips on how to level up faster. Teams are also formed and they collectively explore places, strategize and overcome obstacles. The community of players is fairly large with each Ingress player playing the game at their own pace, some play it aggressively while some play it casually as and when they find the time.

There are also live events, which allow hundreds of players to take part on a local and even global scale. It’s a great platform to meet players from all walks of life and visit new and fun places. But at the same time, one must maintain caution, keeping in mind that at the end of the day, this just a game and a certain level of separation from the virtual world should be kept.

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Ted 2017: Elon Musk Vision for Underground Road System

Ted 2017: Elon Musk Vision for Underground Road System

Elon Musk has a vision to streamline the traffic with underground road system

We live in a fast paced world where every minutes counts and every moment is precious but navigating through the traffic can turn our world upside down.  Elon Musk has come up with a noble solution with his vision for a tunnel network spanning the length and breadth of United Sates. At first it will be seen at its full potential under the Los Angeles. This revelation for a giant underground road system was made by Elon Must at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Conference.  Quite interestingly this new way of transportation system will help in bringing fully autonomous journey across the country by year end.

It’s time to get rid of traffic congestion

Elon Musk is charismatic founder of Tesla and Space X and both these firms have made serious technological evolution in their respective field which was never heard off. Quite recently Space X has been able to develop a rocket which can be reused with perfection and accuracy. He emphasised that the need of having a tunnel system has become a necessity in our today’s society because being stuck in the traffic amounts to a soul destroying experience.  He also showcased a concept video for the underground road system which gave the world a glimpse how a multi-layered system might work in future.

 Underground Road System

The challenges to overcome in Underground Road System

The best thing about the underground road system is that there happens to be no limits on the amounts of tunnel which can be added to it. However the major challenge which this vision has to overcome is related to cutting down the boring costs and speeding up the tunnel creation. Elon Musk gave the example of his pet snail named Gary.

He stated that Gary possess the ability to move as much as fourteen times faster than the current tunnel boring machine. Quite literary he is emphasising on the fact that even with modern equipment the tunnel boring is way slower than the snail pace.  So a lot of effort will be given towards speeding up the whole process, the faster we are able to tunnel through the lower will be costs associated to it.

Musk is determined to fructify his vision of Underground Road System

Musk has already set up a firm to work on this project and it has been tentatively named The Boring Company. Being a visionary Musk has kept himself lightly associated with this firm and it will be managed mostly for the part-timers and interns with zeal of revamping the current transportation system. Musk further elaborated that the underground road system will allow commuters to move at a breath-taking pace from the parking lot in California to across the country in New York and other far stretched locales. The transportation will be completely autonomous thereby it will allow commuters to travel a faster pace than the conventional models. Musk also talked about the semi-autonomous electric truck made by Tesla and it is expected to be unveiled in September this year.

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New Gadgets Worth Investing in

New Gadgets Worth Investing in

There are various gadgets in the market that are worth the investment. The urge to save money often keeps people away from making investments. The fact that technology devices are leading in the CMC markets, means that they are becoming a necessity. There are devices that one can invest in and end up saving a lot of money in the long run. These gadgets may be costly when purchasing them, but in the end, it will have been worth every penny. Such devices will enhance the quality of life, make it easier and fun to carry out day to day activities. Here are some ideas for new gadgets that are worth the effort.

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Smartphone powered thermostat

A Smartphone powered thermostat makes the process of controlling heat and cooling your room much easier, fancier and cost efficient. This gadget allows one to use the Smartphone to make changes to the thermostat. One can decrease or increase the room temperature comfortably without having to move an inch. A unique feature of this gadget is that after studying one’s trends such as the common temperature setting and when turned on or off among others, it can then make the appropriate adjustments by itself. By doing so will enable you to save a lot when using a thermostat. It will also improve energy efficiency, and thus it’s worth the investment.

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Noria smart air conditioner

This gadget has changed the face of comfort when it comes to conditioning. Its remote connectivity allows you to control the air conditioner from any point of the house. The experience of window air conditioning does not get better than this. The Noria smart air conditioner has been beautifully designed to give your home a stylish look in addition to the comfort it provides. It enables one to maintain the view from the window while still letting fresh air into the house. The gadget design facilitates easy installation.

Gadget 4

Clean router

Over the recent years, the internet has become part of our daily life. As such, it is overwhelming, especially for parents to control the content available on the net. With the clean router device, parents now have the ability to block or filter web content. It is a wireless router connected to the devices in the house. This gadget offers an easy way to administer parental control as it automatically blocks the content that the user chooses such as pornography among others. Another advantage of using the clean router is that its features do not slow down the internet.

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Torch coat heater

More and more gadgets are being developed to ensure comfort. Torch heater ensures that you stay warm without having to put on more clothes. This device allows you to increase the temperature of your coat by just clicking on a button. The torch is designed to discretely and perfectly fit inside the jacket. The tool is powered by a battery and has around four heat settings to provide options to the user. On a single charge, the torch is capable of providing heat for up to 5 hours. This torch is a gadget worth investing in especially during the cold seasons.

New Gadget 5

Belkin travel rockstar power bank

Belkin travel Rockstar is must have gadget for individuals who heavily depend on their mobile devices. It is important that even when travelling that their devices remain powered throughout. Belkin travel rockstar power bank is a portable multipurpose charger that will come in handy especially during long distance travels. This gadget helps to keep your Smartphone devices or tablets charged all the time. It is powered by just plugging it into a standard outlet. The led status indicator lights of the power bank allow the user to know the amount of charge available and thus one can plan ahead.

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Fidget Toy hand spinners.

In addition to the stress balls and desk toys, there are some new exciting toys on the market. Fidget Toy hand spinner is a perfect gadget for someone looking to reduce anxiety and stress levels. This toy is easy to carry and also safe to use. Its design, round corners, and the smooth surface ensure that your fingers do not get a scratch. It is considered a useful tool for increasing focus as well as facilitating deep thought. These gadgets are also suitable for decorative purposes.

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