[DIGITALLY-INSPIRED] Spanning 745 feet between buildings of downtown Vancouver, this monumental interactive sculpture was built for TED's 30th anniversary. At night, the net made of a fiber 15 times stronger than steel comes to live as projectors illuminate the structure. Visitors are then able to interact with the sculpture to transform it into a massive crowd-controlled artwork.
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[DIGITALLY-INSPIRED] This new take on Google Maps transforms the mapping service in an experience completely different from what you are used to. Even if the website is based on the regular Google Maps, there is no directions or precise location, so orientation might be a bit tricky in this sea of colorful lines and shapes.
[WEIRD APP] Google Trends lists the most common enquiries made on the search engine. The service has been around for a long time but it just got a brand new presentation, a dynamic hot trends visualizer.
[CONCEPT] The Design Exquis exhibition in London uses the Exquisite Corpse as a method of creation for design pieces. Matthew Plummer-Fernandez 3D printed a modern Venus in response to the picture he was given.
[WTF] A lifetime summed up through Google's autocomplete. The suggestions of a simple search for "I'm [age] and" give us a glimpse of the most common concerns affecting the millions of people using Google everyday.
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[CONCEPT] Teehan+Lax were looking for a way to make the process simpler using Google Street View but they actually ended up with a tool capable of creating hyperlapse videos with the data from Google's mapping service.
[MUST-HAVE] Details about the highly-anticipated Google Glass were just released today. A new video gives us a better look at the functionalities and design of the device and will make you totally desperate for one.
[WEIRD APP] You are finally going to be able to find out what is behind each Instagram picture. A search on "The Beat" shows you images with the same tag as well as the Google Street View of the location the photograph was posted from.
Securing the top spot in a Google search is a huge traffic boost. A whole industry, called Search Engine Optimization or SEO, has sprouted to help website owners reach this goal. Every kind of SEO is about getting more links to your content, and making your code and content more palatable to search engines. But some SEO guys are willing to infringe Google’s terms of service to buy or build their own network of “backlinks”, artificially propelling websites up the search results. These people have been labelled the “black-hat” SEOs. I had a drink with one of them, and, with a certain amount of bluster, he gave me a crash course on his art.