Lego’s Tech team built this is a 1:1-scale Bugatti Chiron using mostly standard pieces (excepting a few special pieces to replicate functions from the actual car)
Lego Bugatti Chiron by the numbers:
- 13,000 work hours
- Over one million pieces
- 339 different types of Lego pieces, traditionally snapped together (no glue)
- 1 really cool pneumatically powered variable spoiler
- 2,304 Lego Power Functions L-Motors (the same ones that power the Lego toys)
- Top speed of 18 mph
And details? The replica features the same startup lighting sequence as the original car.
Why? To show that they can.
For the science behind the feat watch this brief clip.
The future of printed press?
While vacationing in Zürich, I had the privilege to visit its Landesmuseum, the Swiss National Museum).
Of the great many exhibits here, one that most impressed me was this interactive journal; a digital journal, projected onto plain paper, that changes and reacts as you scroll through it.
Reading can be a tactile and even olfactory pleasure. For any one who’s sat curled up in an armchair, or tucked away between the aisles of bookstore, book in lap..scent of aged paper wafting in their nostrils… fingers gliding across a page, their anticipation builds as one nears the bottom of the page, readying for that page turn.
The format of book appeals to us bibliophiles who appreciate the weight of a printed page. It equally appeals to we tech-savvy research moles, who prefer to navigate across the web, in order to pull together a larger narrative.
iOS users, now you can swap that boring blue Nav arrow for a flashy red sport car or a sensible pickup truck.
What? no Go Karts?
To Select Your Vehicle in Google Maps
- Launch Google Maps, and start navigation.
- Tap the Nav arrow. The Choose Vehicle pane will appear.
- Select preferred vehicle and enjoy that new car smell!
It’s that time again!
April 1st usually marks the day when the Internet collectively let’s it’s hair down and has some fun by creating prank sites and products, to honor April Fool’s Day.
Google, wich has a reputation for not letting this day pass quietly (e.g Express Parachute Delivery), has brought the eponymous, lost hero of “Where’s Waldo” to Google Maps.
To Find Waldo in Google Maps:
- Launch Maps, you’ll see Waldo waving at you.
- Tap Waldo then tap Play.
Enjoy, be on the lookout for too
good funny to be true offering from the likes of AirBNB, Amazon, and Subway.
Google Lens, is making its presence known, as a stand-alone app, and as an upgraded feature of Photos (for select Android phones*). With Lens’ OCR (object-character-recognition) capabilities, you can easily:
*16-Mar update: Google Lens now also avail on iOS on devices.
- Create a Contact from a printed business card
- Initiate a a web-search the Web using an image
- Translate the menu at a restaurant
To Activate Lens
- Take a picture and view it using Photos
- Tap the Lens icon .
Comments and questions are always welcome!
Google is having a little fun with the date March 10 (a cheeky way to spell Mario) by adding this colorful character to Google Maps. Android and iOS users with the updated app can request directions and have the plucky plumber/racer show them how to get there.
To Activate Mario Time
- Launch Google Maps
- Click GO, and enter starting point and destination
- Click question mark, , then click LET’S-A GO!
Optionally, you can share Mario’s trip to @GoogleMaps on Twitter and/or tag it #MarioMaps in Instagram (but be careful of posting personal location info).