What the Internet is good for: Google has digitized every issue of Spy magazine.
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It’s even better than you think. This week the Google Art Project debuted, giving anyone an inexhaustible, close-up view of the world’s top art museum collections. You can explore the galleries with a street-view like perspective and then zoom into each work of art, which are photographed at an average 7 billion pixels per image. Currently there are 17 museum collection available including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, the Frick Collection, National Gallery in London, Tate Britain, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Rijksmuseum, Palace of Versailles, and the Hermitage. Read more about the project here. And see a behind the scenes video of how it was done.
Google has just rolled out a preview of Fast Flip, a new visual way to browse the news. Once you sign in with your Google login, you can flip between readable cached images of news articles without having to wait for them to load. The experience is close to flipping pages in a magazine and over time the site will learn the sites you like. The fast flipping between stories also plays well with iPhones. One significant aspect is the partnership with the three dozen or so news sites and blogs that are partners in the site– the publishers will get a share of the revenue from ads shown near their content. Maybe this is the Hulu for newspapers. Read more and see video of the product introduction.
A new kind of search engine is coming to the web. In May, scientist Stephen Wolfram will launch Wolfram Alpha, a search engine that promises to actually answer your questions. For example, when you ask Google a question, the search engine answers with links that give you answers to your question. But when you pose a question to Wolfram, it will actually compute the answer. One simple input field that gives access to a huge system, with trillions of pieces of curated data and millions of lines of algorithms.
The latest release of Google Earth is out and version 5.0 has added some amazing 3D views of the ocean. Along with views of the terrain features below the sea, you can also see wave action (if your video card is new enough) and links and features from National Geographic, Cousteau Society, BBC, NOAA, and locations of shipwrecks and GPS tracks of sea life. GE5 now shows you historical views of locations, all the better to watch a suburb sprawl in a 50-year time lapse. Full exploration of planet Mars has also been added– and the flight simulator (Ctrl + Alt + A to start it) even works on the Red Planet. If you need to dig down more into the specifics of the 3D bathymetry or read more about the new release check out the (unofficial) Google Earth Blog or the (official) Google Lat Long Blog.
Pittsburgh artists Benjamin Kinsley and Robin Hewlet and the Mattress Factory museum teamed up with Google to create an interactive art piece using Google Streetview. They created scenes along Sampsonia Way in Pittsburg that could have taken place, but probably could never have all happened at the same time. A ten-foot plucked chicken sits behind a chainlink fence, two men have a medieval sword fight, a faux marathon runs by, firefighters save a cat in a tree, a garage band plays in a garage, and a high school marching band parades by in just a few blocks of Sampsonia Way at the same time. Read more or watch video of how they pulled it off.
German digital media artist Markus Kison has come up with a VanityRing that displays the number of Google hits your name returns. Each night you can place it in a docking station to refresh your hits.
And then Google took over the road too. Working with PG&E, Google has launched an initiative to add extra batteries to store energy from the power grid and get double the mpg.
Google added a great feature to Google Maps today. It lets you see street level images in a few cities. So far it only looks like it works in San Francisco, NYC, Miami, Las Vegas and Denver. Let this nerd explain it. Or check it out yerself. A9.com had something like this a few years ago, but without Google’s muscle, it flopped I guess.