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Friday Five: Google Glass shattering, fake typing and atom shifting

Chris Mayer

Another irreverent look back at the week that was. Also featuring, sumo wrestlers and the NFL draft

We’re back once again to guide you through a quintuplet of
stories that caught our attention this week. And without further
ado, here they are:

1. Google Glass Overdrive

The excitement behind Google Glass is beginning
to get slightly insufferable, as early test drivers raced to
publish their initial thoughts. The frontrunner of the bunch was
Rackspace’s Robert Scoble who published his two-week thoughts
, as well as thinking of as many situations
as possible for the eyewear. Such taking a shower.

Security concerns have reared their head this week too, with
jailbreaking rife. Google’s Tim Bray was quick to tweet the

We agree with Redmonk’s James Governor on Glass

2. The world’s smallest movie

A Boy and His Atom

Now for some precision. Researchers at IBM have produced a
jaw-dropping movie by manipulating single atoms on a copper
surface. The film, entitled ‘A Boy And His Atom’ may seem fairly
basic on the surface, but the amount of work put into the process
is staggering, as detailed in this behind-the-scenes

3. 68 sumo wrestlers in Google Street

Ah, the wonders of Google Street View. We’ve had
a seagull caught in mid-flight in Brighton and Flaming Lips

Wayne Coyne taking a bath,
but this might be
our favourite. Imagine being  the Google camera van driver as
he pulled up to Tokyo’s major sumo arena
Ryōgoku Kokugikan
only to see
68 sumo wrestlers,
in full attire no less,
guarding the venue. Good luck getting past them!

4. San Francisco 49ers draft SAP

One for sports fans now, but with a bit of a
twist. The San Francisco 49ers came up just short in this year’s
Superbowl losing to the Baltimore Ravens. To get the extra edge for
the NFL draft,
partnered up with SAP
to utilise a new scouting
application to get all the
latest stats
on prospective talent. With the sporting world finally embracing
data analytics post-Moneyball, expect many more NFL teams to follow
suit with this new approach to the draft.

5. How not to fake type

This man clearly hasn’t mastered the art of ‘looking busy’.


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