Boston Dynamics #1: Bigdog

If you like robots and or even if you read the news almost everyday, you have probably heard of Boston Dynamics.

Boston Dynamics is an engineering and robotics design company. It is located in Waltham, in the Massachusetts in the USA. They are most famous for the making of Bigdog, a quadruped robot designed for the U.S. military. Bigdog is a robot that looks like a dog. It was supposed to serve as a robotic pack mule to accompany soldiers in terrains where vehicles could not go, but he was not able to serve for these purposes as he was judged too loud and the project was shelved. It was designed to carry 150 kg (340 pounds) alongside a soldier at a speed of 6.4 km/h (4 mp/h) on terrains at inclines up to 35 degrees. BigdogThis is a picture of Bigdog walking in the snow. Source: http://www.itespresso.de/2013/12/16/google-kauft-roboterhersteller-boston-dynamics/

Bigdog is even more incredible as it does not fall even if you kick him with your feet or if he glides on ice. Here is the proof with a link to the video. The moment at which someone kicks the robot is around 30 seconds and the moment where he slips is  around 1m20s.

In the video you can also see Bigdog jumping over an obstacle (around 3 min) so that means he can also jump over a hole or another obstacle if needed but for that he needs to be running and he makes even more noise.

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Battlebots

Robots are becoming more and more performant everyday. Maybe you love them and think they are really useful to help/replace us for some tasks. But maybe you think they are dangerous and you are scared of them. Anyways, the scenes we see in the movie Big Hero 6 do exist in real life.

The competition is called Battlebots and is a tournament where robots are fighting against each other. To win, you must either destroy the enemy robots or turn it around so that it cannot be used anymore. You can also win by judges decision if time is up, but that rarely happens because you can also push the enemy robot into one of the traps that are built on the ring.

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Image from: gettyimages.com.au

If you want to check out some of the amazing fights from the Battlebots I invite you to click here . 

And if you want to check out their website, here is the link. You can subscribe or get more info about the competition on the website.

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What should you do when you just created your website?

Learn how to prove your are the owner of your website.

Hello everyone. Today I will teach you what you should do when you have just created your website. What I will show you is optional but truly helps for SEO and indexation on Google. This will only be of use for Google and for no other search engines.

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Firstly we will learn how to prove to Google that you are the owner of your website. To do this you need to create a Google account. When being logged in you can click on the small square on the right up hand corner where you can choose what application you want to use. You should then click on Search Console. When being on the page you just need to click on “Add a property” and enter your URL. Then, just follow the steps. They will give you lots of options. If you have access to your code, I recommend using the meta tag method. They will give you a code that you need to inject into your code between the <head> tags. Otherwise choose another option but you generally always have access to these <head> tags, even on platforms. I have checked and I am sure that at least Wix and WordPress give you this opportunity. After the code is added, Google will finally recognize you as the owner of the website!

This was a short article on a quite technical thing. I hope you understood everything and if you have any questions, leave a comment. I will answer you! If you found your way through this developer tool, like the post! 😉 I will write future posts on how to use the Google Search Console because it is a very complete tool but hard to master.

 

 

What Are Search Engine Spiders And How Do They Index Websites?

Hey guys! As promised, here is a post about search engine spiders and how they index your website. This is a very complex but important part of search engines. Without these spiders, search engines would not be able to work like you know them today.

Search engine spiders, also called robots or crawlers are used by search engines to index all the websites on the internet. They basically go through your website and check all the texts, images, hyperlinks, meta tags, etc… This allows the search engine to know what each website talks about and then display it wisely in the search results when you search for something. If you can not find what your are searching for, it is all their fault!

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They create a sort of profile for your website from all the collected information. There are some exceptional cases though… Have you ever seen an empty webpage displayed in the first page of search results? Well this is due to the fact that you can use the robot meta tag to block these spiders from indexing your entire website or just a part of your website. You just need to put what pages of your website you don’t want to be indexed in the content of your robot meta tag. This is why these spiders are useful for search engines but to a certain extent. The good news is that there are also people who are working on this. This is why it is very rare to find an empty website in the first results.

These search engine spiders check all the websites regularly to see if there has been any change so that they can update the website’s “profile” and its place in search results. Generally, the more you are active on a website the better it is graded in SEO. This is why blogs are very much recommended for SEO. If you feel like your website has not been indexed, you can send your website to a search engine to be checked. This will be the object of a future post.

Finally search engine robots can also be used to control websites. If the content is not okay or legal, your website can be taken off the web. This is a way of assuring the users that the content displayed is always checked.

I hope you learnt something in this post. Don’t hesitate to like the post and leave a comment if you have any questions!

What Are Meta Tags In Html?

Here is a quick overview of the power of meta tags and what they are.

Hello everyone! Today we will discuss about an abstract part of Html! It can be hard to understand at the beginning but you will quickly get the feel of it and discover the power of meta tags!

Meta tags are tags from the HTML language and go into the <head></head> tags. They are very interesting because they have nothing to do with what appears on your website. It is more about giving information about your website to search engines than anything else. You can do lots of different things with them and they are all optional!

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Meta tags are mainly used for SEO but you can also use them to give other types of information to search engines. Today we generally use meta tags to give a description about your website when your link appears on the search results and to give keywords about your website to search engines. Although it is mainly used for SEO, there are a lot of different meta tags and we will not go into detail about all of them in this post. I will only give you an overview of the most important ones. I might talk about more abstract tags in future posts.

Some of the most important meta tags:

  • <meta name=”description” content=”text“>  => This is the description that will appear under your link in the search results.
  • <meta name=”keywords” content=”words“>  => These are the keywords that represent your website. Separate them with a coma and do not put more than 10 (it could be sanctioned by search engines).
  • <title>text</title>  => This is the clickable text right above your link in search results.
  • <meta name=”language” content=”language“>  => This tag tells the search engines what language your website is in. You would replace the “language” in content by the language of your website.
  • <meta name=”web_author” content=”text“>  => This tag is used to tell the name of the company that created your website.
  • <meta name=”robots” content=”selection“>  => This tag tells search engines how many pages of your website you want their spiders to index. I will go into more detail about search engine spiders in a future post. Stay tuned!

These are some of the most used meta tags. There are other very relevant ones but more complicated. I just wanted to give you an overview but I will post future articles about these more abstract meta tags! Don’t hesitate to follow the blog if you learnt something in this post!

 

 

3D Food Printers

As time goes on, technology advances and, with them, 3D printers.

 

Probably everyone has already heard of 3D printers. But maybe not everyone knows about food 3D printers. These printers can actually print things like icing on a cake, pizzas, cupcakes, etc. Although they are now only available for industries or shows, they will soon be available to anyone. They work almost the exact same way than a normal 3D printer, but the materials are different. Just choose the material you want the printer to print with (icing, pizza dough…) and insert it in the container of the printer. Then design what you want the printer to print on a computer and transfer it to the printer. Now, just wait for the final result to come out. Amazing isn’t it?Foodini-food-3D-printer-Kickstarter-Cool-Mom-Picks

Foodini, an example of a 3D food printer in developpement. Visit the website at https://www.naturalmachines.com/.

Some of them, like foodini, will be available in less than one year to public. You insert the food in one of the capsules, you print your design, you cook the food if necessary and you enjoy! No more cooking where you have to wash all the plates, pans, etc. Additionally, you can do something else while the printer does the work for you. You can give your food any kind of design, from a dinosaur to a birthday cake. But that does not mean that you cannot cook anymore. Cooking is a hobby for a lot of people in the world and I think homemade food tastes better than printed food. But when you come back from work and you need to make dinner fast, the 3D food printer is a good solution.

So, are you for or against 3D food printers? Will you buy it when it comes out? Comment so we know! And feel free to like the post ;). It’s just one click for you but it helps us a lot.

How much does creating a website cost?

Hey everyone! I have come across this question a few times on forums already.
I will give you a quick overview of the answer so that you can make the best choices when it comes to creating your own website or contracting an agency for it.
There are two options:

  • Using a platform to create the website yourself with the risk of not being happy about the result
  • Contracting an agency to create your website and be sure that it will be a very professional website

If you are a bit techy and want to have  complete control on your website, I strongly advise you to take the first option. You can use platforms like Wix.com, WordPress, Squarespace, Google Sites… You will need some time to understand how everything works and you might have some difficulties at the beginning. But this should not discourage you! You can do it! If you need any information or help, you can always ask me!

However if you have no idea about how the web works and how a website works, it will be a lot more difficult… In this case, I would consider contracting an agency to create your website. NOW.
Let’s get to the crucial question!
How much will it cost me?

This depends on what you want and on the agency you contract. There is no fixed price, each agency is free to choose a price. This is why I would ask for estimations to different agencies and then choose. You need to know that a website will generally cost between 100 and 5 000 dollars. But this can vary.


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The more complex your website is, the more it will cost. The price will increase depending on if you want a blog, an e-commerce page, a pop-up, a social media integration….The more you add and the more you customize the more it costs. The price can also increase depending on whether you want a secure website, a mobile responsive website, if you want the content and the images to be created…. As you can see there are lots of factors that influence on the price.

Depending on the country, the price can also vary. For example, web agencies in India will generally cost a lot less than others as Indian prices are lower. You can also choose to ask for estimations on freelancing platforms. You will generally get the lower rates there.

I hope this post was useful! If you need any other information, feel free to ask and if you found this post useful, don’t forget to subscribe to the blog!