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#FridayFiver ?✋ – Fab Finds From Around the Web

Friday again!

How do you celebrate your weekends in lockdown? At the Maratopia virtual office, we like to share a quick tipple over Zoom to mark the end of the working week – beverages of choice include everything from chameleonic cocktails to cuppas with cookie chasers.

Maybe a quick browse through some of the best news stories from across the web will go well with your pre-weekend winddown ritual? 

Slake your digital thirst with this week’s Friday Fiver!

? Man Recreates Local Pub For Friends


If you’ve missed your local since lockdown started, you’re not alone. Tristian Cross has created an impressive VR replica of his favourite haunt, which took him two and a half weeks to create using tutorials from YouTube. The simulation even allows drinkers to lift a VR pint and ‘drink’ from it, although Tristan added, “the beer won’t go down… yet.”

Visit the digital drinking den here.

? AR App Sodar Helps With Social Distancing


This week Google have released the AR-based tool Sodar, which is amongst the latest in a series of digital distancing innovations. The tool uses the phone camera to project a 2 metre boundary ahead of the user to indicate their social distancing limits. 

Check it out here.

? SpaceX Astronauts Fly Via Touchscreen


Last Sunday, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley made history not only by being the first astronauts launched to space on a privately owned rocket, but also the first to pilot a spaceship using touchscreen controls. Witness the historic breakthrough in action here. 

Take a look here.

? One Zoom To Rule Them All…


Nearly two decades after the release of the last film in the original iconic trilogy, stars of The Lord of the Rings came together for a Zoom reunion. Amongst them were stars Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, Sir Ian McKellen and Liv Tyler, to name just a few. 

Simply walk into Mordor here.

? World’s Thinnest 5G Phone Launches


The Vivo X50 series of phones has launched in China this week, with the Vivo X50, X50 Pro and X50 Plus models. The impressive range includes a number of ground-breaking camera features, but it’s best known for being the world’s thinnest 5G enabled handset. It’s expected to hit international markets later this year.

View it here.

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