(Pocket-lint) – Johan Karlgren is an incredible street artist with an eye for creating new views of the world with awesome pieces of pixel art.
This brilliant Swedish artist is essentially using the world as his canvas. Decorating the streets, coastlines and landscapes with handcrafted wonders.
He uses a mix of beads and ingenious imagination to craft incredible little pixel style visions of some of our favourite cartoon, gaming and TV characters from over the last few decades.
We’ve collated a gallery of our faves for you to enjoy, but be sure to check out his Instagram account and follow him for more.
Everywhere’s a golf course
The great thing about this tiny little pixel creations is a simple change of perspective and the smallest area of the world can seem enormous. This shot is a perfect example of that as a small strip of grass is turned into a personal golf course.
Just when you thought things couldn’t possibly get any worse, along comes a bunch of zombies. Though to be fair, at least you could just squash these chaps under foot.
Sonic catching some waves
Even Sonic the Hedgehog needs some downtime. Of course, our nifty little blue friend never slows down though. This shot shows him catching some waves in the middle of the urban jungle.
Luigi in danger
Luigi looks fairly cheerful considering he’s plummeting off the side of the road into the waters below. Totalled automobile will be the least of his problems.
Guybrush Threepwood fishing
Guybrush Threepwood is not above a good adventure. The star of the classic Monkey Island series of video games (that originally started in the 1990s) is seen here engaging in a casual spot of fishing. Why not? Adventuring is pretty exhausting and everyone needs a break now and then.
What awesome pixelated display of classic video game characters would be complete without Mario?
Johan Karlgren, aka Pappas Pärlor, went even further with this one though, by using Mario to recreate the iconic cover of Nirvana’s 1991 album Nevermind. The old plumber taking the place of the naked baby and the dollar bill being swapped for a mushroom.
Some of this art almost creates itself. A blue overflow drain by the side of the road, quickly and easily transformed into the cookie monster with the addition of some wild eyes, a cookie and a single munching arm.
Alas, the most famous feline to ever grace the web, Tardar Sauce (aka Grumpy Cat) passed away in May 2019. This pixel art recreation of her may well be a fitting tribute to the much loved pussy.
Mario Kart in real life
We all enjoy a spot of Mario Kart. Imagine if you could race on real beaches and turn the entire world into your race track. How much fun could you have? These chaps are certainly having a blast.
Simpson’s bartender Mo is rarely the happiest of chappies, but being without his tavern and forced to sell his wares on the street, he looks even more put out. We love the reimaging of Duff beer in pixel form though, bound to quench the thirst.
It’s great to see the classic Simpson’s meme recreated in wonderful pixel art – Homer Simpson backing carefully through a hedge to avoid the neighbours.
Hulk smash! Even a tiny, tiny version of the green-skinned Marvel superhero packs a serious punch. We always enjoy seeing artists using potholes to create artwork. There are plenty of different ways these individuals create something cool out of an urban menace. This one might be one of our favourites.
Arcade-style racing game OutRun came out back in the hazy days of 1986, but it’s still an iconic legend and sports visual that are instantly recognisable. Pappas Pärlor used his skills to create an awesome homage to the gaming classic with a video that makes it look like he’s racing against the Ferrari in real life.
Mentor and trainer of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sensei Splinter looks pretty impressive in this close up snap of him above ground guarding the entrance to his lair. It does look like he’s casually dropped a cigarette butt though, we don’t approve of smoking or littering.
It seems like everyone is selfie obsessed these days. This spot of artwork does make us wonder what it might look like if Robocop was real and had his own Instagram account though.
A different kind of ring
It seems that Sonic’s compulsive need to collect golden rings isn’t limited to virtual ones he can catch as he runs through a gaming level. Crisps and ring-shaped cereal is also fair game.
Mortal Kombat fighting legends Subzero and Skorpion have taken to numerous locations on the mean streets to battle it out and see who will be the victor. Who will be the first to pull off their finishing move?
Never eat yellow snow
No Yoshi! Bad dinosaur! Don’t eat yellow snow! Everyone knows you shouldn’t eat yellow snow.
Ninja turtles surveying their surroundings
While Sensei Splinter might be standing guard on the harsh streets, the Ninja Turtles are busy looking for the nearest place to grab a slice of pizza. Guessing by the looks on their faces, we’re not sure they’ve found the right spot.
Vader’s day a the beach
Photos from Darth Vader’s holiday snaps show that even one of the greatest screen villains of our time enjoys a little time by the shore. We’d love to know why he felt the need to take his lightsabre with him though.
Another pothole, another classic piece of artwork. This small section of the urban landscape has been transformed into a much more dangerous place to be. Jaws strikes again, only this time from the ankle-nipping shallows.
Spiderman just hanging out
Spiderman, Spiderman, does whatever a spider can. Does he hang from some stairs? Yes does because he’s Spiderman. A little light and a brilliant location shows off a wonderful vision of Spiderman like we’ve never seen before.
Genie in a bottle
A bottle of beer might not be your classic haunt for a genie, but it is an interesting one. This vision of Aladdin’s Genie brings back wonderful memories of the humour and acting talent of Robin Williams.
Who ya’ gonna call?
Slimer is on the loose and the Ghostbusters gang have rocked up to sort him out and clearance the ghostly menace from the streets before he brings any harm to the local motorists.
We love the attention to detail Pappas Pärlor puts into his work. Little touches including the colours of the ghost traps and even Egon Spengler’s spectacles make an appearance.
Duck hunt dog
That pesky dog! Cheeky rascal that he was. Popping up to tease us when we were busy blasting ducks in Nintendo classic Duck Hunt. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing him reimagined for VR in Duck Season and we equally love seeing him recreated in pixel art too.
Writing by Adrian Willings.
Google plans to launch its Google Pixel 4 Smartphone at a press event next week. The new smartphone is expected to come with two variants; a standard and an XL variant.
The unveiling event is expected to take place next Tuesday, October 15 at 10 AM ET. Google also plans to reveal a slew of new gadgets at this press event including a new Chromebook. However, it is said that the Google Pixel 4 announcement is likely the biggest.
A few details have been leaked leading up to the launch of Pixel 4. None of these details has been confirmed but we will be able to do so this Tuesday.
Here are some of the details we can expect with the upcoming Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL:
Google Pixel 4 will feature advanced motion-sensing technology, which is powered by Google’s Radar Technology. This new feature will allow the user to simply answer the phone by waving their hand or even skip to the next song.
The display will have a 90Hz refresh rate, which allows scrolling and screen animations to feel smoother, according to Google 9to5.
Google has dropped the fingerprint sensor like the Google Pixel 3.
There will be a cutout square on the back of the phone for the camera sensors, similar to the iPhone 11 Pro. In the cutout, there will be a dual-lens camera which was revealed by a photo posted by Google.
We will have a full specifications sheet once the device is launched on Tuesday.
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Google has officially announced its new flagship smartphones, the Google Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL. The phones were unveiled after months of rumors and numerous speculations. It’s pretty safe to say the Google Pixel 4 is one of the most leaked-about phones of 2019.
Previous models always debut a new feature and always comes with the latest version of the Android operating system. Google Pixel 4 and its larger sibling come+ with dual-rear cameras, radar-powered face unlock and new unique features such as a car crash detection feature.
At the press event in New York on Tuesday, October 15, Google unveiled a slew of new products. In addition to the Pixel duo, they also launched the Pixel Buds 2 wireless earbuds, Pixelbook Go Chromebook, the Google Nest Mini smart speaker, and the Nest WiFi smart router.
Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL Availability
Google is already accepting pre-orders for Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. The Pixel 4 will start at $799 for a 64GB version and $899 for the larger Pixel 4 XL.
Both the small and larger versions will come in the colors of black, white or orange, which google refers to as “Oh So Orange.” US customers will have the ability to upgrade either of the phones to 128GB for only $100 more.
Google Pixel 4 does feature a new design when compared to previous models. Both variants have a square bump on the back that host the dual camera lens, and an aluminum band on the sides.
The small variant comes equipped with a 5.7-inch OLED FHD display with a 444-pixel density while the larger variant comes with a 6.3-inch OLED QHD display with 537-pixel density. Both displays come sans knotch and have the ability to maintain a constant refresh rate of 90Hz.
Built for everyday use, the Pixel 4 and its XL sibling are protected by Gorilla Glass 5 on both front and back. They are also rated IP68 for dust and water resistance.
There are features that accompany both displays as well. There’s a feature called Ambient EQ that adapts the device’s screen color temperature to make the colors look more natural in different lighting conditions.
To get the ordinary specifications out the way, it’s powered by a Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB of RAM and comes in the storage options of 64GB or 128GB. Both variants will run on Android 10 with all the bells and whistles of the new operating system. Don’t expect a fingerprint scanner nor any headphone jacks on any of the phones.
Motion Sense Radar Face unlock
Perhaps one of the most advanced features is the Pixel’s new radar face unlock function. According to Google, the face unlock on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL is secure enough to be used for payments with Google Pay.
Both phones use a mix of sensors, infrared and a tiny radar to verify and unlock with a quick scan of the face. Motion Sense can be used in other instances as well. It will detect hand gestures to skip to the next track, reject and answer calls.
Well with advanced face unlock function such as the Motion Sense, there’s no need for a fingerprint scanner.
Google Pixel 4 Dual-Rear Camera
While other flagships aimed for a triple camera setup, Google decided to stick with a dual-camera setup. Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are the first Pixel phones not have a single rear camera.
The dual-camera setup includes a main 12-megapixel lens with the same f/1.7 wide-angle lens found on the Pixel 3. The secondary is a telephoto lens with a 16-megapixel sensor and 2x optical zoom.
When compared to the Apple iPhone 11 Pro and Samsung Note 10+ with three lenses, Google Pixel 4 is lacking a second wide-angle. This could simply mean that Google has prioritized zooming over wide-angle shots.
Google Pixel 4 camera setup also brings advanced camera functions as well. It features Night Sight, a feature that allows the user to capture brighter images in low light conditions. Google claims you can now even take photos of stars.
On the front is a single 8-megapixel camera with a wider field of view. A uber cool feature is its live real-time audio transcription that adds captions to your videos as you record.
The Pixel 4 Safety App
Of all the features mentioned, the Safety app intrigues us. One of the features of the Pixel 4 safety app is the ability to detect car crashes.
The safety app will automatically detect crashes and call 911. It will only dial the emergency number if it is a serious crash, fender benders should trigger the function.