Future Google Projects!!!
A Short Story About Google
Most of us use Google in our day to day life frequently as a search engine but Google is not just a search engine ,It is an american multinational corporation specializing in internet related services and products.These include online advertising technologies,searches and software development.Google makes most of its profits by advertising online.
Google is currently working on some of the projects like:
- Project Ara
- Project Loon
- Driverless Cars
- Google Glasses
A Modular Smartphone
The main objective behind this project is to design a highly modular smartphone , primarily to reduce electronic wastes . This idea came in to picture when a Dutch designer named Dave Hakkens from an independent organisation called "phone bloks" uploaded a video on youtube.This video went viral on internet because of its modularity and support it has garnered and finally it caught the eye of a multinational company Google.
This modular smartphone contains a mother-board that holds the smartphone modules of owner's choice,such as a display,keyboard,processor,a good camera e.t.c .Whenever a particular module is malfunctioning user can easily swap it with a new one providing longer lifetime cycles for the handset, and potentially reducing electronic waste.
At the intial stages of the project Motorola was working along with Google in development of a modular smartphone but after the Google-Lenovo deal ,Google solely started working towards Project Ara.
We might see a first Project Ara phone in january 2015 and is expected to cost around $50 which is quiet economical .
checkout Google-Lenovo deal here:
- Google sells Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion | The Verge
Google is selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo, giving the Chinese smartphone manufacturer a major presence in the US market. Lenovo will buy Motorola for $2.91 billion in a mixture of cash and...
How Phonebloks Work....?
A Ballon Envelope
The main objective of this project is to provide internet access to rural, remote areas of the world and to improve communication during natural disasters.This task is accomplished by sending high altitude balloons in to the stratosphere above 20 miles from the surface of the earth .Users of this service connect to the balloons using a special internet antenna attached to their buildings.These antennas communicate with the nearest balloon and the balloon inturn communicates with other balloons and connects user to the ground-based local internet service provider.
These high altitude balloons are made up of polyethylene plastic about 0.0076mm thick ,so that they can withstand the temperature,pressure and wind speeds at that altitude.These balloons fly around the world on the prevailing winds mostly in the direction parallel to the latitudes i.e, from east to west.The solar panels which are about the size of a carrom-board are attached at the bottom of those gallons.These panels can generate sufficient electricity required for a transmitter to work whole day within 4 hours.
It is estimated that a balloon can circle the whole globe within 24 hours.
Key people involved in the project include Rich DeVaul,chief technical architect ,and Cyrus Behroozi, a networking and telecommunication lead.
This project is still under research it needs to be developed to put it in to use.Google is investing around $1 billion towards Project Loon.
How it works....?
A Driverless Car
Google Driverless Cars
This Google Self-Driving car project was aimed at developing an autonomous(self governing)car in-order to reduce the number of road accidents considerably. The software involved with driverless car is called Google Chauffeur.The project is currently being led by Google Engineer Sebastian Thrun .
Google's driverless cars have about $150,000 in equipment including a $70,000 liar (light radar) system. The range finder mounted on the top is a Velodyne 64-beam laser. This laser allows the vehicle to generate a detailed 3D map of its environment. The car then takes these generated maps and combines them with high-resolution maps of the world, producing different types of data models that allow it to drive itself.
- Four U.S. states have passed laws permitting autonomous cars as of December 2013: Nevada, Florida, California, and Michigan.
- Google has unveiled a computerised self-driving car recently , which has no steering wheel, brake or accelerator, just buttons to start, pull-over, stop and a computer screen to show the route. It navigates by GPS and Google Maps.
- Google plans to have prototypes ready to test in California later this summer and says the goal is for the car to “shoulder the entire burden of driving”.
- Google is facing some economical and social feasibility challenges to introduce driverless cars in to market.Google is working to fix them right.
Hope,we could see driverless cars on roads in near future.
A First Drive...
The objective of the project is to develop a wearable computer with the help of augmented display and virtual reality.Google glass displays information with the help of a OHMD(optical-head mounted display).Users can communicate with the internet using voice commands .
Google glass supports third party applications such as Google Now,Google +,Google Maps and Gmail .Users can directly share their information to social networking sites like Facebook and twitter. Many developers and companies are working on Google Glass platform to build different applications.
Google Glass is made available for developers since February 2013.Official launch of this Google Glasses is expected to be on June 23rd 2014.
A Google Glass costs you around $1500.