Imagining how the future may look like is much easier with these promising Google projects. From the very start, Google has placed great emphasis on innovation. And with the birth of the very first universal deep web search engine, Google has managed to prove once and for all that only our imagination is the limit.
Some of the projects proposed by Google were indeed promising for the start. The good news is some of them have materialized, like Google’s driverless car initiative, while other were doomed from the start.
Here are some of the most promising projects that Google is currently working on.
Top 5 Google Projects
The first item on the list of Google projects must be, without the shadow of a doubt, Project Tango. Some of you might be wondering what’s with Google and military names. Well, as it happens, Project Tango has various applications, some of them pointing out towards the military branch.
But the Project Tango is more than that. What is Project Tango, you’re asking? It’s Google initiative of developing smarter and more reliant navigational systems. Google started out from the fact if a human can find his way in a maze, why can’t a machine do the same thing?
Thus, Project Tango was born, a software that allows a mobile device, such a drone, to navigate through the physical world with the same fluency as a human being.
There’s a little more than that. Programming a drone with a flight path is easy, but actually telling it how to navigate never before seen path is challenging indeed. A couple of researchers from MIT said that the best way to do this is to create an algorithm that allows the flying object to analyze its field of view in search for potential obstacles.
Google’s Project Tango throws in a couple of other stuff, just to make things a little more interesting. With the help of motion sensors, computer vision, imaging procession and depth perception sensors, a mobile device running this software, can chart a path through the physical world, by learning its ups and downs.
If you want to give Project Tango a try, you can always head on over to Google’s official website, search for Google projects, select Tango and buy the developer’s kit.
Project Loon or The Internet for All was and still is one of Google’s most ambitious endeavors. According to an Internet usage survey performed by InternetLiveStats.com, approximately 40 percent of the world’s population is connected to the Internet.
Although the coverage rate has spiked from a meager one percent in 1998 to 40 percent in 2016, there are still many areas around the globe which do not have Internet access.
Google’s initiative, named Project Loon, was to supply people with free wireless Internet access using a hot air balloon that would be launched and hover into the stratosphere. The project mainly addresses people living in rural and remote areas where Internet access is limited or nonexistent.
Furthermore, according to the project’s disclaimer, another reason why Google began working on this project, is to reconnect with the Internet people living near or inside a disaster area.
Project Loon was successfully tested in New Zealand back in 2013, and Google is now thinking of taking this gig to a whole new level.
The mechanics of this project are pretty easy to understand: a balloon composed of polyethylene plastic sheets is launched in the stratosphere, approximately 20 kilometers from the ground. The air currents in the stratosphere are stratified, which means that the balloon will hover between various air sheets.
The loon is equipped with a series of computer high-tech algorithms which calculates the routes and can compensate for atmospheric variables.
Using the LTE technology, a single Loon balloon can cover an 80 kilometers area, and it was projected to stay up in the air for 100 days.
Virtual Reality and Augmented reality are two relatively new terms, used to describe a virtual alternate experience. Oculus Rift and Microsoft’s HoloLens are two excellent examples that illustrate the two concepts.
Similar to HoloLens, Google’s currently working on its very own augmented reality eyepiece. Dubbed Google Glass, this project was intended to place Google’s name on the augment reality Walk of Fame.
Unfortunately, due to a couple of setbacks, the projects was first abandoned and then resumed by the same Google X division.
Google Glass, apart from being an AR device, is designed to help people with disabilities. The first version of Glass had a thin lens over each eye while Glass 2 opted for removing these LCD lenses and replacing them with a single OLED lens.
Furthermore, the device sports other features such as audio feedback, obstacle detection, and motion sensors. For now, Google is keeping a closed lid on this project, but we are sure to hear more about it in the following years.
Google Books Library Project
Although Google Books Library Project isn’t entirely new, there’s always more room for innovation. The books project started from a simple premise: to help users find all the books they’re looking for.
Think searching for a book is that easy? Then try and search for one that is out of print or for a book whose name you don’t know or don’t recall.
Google Books Library Projects lets users browse through an immense collection of books, including some of the oldest known to humanity. The novel search engine, let’s user search books using biographical information, and can even seek out names by using snippets or even fragments from the book.
Probably everybody has been dreaming of building their own smartphones. With Project Ara, this dreams comes one step closer to reality. Project Ara advocated for modular smartphone components, which means that users will be able to build their phones from scratch. Without a doubt, Ara can be crowned as the King of Google projects.
Moreover, with components being modular, users can now choose the best parts for the job, and if one component breaks down, it can easily be replaced, without the need of changing whole subassemblies.
These are the most promising Google projects that everybody hopes to materialize. While some of them like Google Books are already in use, there are a couple of them that still needs a little tinkering before they can be implemented.