Google Glass, commonly referred to simply as "Glass", is a hands free tiny computer that rests on your face such as glasses do. This ground breaking and innovative technology was developed with the idea to make exploring and sharing the world around you faster and easier. With a simple spoken command, Glass will take a video, snap a photo, and perform any Google search function; just to name a few of its capabilities.
Here is a quick rundown on how some of the main functions of Google Glass:
-Gmail & Calendar
-Phone calls & Messaging
-Photos & Videos
-Glassware - services that are built for Glass, such as Twitter, Facebook, and The New York Times
Google Glass is still in its early stages of production, although you may spot the product among the 10,000 proud owners of the Glass prototype. In addition to the 2,000 developers, Google sought out 8,000 Glass Explorers through a campaign titled #ifihadglass, in hopes of getting the consumers involved with the product and using their feedback to continue evolving and improving the software.
Can’t envision how Glass actually works? Neither could we. Watch this intriguing video to find out more about Google Glass through the eyes of a Glass owner.
Project Loon by Google has an answer to the question "how do we bring affordable internet to everyone in the world?"- Through the use of balloons.
"Project Loon is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters"
So how does Loon work exactly? Project Loon balloons travel about 20km above Earth, where different layers and directions of winds in the stratosphere generate the movement of the balloons. Project Loon uses software algorithms to determine where the balloons need to go and then move the balloons into the correct wind tunnel to get them blowing in the right direction.
Each balloon can then provide internet connection to an area as large as 40km in diameter, at speeds comparable to 3G. People can connect to the balloon network using a special internet antenna attached to buildings and homes.
In June 2013, the first experimental flight of 30 balloons was launched from New Zealand, where Project Loon pioneers will test the technology.
Want to keep up with the new Google powered project? Follow the Project Loon Google+ page to stay informed about Project Loon’s progress.