Tag: Google X

Google X To Bring Rural India Online Via FSOC Light Beams

Google's X plans to bring parts of rural India online via FSOC light beams, starting in 2018. The company already teamed up with a telecom operator in Andhra Pradesh and has big plans for the region.

Google December 17, 2017

Remember Google's Project Loon? Breakthrough Could Speed Up The Launch Of Alphabet's Internet-Providing Balloons

Project Loon, which looks to launch balloons into the stratosphere that will be able to provide internet connectivity to users on Earth, just made a major breakthrough. The technology is now years closer to becoming a reality.

Google February 17, 2017

Alphabet Lowers Goals For Google Self-Driving Car Project: Plan For No Steering Wheels And Pedals In Vehicles Put On Hold

Alphabet is lowering its goals for Google's self-driving car project, according to a report from The Information. The team is said to be dropping its plan of developing fully self-driving vehicles that will not come with steering wheels and pedals.

Google December 13, 2016

Google Self-Driving Car Now Has Over 2 Million Miles Of Experience, Getting Closer To Finish Line For Public Release

Google's self-driving car program has accumulated 2 million miles of experience on public roads, which is equivalent to 300 years of human driving. Is the technology soon to be coming to a commercial product?

Google October 6, 2016

Did Google Really Steal The Idea For ‘Project Loon’ Balloons? Here Are The Facts Behind The Accusation

The company Space Data filed a lawsuit against Google alleging the company infringed on its patents and broke a non-disclosure agreement regarding Project Loon.

Google June 17, 2016

Apple Taps Google X Co-Founder And Former Nest Chief Yoky Matsuoka For Health Projects

Google X Co-Founder and former Nest Vice President Yoky Matsuoka joins Apple. She is reportedly going to work for Apple COO Jeff Williams to push efforts in the Cupertino brand's health initiatives.

Business Tech May 4, 2016

Google Self-Driving Car Efforts Ramping Up With New Hiring Spree

Google started recruiting for its driverless car division, and the jobs are as diverse as they are interesting. Dubbed X after its rebranding, the self-driving car department has big plans for expansion and it may even start manufacturing autonomous driving hardware.

FUTURE TECH February 13, 2016

Google X Is Now Just X, Turns Serious About Business: Here Are The Moonshot Projects Worth Waiting For In 2016

Google X became just "X," and now the logo of the secretive research division was simplified to sport only an X too. On that note, here are a couple of the moonshot projects that the company could launch in 2016.

January 19, 2016

Alphabet Reframes Google's Robotics Division As Part Of 'X' And Hires Former Nokia Senior Executive

Google's robotics division is being transformed from a stand-alone unit into a part of 'X,' which is the new name of the secretive research and development facility Google X. Several X projects already utilize robotic elements.

Business January 16, 2016

Google X Drops The 'Google' From Its Name

Armed with a brand-new logo, the division formerly known as Google X is now just ... X.

Business January 13, 2016

Google Intends To Create An Alphabet Self-Driving Car Spin-Off Business

Google has let slip that it intends to create an Alphabet spin-off business that uses its driverless car technology - and it may end up being a big competitor for car services like Uber and Lyft.

FUTURE TECH December 16, 2015

Google Life Sciences Is Now Verily, Wants To Find The ‘Truth’ To ‘Defeat Mother Nature’

Alphabet has now independentized Google's Life Sciences division and rebranded it as Verily. Chemists, engineers, doctors and behavioral scientists are working to understand human health and better prevent and manage diseases.

Business December 8, 2015

Google Plans To Up Production Of Self-Driving Car Prototypes: Would We See Mass Production Soon?

Google has scaled up its self-driving car plans and it's mulling the possibility of mass-producing the vehicles in the future. If all goes well, the company could make and sell its own autonomous vehicles.

FUTURE TECH September 14, 2015

Google X Life Sciences Team Becomes Standalone Alphabet Company: Will We See Smart Contact Lens Soon?

Google X spins off its Life Sciences division. The Life Sciences team is still focused on smart contact lenses.

Business August 21, 2015

Google Quietly Teamed Up With NASA To Test Project Wing Drone Program

For over a year, Google has used a government exemptive waiver to test out its commercial drones for Project Wing, with help from NASA.

FUTURE TECH August 13, 2015

Google Restructures As Alphabet Inc.: Will The ABCs Of Technology World Change?

After undergoing a massive shakeup, Google is now the subsidiary of a new holding company called Alphabet, but most people won’t probably feel the changes at all.

Business August 11, 2015

Google Sidewalk Labs Set To Improve Life In The Cities

Google goes from Wi-Fi balloons and driverless cars to 'urban innovation.'

Business June 11, 2015

Google Patents Creepy Bunny/Teddy That Wants To Control Your Home...And Your Life

Google seeks to secure a patent for a teddy bear or toy bunny that could serve as a physical voice assistant. It could make eye contact with whoever is speaking because Google thinks people will like that.

Gadgets May 23, 2015

Battery Battle — Here's Why Google Is So Interested In Developing Better Battery Technology

Google is reportedly developing its own battery technology to incorporate into its products. There has been a growing interest in better battery technology — here's why.

Geek April 13, 2015

Google X Team Focuses On Battery Technologies For Future Devices

Google has a small team that is focused on developing battery technology to be used in the company's future consumer devices, such as the Google Glass, one report claims.

Geek April 11, 2015

Google X Boss Says Google 'Encouraged Too Much Attention For Google Glass'

Google X's boss Astro Teller recently spoke about the Google Glass and how Google marketed it as a finished product, despite the fact that it was largely an experiment.

Wearable Tech March 18, 2015

AeroMobil To Launch Self-Flying Cars In 2017?

AeroMobil announces its intent to launch its first flying car in 2017. Flying cars may seem the stuff of science fiction, but there's a plan in place that could see them take flight.

FUTURE TECH March 16, 2015

Frenemies? Uber Plans To Build Self-Driving Cars While Google Plans Own 'Ride-Hailing' Service

New developments point to the two companies, with Google being a major investor of Uber, could become rivals in the industries of self-driving cars and ride-hailing services.

FUTURE TECH February 3, 2015

Google X Creates Synthetic Human Skin To Help Develop Wearable That Detects Cancer Cells

Google X is more than just self-driving cars, Google Glass, and balloon-delivered Internet. The search company’s moonshot laboratory also has a life sciences division.

Wearable Tech January 30, 2015

Google Glass is Dead...For Now

The withdrawal of Glass from the market may mark a humbling retreat for Google, as the company may be pressing the "reset" button on the device.

Wearable Tech January 21, 2015

Google Explorer Program Closing Draws Mixed Response

Google is hearing both applause and boos after announcing it will end its Glass Explorer program come Jan. 19. While some Explorers are disappointed at how they found out, many Google fans are happy Glass is moving out of the lab environment.

Gadgets January 15, 2015

Google Stops Sales Of Google Glass But Says It Will Try Again

Former Apple executive Tony Fadell will lead the Google Glass team as the project exits the Explorer program from Google X to its own entity.

Geek January 15, 2015

Google Glass May Die Early Death with Early Adopters Losing Interest

Has the death knell been sounded for Google Glass? Google's smart eyewear has barely made it to the market, but developers and some Google insiders believe Glass is as good as dead.

Wearable Tech November 16, 2014

Microphone-fitted cyborg cockroaches may help emergency personnel find and rescue disaster survivors

NC State researchers wire cockroaches with electronics capable of sending the insect toward disaster survivors. There's even an invisible fence that will ensure the biorobotic cockroaches stay within the search perimeter.

FUTURE TECH November 9, 2014

Google X developing pill with nanoparticles that can detect cancer, heart attacks and other diseases

Google is working on a magnetic pill coated with antibodies and can be swallowed to monitor cancers, heart diseases and other health problems.

Life October 28, 2014

Google delves deep into health care with a whopper of a disease detector

Google is working on developing nanoparticles that will be able to search the body for diseases, including cancer, and warn patients of those diseases very early on. The strategy is to go from reactive to proactive medical treatment, says a researcher.

Wearable Tech October 28, 2014

Google X pet project: Lego-like modular displays that combine to create giant display

Google X is reportedly working on a technology that would allow users to combine several screens into a giant display. The screens would connect the way Lego bricks do.

Gadgets October 5, 2014

Google going Lego in display innovation

Google wants to piece together displays like Legos, sources say. The biggest challenge, of course, is figuring out how to stitch them together.

Computers October 3, 2014

Google's Internet 'Project Loon' balloons to hover across Southern Hemisphere next year

Astro Teller of Google X Lab says a ring of balloons will provide wireless Internet connectivity to the Southern Hemisphere in one year. How many users can a balloon support?

Geek September 25, 2014

Google's newest baby is a vibrating spoon that may help people with Parkinson's

Google acquired Lift Labs and its Liftware system, which are utensils that are designed to help people that are suffering from neurodegenerative tremors with their eating.

Gadgets September 11, 2014

Google X guru tapped by White House as chief tech leader

The White House appoints one of Google's brightest minds as chief technology officer. Megan Smith, the first woman to fill the position, is flanked by a former Twitter lawyer as deputy CTO.

Society September 4, 2014

It's a dog. It's a plane? No, it's a Google delivery drone!

Google releases a video that shows a small delivery drone on a test flight for deliveries to Queensland, Australia. Neil Parfitt, a farmer from Warwick, receives the first Google package.

Business September 3, 2014

Google's Project Wing drone delivery service takes flight in Australia delivering candy bars

Among other futuristic hardware designs to make it out of Google's top-secret innovation lab Google X is Project Wing. The drone delivery service just had a recent (and successful!) test flight in Queensland, Australia.

Geek September 1, 2014

Google Project Wing takes flight, but will package delivery program ever take off?

Google has unveiled its Project Wing drone program for making deliveries. While the technology certainly is there, if regulations stay as they are then the drones will never take off.

FUTURE TECH August 31, 2014

Google Project Wing taps drones for disaster relief, package delivery

Google's drones may one day shuttle smartphones to door steps. But the visionaries behind driverless cars also foresee the drones delivering relief to areas struck by disaster.

FUTURE TECH August 29, 2014

Google buys itself a gecko, but not the four-legged kind

Google X, a division of Google that works on futuristic projects, has acquired Gecko Design, a mechanical engineering and product design company. The 18-year-old company has worked on high-profile products such as Fitbit and Jawbone.

Business August 25, 2014

Google wants you for its DNA-mapping project

Google introduces new Baseline Study, which will gather anonymous genetic information from a group of healthy volunteers to better understand the diseases in the human body and what causes them.

Internet Culture July 28, 2014

Google driver-less car tours journalists around campus, neighborhood. Did anyone hit the kill switch?

Journalists taken on a 30-minute test drive onboard Google’s robot cars around Mountain View, California said the ride was uneventful – and that’s a good thing.

FUTURE TECH May 14, 2014

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