There’s never a dull day at Google’s Mountain View HQ, and with so many announcements oozing out of the place, it’s becoming a little tough to keep up with what’s what. In an effort to make things a little easier to digest, here’s an update on the exciting stuff the Googlers are working on.
Google wants everything to be safely under lock and key, and the eight-figure password of letters and numbers is no longer as reliable as it once was. Due to the rise of super computers, and hackers getting wise, it’s time for Google to work some magic.
Project Abacus’ main function will be to determine if the person logged into the account is who they say they are. This will be observed by a range of different methods including facial recognition, voice detection, and expected behavioural data – like how you swipe across the screen, and the kind of words you use in messages.
Project Ara was announced a while ago, but it’s no less exciting now than it was then. The vision is to create what’s known as a modular mobile phone, i.e. one that can have its individual components replaced. It’s kind of like a techy mobile Lego.
This is the next level in true personalisation, and will give users the opportunity to create smartphones to suit their exact needs. First generation devices are expected to be made available later this year.
We may be waiting a few years before we can really take advantage of this, but Project Brillo aims to connect all your devices so they’re easy to set up and all work with your smartphone.
In the same way that Bluetooth is now a standardised way of devices talking to each other, Brillo aims to extend to all smart tech around the home, like the Nest Thermostat and the wider internet of things.
This is one for the fashionistas out there, and one of the most exciting and innovative projects Google has ever unveiled. Working with the likes of Levi’s, Google plans to weave touch and gesture activated materials into clothing and furniture, using standard looms the world over.
This means that you will be able to interact with your smartphone or tablet’s screen by swiping along your arm, trouser leg or the arm of a chair.
This is another project based around security, however in this instance it’s more of a physical object as oppose to passwords and encryptions. By using microSD cards, Project Vault aims to give secure storage to all devices that support them.
But, it’s not just an SD card. It has NFC and a microprocessor on board, making it much more powerful than any run-of-the-mill memory card - it’s essentially a tiny computer.
Google claims that host devices won’t be able to tell the difference between Project Vault and a standard memory card, and that it will work across all operating systems.
In this day and age, everyone should have access to the internet. We take it for granted so much in the western world, that sometimes it’s easy to forget that not everyone is so lucky. But, what if there were a way to spread internet connections around the world without underground cabling. Luckily, Google’s on it.
Project Loon works through balloons that float in the stratosphere all over the world, transmitting internet signals to enabled mobile devices. Check out the video above to see how this project could massively benefit the developing world.
Project Soli is all about tracking hand movements via radar, allowing us to interact with technology without touching it. The plan is that one day, in the not too distant future, a tiny chip can be installed in our devices that will recognise gestures and respond to them, as you can see in the video above.
So, it’s all go in California and we for one are very excited about what’s to come. If you have anything to add, drop us a comment below.