Three Interesting Google Projects We Can’t Wait For

Google used to be just a search engine giant. Lately, Google has been working on many projects that completely redefine it. In the recent past, Google has unveiled many user-friendly projects which have been adored, appreciated and cherished by everyone. And that’s not all, there are still more Google Projects, all set to ‘WOO’ the users when they start selling in the near future.

Let’s have a look at three very interesting Google Projects, which we can’t wait for to hit the market.

Google Project Ara

Project Ara - 3 Google Projects We Can't Wait For

We all have wanted — sometime in our lives — for our smartphone to be like a PC. Where we could easily replace the current camera for a better one or maybe upgrade the processor because the new software update runs slow. Google’s Project Ara allows you to achieve something similar. A customized smartphone is no longer a dream as Google’s Project Ara is expected to roll out in Q1 2015.

The project, headed by Paul Eremenko, was monitored, controlled and regulated under Motorola Mobility. Project Ara is now looked after by the Advanced Technology and Projects group at Google. ATAP was a part of Motorola before Google sold its mobile business to Lenovo. Although, ATAP team is still at Google working on Project Ara.

The sole objective of Google behind creating Project Ara, is to enable anyone to build a module for a smartphone and eliminate all limitations in respect to phone hardware. It is glaring at creating modules without licenses or paying fees. Project Ara will allow anyone to create free open hardware. Have a look at this interesting video to understand better.

Users will initially use a base hardware, called Endo. It will act as a switch for linking the modules together. Through plug and play, features will be added to the smartphones by simply putting in block onto the Endo. Slots on endo-skeletal platform will accept modules according to its size and length. Modules will undertake tasks such as cameras and features. Enclosures of the module are made out of plastic, which allows users to design their own module — with a 3D printer — and replace or swap it as per their needs.

Japanese company, Toshiba has worked with Google on Project Ara and will be the first company to act as preferred supplier for the series. Interestingly, the basic Project Ara phone will be available from Google Store, costing you about just $50.

Driverless Cars

Driverless Cars - 3 Google Projects We Can't Wait For

Another streamlined project in the foray is Google’s driverless cars. This initiative is aimed at giving complete autonomy to the cars.

The self-driving car has light-radar system and a laser beam which helps the vehicle in generating a 3D map. The car itself combines these maps to World maps, producing data models enabling the vehicle to drive on its own. The technology doesn’t allow the cars to go haywire. The system has speed limit installed internally and uses sensor system to maintain adequate distance from other vehicles on the streets.

Parallel to cruise control system found today, the driverless car provides an override through which a human driver can easily take over by pressing the brakes or turning the vehicle. Although, we are still confused because the last demo of the driverless car we saw had no steering wheel. Have a look at this video.

The project is under strict monitoring of Google engineer ‘Sebastian Thrun’ who is a co-inventor of Google street view. Also, due to this new project, Google is also lobbying hard for robotic cars laws.

Google Glass

Google Glass - 3 Google Projects We Can't Wait For

Last but not the least is Google Glass, which has its fair share of popularity amongst developers, geeks and nerds. Google Glass launched at an event in 2012. They are a pair of handy smart-glasses, which allow you to undertake innumerable tasks through eye gestures and voice. Google Glass is developed by Google X, a team which played a crucial role in development of Google’s driverless cars.

Google Glass has a touchpad located on the side. Sliding allows you to perform multiple tasks such as track current events like weather or news updates, see past events such as call records, photos or etc. It also comes with a camera having a storage capacity of 4GB. It’s camera is capable of recording HD videos of up to 720p. There is no touch screen, all you have is voice recognition and eye gestures. Using them, you can instantly share photos and videos on social networks. See your messages and emails and reply back with instant voice commands. Enabling Google search is also a voice command away. All you have to do is say and the glasses find out the answer from the internet.

Google Glass also has Google apps such as Google Maps, Google Translator and Google+. The device comes with companion Android and iOS app called MyGlass, in order to manage the device. While Google Glasses have not been publically released, they are available through a Explorer Beta program, at a cost of $1500.