Google, the best search engine out there reached far beyond the online realm, they have founded some semi-secret research and development facilities. Let’s take a look at what Google has been up to.
Projects that weren't a part of google's core business such as search engine & android were spun out into separate alphabet companies with their ceos, google proper which now falls on the alphabet still has oversight over some of these futuristic projects, here are some moonshot projects on the alphabet and what they hope to accomplish.
1. Project Wing
It is Alphabet's desire to replace your mailman with flying drones. As per x company it is next generation of automated aircraft, these vehicles will deliver everything from consumer goods to emergency medicine – a new commerce system that opens up universal access to the sky. Alphabet plans on releasing the drone delivery service to the public in this year. Project Wing is run by the Google X company under Alphabet.
2. Project Loon
Project Loon is Alphabet's desire to bring internet to two-thirds of the world's population using internet-beaming hot air balloons. The project has been in the works since 2011, about two years before it was unveiled to the public. The solar powered balloons fly at high altitudes to provide broadband to areas without internet access.
Project Loon balloons float in the stratosphere, twice as high as airplanes and the weather. In the stratosphere, there are many layers of wind, and each layer of wind varies in direction and speed. Loon balloons go where they’re needed by rising or descending into a layer of wind blowing in the desired direction of travel. By partnering with Telecommunications companies to share cellular spectrum we’ve enabled people to connect to the balloon network directly from their phones and other LTE-enabled devices. The signal is then passed across the balloon network and back down to the global internet on Earth.
Makani is working to make clean energy accessible for everyone. X Company developing energy kites, a new type of wind turbine that can access stronger and steadier winds at higher altitudes to generate more energy with less materials.
4. Smart Lens Program
Verily and Alcon are working on smart ocular devices, including a glucose-sensing lens for continuous monitoring of glucose levels and an accommodating contact lens for people with presbyopia (age-related farsightedness). The tech giant also announced in 2014 that it was pursuing contact lenses that would use tiny glucose sensors to measure sugar levels in your tears. The project is run by Alphabet's Verily company, which was originally named Google Life Sciences.
Liftware's selection of stabilizing and leveling handles and utensil attachments are designed to help people with hand tremor or limited hand and arm mobility retain dignity, confidence and independence.
Liftware Steady is designed to help people with hand tremor, which may be related to Parkinson's disease or essential tremor, while Liftware Level is designed to help people with limited hand and arm mobility, which may be related to cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, Huntington's disease or post-stroke deficits.
Liftware Steady has an electronic stabilizing handle containing sensors that detect hand motion and a small onboard computer that distinguishes unwanted tremor from the intended movement of the hand. To stabilize the utensil, the computer directs two motors in the handle to move the utensil attachment in the opposite direction of any detected tremor.
The Liftware Level handle contains sensors that detect changes from the intended movement of the hand in three dimensions. It uses motion-stabilizing technology to keep the utensil level, regardless of how the user’s hand or arm twists, bends or moves.