Google’s best new gadgets
- Project Soli : By tweaking radar technology, Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects Group (they’re also working on the Project Ara modular mobile phone) has created a motion sensor that can pick up “sub-millimeter” movements
- Project Jacquard : Interactive fabric. Another of the many secretive creations of Google’s ATAP group, this technology turns normal pieces of fabric acting as interactive touch pads for a variety of smart devices.
- The Virtual Reality Jump and the Array: Google is going big on virtual reality. Jump is the search giant’s new VR platform that will allow anyone to create and upload VR content they’ve created.
Offline Google Maps : Do everything you do on Google Maps, but without the internet connection. Going away to Paris and don’t want to get lumped with data roaming charges while you attempt to find your hotel? Download the region in advance, and then scroll, pinch and search your way around the French capital without going online.
Google Glass : Google unveiled its first wearable computing device Glass in 2012, bringing a product that had been relegated only to science fiction till now. This gadget is an extension of Android smartphones and tablets and can be used to capture photos and videos, make phone calls, check out maps, read emails and text messages and perform various other tasks with just voice commands.
- Internet balloons : Google’s thinktank has created an innovative solution to the problem of low web penetration in developing countries – balloons that beam down internet. As part of its Project Loon, Google sent out balloons that float in the stratosphere at a height of 20km and relay the internet to houses via a special antenna that captures the necessary signals