Game changing Google Technologies – Story of a tech giant
Google was kick started in March 1996 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Ph. D. students at Stanford University. The internet giant has so far taken unto its shoulders to carry on with an odyssey which will only shape up as Google’s Avant Garde technological repository.
Lets cherry – pick the list comprising some of the best Google technologies spawned till date:-
Gmail – Email Service
Google’s Gmail is a free, advertising-supported webmail service with support for Email clients. Braced with an initial storage capacity offer of 1 GB per user, Gmail significantly swelled the webmail standard for free storage from the 2 to 4 MB its competitors used to offer at that time.
Google Android- Mobile Operating System
Android which was founded in Palo Alto, California in October 2003 by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears, and Chris White is a mobile operating system (OS) based on the Linux kernel and currently developed by Google.
Braced with a user interface based on direct manipulation, Android is designed quintessentially for touchscreen mobile devices standing in the order as smartphones and tablet computers, with specialized user interfaces for televisions, followed by cars, and wrist watches.
Project Tango – 3D Motion tracking smartphone prototype
Project Tango is a smartphone and tablet project by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP), formerly a division of Motorola. “Project Tango” prototype is an Android smart phone-like device that tracks the 3D motion of the device, and creates a 3D model of the environment around it which Google says will be useful for everything ranging from Augmented Reality gaming to navigating large shopping centers. Presently, ATAP has 200 prototype development kits which will be distributed to developers by mid-March 2014.
Google Glass – Wearable Technology
Cleaving its foray in the arena of wearable technology; Google Glass has been red carpeted with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD). It has been developed by Google shouldering the mission of producing a mass-market ubiquitous computer. Google Glass goes on to display information in a smart phone-like hands-free format. The wearers communicate with the Internet by means of natural language voice commands.
There stands certain exclusive features with Google Glass which reads in the order as, Viz:-
Touchpad: A touchpad is located on the side of Google Glass, facilitating users to be able to control the device by way of swiping through a timeline-like interface displayed on the screen Sliding backward shows current events, such as weather, and sliding forward shows past events, such as phone calls, photos, circle updates, so on and so forth.
Camera: Google Glass arrives with the ability to take photos and record 720p HD video.
Display: The Explorer version of Google Glass makes use of a Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS), field-sequential color, LED illuminated display. The display’s LED illumination is first P-polarized and then shines through the in-coupling polarizing beam splitter (PBS) to the LCoS panel. The panel reflects the light and alters it to S-polarization at active pixel sites. The in-coupling PBS then reflects the S-polarized areas of light at 45° through the out-coupling beam splitter to a collimating reflector at the other end. Consequently, the out-coupling beam splitter (which is a partially reflecting mirror, not a polarizing beam splitter) reflects the collimated light another 45° and into the wearer’s eye.
Project Ara– Open Hardware modular smartphones
Project Ara is the codename for an initiative fueled by Google that aims to develop a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones. The Ara phones are built using modules inserted into metal endoskeletal frames known as “endos”. The frame will be the only component in an Ara phone made by Google.
The platform will entail a structural frame that holds smartphone modules of the owner’s choice, reading in the order as a display, followed by keyboard or an extra battery.
The Ara Phones from its end lets users to swap out malfunctioning modules or upgrade individual modules as innovations emerge, making available longer lifetime cycles for the handset, and potentially reducing electronic waste. The first model of the modular phone is slated for release in January 2015 and is expected to cost around $50.
Google Cardboard– Augmented Reality experiment
Google Cardboard arrives as a fold-out cardboard smartphone mount which when fused with lenses, a magnet, followed by a piece of hook-and-loop fastener and a rubber band and held against the face, affords an augmented reality experience. This low-cost, open-source headset is designed by Google but offered freely for people to create on their own. A smartphone with stereoscopic display software fits into this device and the lenses allow a person to perceive the images as one single three-dimensional image. The hardware was announced at Google I/O 2014, an annual software developer-focused conference held in San Francisco, California.
Google Drive-File hosting service
Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service delivered by Google, released on April 24, 2012, which enables user cloud storage, file sharing and collaborative editing. Google Drive is the repository of Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, an office suite of productivity applications, that offer collaborative editing on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms, and more.
Time and again, Google seems to possess the knack of emerging as that erudite someone who tries to fit the bill as an enterprising player by means of its flagship services. This way it has carved a niche of its own in the tech world.