Google has been and continues to be a leader in creating some of the most innovative technologies on the market. All their employees are allowed to work one day a week on any research and development projects they have their minds set on.
This unique approach has led to some impressive and fascinating futuristic results. Here is a look at 4 crazy gadgets Google is currently creating that may bring the future that much closer.
Google Glass has seen a lot of press lately for good reason. These hi-tech glasses have a camera and screen only visible to the wearer’s eye. Also included is a GPS and touch screen on the side of the glasses. Combining all these technologies together allows for developers to create unique and previously impossible apps.
The current version uses a heavily modified version of Android OS to do amazing things. Apps that allow the user to see exactly where they need to navigate when lost, apps that can point out an individual in a crowded area, and apps that record from the user’s eye level perspective are all now possible. The Google Glass project is still in beta stages but later next year, the public will get to have their hands on it.
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Google Self-driving Cars
Google has been working on self-driving cars for years and have successfully used them to already navigate thousands of miles safely. While there are still engineering problems such as dealing with snow and how to interpret hand signals from police or construction workers, Google believes that they can have publicly available Google self-driving cars in as early as 3-5 years. This could potentially change society and make the world much safer from driver errors.
Whoever thought of this ingenious, somewhat unnecessary gadget must have had a lot of free time to just think. Google Teamed with Adidas to create this “talking shoe” that can tell you to get off the couch if you’ve been on the couch too long or can talk smack while you’re playing basketball.
These fascinating shoes also come equipped with the ability to provide directions and running or walking speed. Place an one of your Android sim cards from Bell.ca in your Google shoes and head out for the day. This is bound to be the must-have gift item for teens when it hits the market.
While not exciting as the Google Shoes, smart thermostats offer humanity some more practical benefits for daily life. Google has invested heavily in helping fund NEST, a climate control system that learns the user’s habits and adjusts the temperature accordingly. This smart thermostat allows homes to be more energy efficient which is both good for the environment and the user’s electric bill.