“All these people [at Google] were telling me that it was a bad idea and it would fail. But I didn’t really care, I thought they were all wrong and tried it anyway—and it worked.”
Project Tango is an experimental new smartphone with built-in 3-D sensors that, according to Google, allow wielders to digitally map the world around them. Its spatially aware motion-sensing powers work using a “revolutionary” new Myriad 1 vision processor, which harvests a fraction of the computing power needed for something like, say, Microsoft’s Kinect. It’s like cramming a 3-D scanner into a Pop Tart.
"Every year the editors of Fast Company pick 50 of the world’s Most Innovative Companies. We pick them not just for financial reasons, these aren’t just good businesses, but because we think they’re changing the way we live.”
"DeepMind raises the possibility of allowing robots to self-train by observing humans or other robots and possibly do the job even better."
The new Google Glass designs are here
With Nest scooped up by Google for $3.2 billion, one company believes there’s room for another sleek smart thermostat.
Spark wanted to show it could create an open-source Nest-like thermostat using Spark Core, its Arduino-compatible development platform for building Internet-connected hardware. The result isn’t an exact duplicate, but it’s not a bad approximation for a day’s worth of work. For example, instead of a glass and aluminum enclosure, which Nest uses, Spark opted for acrylic and wood for its prototype.
By now, we’re all familiar with the idea of wearable health trackers. But we’re used to seeing them on our wrists. If Google gets its way, the next batch of wearables may be worn in your eyes.
The company’s experimental wing, Google[x], announced on Thursday its plan to test a prototype of a smart contact lens that would monitor the sugar levels of diabetes patients, possibly alerting them when glucose levels become dangerously high or low.
Google has taken one giant step toward entering the fast-growing connected home space.
“Too much automation, too soon will frighten the average car buyer. It has to be done right or potential customers will be scared off, making it even harder for us to transition from driver to driverless down the road.”
Last month, prosecutors said Thomas Gagnon’s former girlfriend received an invitation to join one of his Google+ Circles. She’d recently broken up with Gagnon and had obtained a restraining order against him soon afterward. Upon discovering the unwelcome Google+ invite from her ex-beau online, she went down to the local police station with a print-out of the invitation. Roughly 90 minutes later, police arrested Gagnon for his Google+ activity and was later charged with violating the restraining order barring contact with her.
The only wrinkle? Gagnon’s attorney claims his client never sent the request, arguing that he “has no idea how the woman … got such an invitation” and "suggesting that it might have been sent by a robot."
Among the top “What Is” searches for the U.S. are "What is Bitcoin", "What is Snapchat", and “What is Twerking”.
Among the top “How To” searches for New York are "How to fax", "How to code", and “How to levitate”.
And they refuse to explain why. It’s time for the tech giants to do a little reconciling for their massive support of renewable energy policy and their support of a legislative group that’s now trying to punish people for generating their own solar energy.