Posts Tagged ‘Google’

Google Maps Out 3D Future with Project Tango

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The future of 3D isn’t all about special glasses and overpriced cinema tickets as Google has recently announced a prototype handset that can create a 3D model of a room, with exciting implications for gamers and the visually-impaired. With software that can track the 3D movement of the device, codenamed Project Tango and sensors that can create a 3D map of an indoor space an accurate model of that environment can be created. (more…)

Google may Dangle Chromecast Dongle in UK in March

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Just when you thought there wasn’t enough Google in your life the Android-maker releases a new must-have gadget. This time it’s the Chromecast Dongle, already available in the US, and it may be released in the UK in March. The device promises to be one of Google’s most inexpensive and opens up all kinds of content that can be viewed on your TV simply by plugging it in and controlling it remotely via a smartphone or tablet. (more…)

Google Set to Get Smarter with AI Acquisition

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Google is buying startups lately like the average person might buy a bag of crisps from a vending machine and its latest purchase is a company called DeepMind. As the name hints at the company specialises in artificial intelligence and there were reports last year that Facebook was also interested in acquiring it at one point. It would seem that the startup’s artificial intelligence is as deep as Google’s pockets as it’s said to have been bought for a cool $500m (possibly more according to some sources). (more…)

Google Reveals Clever Contacts for Diabetics

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Google may be getting a lot of flak for all the ways in which it invades our privacy but at the same time it’s also doing some good for the world, in ways hard to deny. Its most recent humanitarian effort takes the form of contact lenses which can alert the wearer if their glucose level is too low. This will be a boon for diabetics where careful monitoring of their glucose levels will help them to stay healthy and maybe even save their life. (more…)

Fridge Spam Highlights Risk of Internet of Things

Monday, January 20th, 2014

In years to come the smartness that has found its way into our phones will have seeped into other everyday devices, forming what has been dubbed an “Internet of Things”. Putting aside any Stephen King-esque nightmares of appliances with sharp blades that are able to communicate with each other there’s another stumbling block this IoT has to face and that’s their vulnerability to cyber attacks. (more…)

New Nexus 7 Now on Sale in UK

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Google really started something when it launched its affordable Nexus 7 tablet, and now it’s continuing something as the latest version of the device has gone on sale in the UK. Launched a month ago in the US it is available now and though it costs a bit more than its predecessor the tweaks that Google has made means it’s worth the extra dough. (more…)

Google Rumoured to be Designing Own Robot Car

Monday, August 26th, 2013

It’s no secret that Google has been working on technology that could make human hands on steering wheels a thing of the past. Up until now its fleet of self-driving robot cars has been a collection of specially adapted Toyota Priuses. However, a recent rumour from Wall Street Journalist Amir Efrati and his anonymous sources indicates that Google may be designing its own-branded vehicles. (more…)

Google Reveals it’s Working on Universal Translator

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Google is set to make another sci-fi fantasy device come true as it has been revealed that the company is at work on devices with real-time voice-to-voice translation. The end result would work like the Universal Translator in Star Trek, Babel Fish in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or the TARDIS in Dr Who. Vice President of Google Hugo Barra announced at the end of last week that such a service was in development and that he plays with it every other week to see how it’s getting along. (more…)

Google begins inflating loony-sounding Project Loon

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

One seventh of the world might be on Facebook but there are still two thirds of the world who are living without internet access. However Google has announced a potential solution to this problem – balloons. 3G carrying balloons. The idea might sound absurd, and a tad cute, but Google believes that it can bring the internet to remote regions and disaster-struck areas that would otherwise not be able to look at funny pictures of cats or make angry comments on tech blogs. (more…)

Google bans Glass facial recognition

Friday, June 7th, 2013

It’s not often that Google bows in to pressure about privacy concerns but it looks like those worried about Google Glass’s facial recognition feature have a reason to stop hiding their faces. After the outcry that has followed the hype surrounding Glass the company has released an official statement saying it won’t be approving any facial recognition glassware. (more…)