Google X Project Wing (w / Video)

Project Wing


Project Wing

Yes, Google is getting into the Drone Delivery biz too. And of course Google X is behind it.  Just like in the Google Loon project, the Google X Project Wing  is testing in the Outback, that is to say Queensland, Australia.

Another one of those places where there is a lot of sky and a lot of land, and quite possibly a lot of enthusiasm for robotic flying things, Australia is playing host to another of Google’s futuristic ideas.  Although this is definitely not a first, as both Amazon and Facebook have already joined the game.  And Amazon already demonstrated their ideal.

So how is this Google X project any better than any other drone delivery system?  Google seems think that the delivery system is key and yet another advancement in moving things, to other places.  Unlike the vertical-only take-off and landing of the Amazon drone, the Google project will have both vertical and horizontal flight.    The video below offers a much better visual of the ideal.

Google Glass price break


Google Glass price break 02

It appears that there will soon be a Google Glass price break.  The terms of service for the purchase of Google Glass are changing to include a price difference between current models and the up-and-coming model.

Google has already announced a change to the specifications of Glass, upgrading to 2 GB of Ram, but this new change may bring the price down to something a bit more consumer-friendly.  The new terms were made public on August 19th.

To be perfectly fair Google is offering the difference in the price between what you pay and what the price may be in the near future.  Such an offer is definitely not unlike Google, but rare when offering a new product, to include in the terms.  It is apparent that Google really wants people to take Glass home, happily.

Some of the new text in the terms seems to imply that Google may be making Glass available through wireless carriers.  The text is to state that if you want mobile data connectivity, you will need to secure that through a carrier, via a SIM card.

And finally with this announcement Google is officially removing the “Beta” tag.  This appears to imply the state of the official announcement.  Glass is going out into the public and will be a tool for all.

Credit: Glass Almanac



Faux Competition is Bell Lab’s XG-Fast to Google Fiber

Bell Lab's XG-Fast

You may have read recently about Bell Lab’s XG-Fast 10 Gbps over copper.  It’s true, they have managed to send 10 times as much data over a copper wire as is available via Google Fiber.  But there’s a catch that no one is revealing.  The problem is with the distance.

XG-Fast is exactly what it’s name appears to imply, “fast”.  But how far does this fast go?  Google Fiber is connected not from the Central Office but from a smaller distribution center in your neighborhood.  The lines that go from this distro are likely closer to the range of what you’d expect from a DSL connection.  Not the speeds per se, but the distances (no more than a mile).  Bell Lab’s XG-Fast can’t go more than a few dozen feet.  And it’s unlikely that you will want another lawn fridge just to be able to use this new tech.

So although there appears to be a great many articles covering the amazing capacities of this new tech that will obsolete the tech giant’s intentions, it is merely a ploy to garner attention for tech that may not be available to the public for many years.  Google Fiber however is rolling out in 35 cities across the US within the next year.

A good test of the utility of XG-Fast will be seeing Comcast, Time-Warner, Charter, and AT&T roll out with it before Google gets a chance.   But the odds are that Google will bring 1Gbps synchronous Fiber to your city before any of those companies buy into XG-Fast at the consumer level.

AT&T Plans to Roll Out Fiber in Silicon Valley before Google

Fiber In Silicon Valley

AT&T vs Google Fiber in Silicon Valley

It only appears that AT&T has some how beaten Google at it’s own game.  That is to say AT&T’s game, which Google has recently begun playing.  As AT&T plans to roll out fiber in Silicon Valley before Google.  But how long as AT&T been in Silicon Valley with Fiber service and only now is rolling it out?  And where is it being rolled out?

According to Bloomberg, AT&T is rolling out its GigaPower fiber service in Cupertino first.  Thereby allowing all Apple employees to get access to AT&T Fiber.  AT&T is proclaiming that it beat it’s competitors to the fiber market in Silicon Valley.  But it has had two decades to do this and did not until Google began to threaten.

There may be some skepticism still in AT&T’s rollout to Silicon Valley,  It may be sooner, but it will be more reliable?  Will there be data caps and server constraints?  In essence will it be all bark and no bite?

Google it appears is trying to generate competition in the internet market.  And it seems to have worked in convincing both AT&T and Comcast to up their ante with customers.  Many of Comcasts customers have recently been upgraded to double their previous speed at the same price.  That does not include the Upload, which for Google is a synchronous 1 Gbps by 1Gbps.

It’s anticlimactic indeed, sounds like a classic tale.

A New Google Glass Patent surfaces

new Google Glass Patent

New Google Glass Patent

The new Google Glass patent recently discovered via the watchers of the Patent Office (Glass Almanac), depicts a pair of glasses without the eye projection part.  It appears that Google is intent on making the new set of glasses less annoying to the average user, a feature that might bring it into normalcy.   If it is at possible for the geeks at Google to generate another Moonshot, perhaps this revision is it?

Google Glass appears to yet be ahead of its time.  There is a very distinct dislike of the idea of being in the line of sight of a head-mounted computer.  It may just be the obviousness of Google Glass that is its own bane.  Whereas Smartphones can be pocketed or at least when they are being used it is a bit more apparent to the intent, Glass has never had such ease.

However, if this new revision can stymie the overflow of disgust at either being observed by or the use of a head-mounted computer, it may just begin to grow on the public.  I for one, look forward to the day when computers are as effective as the interface used in the television show Time Trax