Project Loon

Google Project Loon test flights to take place in Australia

Google Project Loon test flights to take place in Australia

Google is set to test fly its large balloons, which are part of Project Loon, over Australia next month. Project Loon balloons are designed to beam internet service to residents on the ground. Project Loon is a plan that Google has talked about in the past and hopes to use to give internet connectivity to remote parts of the world. The balloons themselves are able to circle the globe on stratospheric winds.

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Google buys FitBit Ultra design firm for X Lab products

Google buys FitBit Ultra design firm for X Lab products

Google’s X Lab creates some amazing stuff, but many have one common thread: they’re weird looking. Be it Glass, the autonomous car, or Project Loon, they’ve all got a polarizing aesthetic. In trying to make sure we like what we see from Google X, the company has snapped up Gecko Design to help with future iterations of their products.

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Google marks Project Loon’s balloon birthday with LTE tests

Google marks Project Loon’s balloon birthday with LTE tests

Google's Project Loon has celebrated its first birthday by delivering internet access to a remote Brazilian school, floating a balloon-borne LTE connection as it demonstrates the system has wings rather than being full of hot air. Announced last year, Project Loon aims to use a network of high-altitude balloons circling the globe to fill in empty gaps in internet service, a scheme which although derided as ridiculous at first, is now looking increasingly practical.

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Google’s Loon team wants Telco leases, but that’s a tricky offer

Google’s Loon team wants Telco leases, but that’s a tricky offer

Google’s ambitious Loon project is designed to connect the world, specifically in places where connectivity is nearly impossible via traditional methods. By controlling the sky, Google hopes to bring not only a connection, but one that’s 3G or better to “two out of every three people on Earth”. Even more ambitious, Google wants to lease their balloons to Telcos.

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Titan Aerospace: These are the drones Google just bought

Titan Aerospace: These are the drones Google just bought

Google is adding a drone specialist to its roster of recent acquisitions, with startup Titan Aerospace set to bring its Solara solar-powered unmanned planes to the search giant's airstrip. Billed as "high altitude persistent solar-electric UAVs," the Titan Aerospace drones will theoretically fly for up to five years without needing to land, cruising more than 12 miles up and flying at speeds of up to 65mph.

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Google buys Titan Aerospace solar drone startup

Google buys Titan Aerospace solar drone startup

Google has acquired drone maker Titan Aerospace, the autonomous solar-powered flying vehicle company believed to be next in Facebook's sights, in a move it says will help Project Loon in bringing internet to developing markets. The deal sees Google snatch Titan Aerospace out from under Facebook's nose, after the social network had said earlier in the year that it was in talks around a potential acquisition.

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Bill Gates: Innovation to nearly eradicate poor countries by 2035

Bill Gates: Innovation to nearly eradicate poor countries by 2035

Technology comes in many varieties, and though the left arm may be doing something vastly different than the right arm, both intersect at the same point -- the human element, where for better or worse technological innovations alter our lives. Many innovations have both taken place and grown in the tech industry's recent past that promise to shape our future, from 3D-printed eye cells as a potential cure for blindness to virtual reality and artificial intelligence. In part because of these innovations, the poverty in present-day poor countries will more or less be eradicated by the year 2035, says Bill Gates.

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