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Google X - NY Times pulls back the curtain on Google's skunkworks

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Google X - NY Times pulls back the curtain on Google's skunkworks
It turns out that Google may have quite a few things hidden up its proverbial sleeve. According to a report in the New York Times, the search giant from Mountain View runs a top secret R&D lab referred to as Google X. The lab is kept a secret, even from most of Google’s employees. Google X is where the company works on its “moon shot” projects; the type of project that could revolutionize a field but requires breakthroughs in design or technology to succeed.

Most of the Google X projects involve robotics, but others may be of direct interest to smartphone users. Google X is working on home automation and the "connected web", which would allow Android smartphones to control everything from stereos to watering your garden. Part of this work has already been released through Android@Home, a home automation platform announced at Google I/O.

One of the first Android@Home products to be announced was an LED light bulb; a house full of these light bulbs would not only save electricity, but let you control them right from your phone. Soon you will be able to program your lights to turn on at the same time as your alarm goes off. Program your coffee maker to start brewing ten minutes after that so you have hot coffee before you leave for work. It's easy to see how smartphones could become even more integral parts of our lives.

Some of the Google X projects may never see the light of day. Others may become a reality faster than we expect; according to one source Google will be announcing one of the Google X projects before the end of the year. It should be an exciting ride.

source: New York Times

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posted on 14 Nov 2011, 11:39 8

1. remixfa (Posts: 14060; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

the whole lights and coffee in the morning has me sold. now if it could get the computer to turn on and turn on specific programs and web pages, that would be phenomenal.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 17:43 1

13. JonnyV (Posts: 17; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)

To be honest, for your smartphone to power up your computer would be less advanced then the lights. PC's have a power on LAN option, which would allow another computer (or device), on your local area network to send a power up command to your computer, allowing it to turn on. Integrate a little remote administration into the smartphone, and you would easily be able to have certain applications on the PC load up. While this type of software tech may not be available to the masses, I can say some of us already have it. ;)

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 11:46 6

2. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4335; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

This shows the level of innovation Google is striving for. They want to be a house hold name, & Google is finding interesting ways to achieve that. I would love to be able to control my home & manipulate all aspects of my busy life with my smartphone.

I am VERY interested in what Google will produce, they should be working on some very cool stuff.

Also I am with remixfa, the coffee thing is so awesome! lol

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 12:30 2

3. mozes316 (Posts: 142; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)

Am I the only one cofused about the phrase "Skunkworks"? lol

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 12:42 2

4. ArmageddonX (Posts: 96; Member since: 11 May 2011)


posted on 14 Nov 2011, 17:36 1

11. corporateJP (Posts: 1760; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


The name is suspect.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 13:01

5. jove39 (Posts: 1320; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Hackers are excited too...just saying

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 13:09 1

7. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Is that so? Lucky us white hats have us covered

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 13:07 1

6. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

I've being talking about this for quite a while you know? -_- to Google information and how information becomes of use is key, with your smartphone as the key that runs everything around you. I can see your phone turning your AC when you are close to home, remindig you that there is a show you might want to record, turning your lights when you arrive. Its yet another reason why Motorola is important to Google on other stuff.

Maybe will see something in the event this week

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 15:18

8. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

Skunkworks. Really? Has Google sunk that low? Well, I guess we know why some of their products stink now.

Come on, you knew it had to be said.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 16:43 4

9. DeviantDroid (Posts: 51; Member since: 28 Apr 2011)

Dude.... why ya always have to be an a$$!!!!!!!

Come on, you knew it had to be said.....

Atleast they innovate...

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 17:38 3

12. corporateJP (Posts: 1760; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)

"Skunkworks" is their secret project name that they are really using to tear down Apple devices and find all the stolen patents.

Rotten Apples smell like skunkass anyway.

You go figure it out, Miz.

Where's that stupid chicken, now...

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 16:51 4

10. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)

wowwww.. love ya goooogle

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