Google to build a wireless network using balloons?
Google is said to have expressed interest in either buying the balloon wireless company Space Data or in forming a partnership with it, in order to create such a wireless network. Currently there are no specific implementations for the network discussed, but considering the interest Google has in the mobile industry (Android, gPhone) the chances of seeing a feature based on it are high.
1. jvillan (unregistered)
that would be a really cool idea google has had! just wonder if it would actually work!? not only for cellphone service but for data as well!
This is stupid. weather will cause major issues and if the something happens people will not haver service.
3. Matt (unregistered)
wow i can see google becoming something like the umbrella corporation from resident evil. first the web then comunications, then shortly genetic reasearch for the miitary
4. Knightlyjay (unregistered)
If you take a look at their web site (Space Data), it looks like you need to launch new balloons periodically to make it happen. Also the devices using this have external antennae. I would think that the opportunity for ridicule would shame this into history if it was deployed for consumer cellular communications. It would be better for Google to just say "We have a network, and coverage near you!" than to tell people, "Your communications are safe with us as we go up, up and away in our beautiful balloon."