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

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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13 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

13. JonnyV

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 08, 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. ;)

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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

3. mozes316

Posts: 144; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

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

4. ArmageddonX

Posts: 96; Member since: May 11, 2011

11. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

LOL. The name is suspect.

5. jove39

Posts: 2137; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Hackers are excited too...just saying

7. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Is that so? Lucky us white hats have us covered

6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

8. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 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.

9. DeviantDroid

Posts: 51; Member since: Apr 28, 2011

Dude.... why ya always have to be an a$$!!!!!!! Come on, you knew it had to be said..... Atleast they innovate...

12. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 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...

10. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

wowwww.. love ya goooogle

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