Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin offer a peek inside the Google machine, sharing tidbits about international search patterns, the philanthropic Google Foundation, and the company’s dedication to innovation and employee happiness.
It’s not a demo, more of a philosophical argument: Why did Sergey Brin and his team at Google want to build an eye-mounted camera/computer, codenamed Glass? Onstage at TED2013, Brin calls for a new way of seeing our relationship with our mobile computers — not hunched over a screen but meeting the world heads-up.
See the live demo of Glass at the Google I/O here.
Sebastian Thrun helped build Google’s amazing driverless car, powered by a very personal quest to save lives and reduce traffic accidents. Jawdropping video shows the DARPA Challenge-winning car motoring through busy city traffic with no one behind the wheel, and dramatic test drive footage from TED2011 demonstrates how fast the thing can really go.
View more of my favorite TED talks here.
Google’s Goggles is a new app for their Android cell phone. You take a picture and then find out about your subject – place, landmark, book, wine, art, contact info and more. It’s currently only available for Googles Android phone, but similar things are sure to come for every cell phone. Find out more at The New York Times.
Amazon Mobile is an iPhone app that works on similar principles. You take a picture and send it to Amazon. Amazon will find the item (or the nearest item) and tell you about it and you can order it if you want to. Sometimes the results are funny! We had more than a few giggles after dinner one night when we sent in faces from everyone in the party. Not surprisingly my search came back with a book … 100 Beards. But you can use this app in physical stores and do some serious price comparisons online.
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