Google recently revealed an interesting new project being developed in their secretive Google X lab, which brought us Google Glass and self-driving cars, that involves using free-flying balloons to provide Internet access for remote areas.
Here are five fast facts you need to know.
1. Google Wants Internet Access For Everyone
2. How It Works
By floating higher than traditional airplanes, the balloons are moved by the winds but can be steered in a desired direction. The site states that connections would be available from antennae attached to where people live.
The invention is meant to also serve a variety of other tasks which include helping people get back online quickly after a disaster and aid in filling in coverage gaps.
3. First Test Flight Happened Over New Zealand
According to The Independent, the first test flight took place over the southern island of New Zealand.
Powered by dangling solar power panels, the balloon was launched with antennas, computers, batteries, etc. Results have yet to be posted, but the website indicates that a group of test pilots will report back on the results with a festival of flight taking place. An estimated total of 30 of the balloons were launched.
4. Google X Is The Brains Behind This
5. Search For The Results Tomorrow
Google X deserves credit since this is a bold move. While the test flight only has just happened, the company's website giving all the information about the project is important as a selling point. However, they need to present a clear report on issues this may encounter.
These "remote areas" they keep referring to can be seriously affected by weather conditions and some parts of the country may not have a great infrastructure to support these new antennas. This could completely change the role the internet has in society but these results tomorrow are very important.