Google Project Loon

One of Google’s most ambitious and important projects reaches a new milestone

By on November 17, 2014 at 3:10 PM.

One of Google’s most ambitious and important projects reaches a new milestone

Do you remember life before the Internet? Younger generations in developed countries will likely find it hard to imagine, but there was once a time when information wasn’t always a few taps or clicks away. Now, whether you’re in your home or on the go, the world’s information is always at your fingertips. Of course, there are still billions of people who do not have the same easy access to the web that many of us take for granted. In fact, more people than you might imagine have never accessed the Internet at all in their lifetimes.

But Google is trying to change that. More →

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Google Loon balloon project: mistaken for plane crash in New Zealand

Google’s Internet balloons cause panic in yet another country

By on June 20, 2014 at 5:11 PM.

Google’s Internet balloons cause panic in yet another country

Google’s Project Loon has been around for a while now, but that hasn’t stopped people from freaking out whenever they see one. Today in New Zealand, residents thought a plane was crashing when in fact a Loon balloon was landing, according to The Wall Street Journal. More →

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Google Project Loon Balloons

Google’s Wi-Fi balloons get mistaken for UFOs in Kentucky

By on May 29, 2014 at 2:36 PM.

Google’s Wi-Fi balloons get mistaken for UFOs in Kentucky

If you see an unidentified flying object with a Google logo on it, don’t worry too much — the company isn’t planning to abduct you and subject you to invasive probes, especially since its own algorithms are capable of probing you more thoroughly than any aliens ever could. Space.com reports that two years ago, some residents in Pike County, Kentucky reported seeing what they thought were UFOs from outer space but that turned out to be some of Google’s balloons that the company plans to use to bring Wi-Fi connectivity to rural parts of the world that lack Internet service. More →

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Google Project Loon Tests

Google starts testing its ‘Wi-Fi balloons’ in California

By on August 9, 2013 at 11:15 PM.

Google starts testing its ‘Wi-Fi balloons’ in California

Regardless of what Bill Gates thinks, Google is going ahead with its initiative to improve Internet access in Africa with large balloons that can send Wi-Fi signals to rural parts of the continent. Google said this week that it’s started running tests of its Project Loon balloons in California’s Central Valley “to research various approaches for improving the technology, like the power systems (solar panel orientation and batteries), envelope design, and radio configuration.” The company has already been testing out the balloons in both New Zealand and some parts of Africa, although there’s still no timetable for when Google’s balloons will be ready to deliver service.

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