Japan's obsession with robots began a long time ago, but one of its most popular mechanical icons, Doraemon, just celebrated its fictional 100th birthday. The occasion has prompted Google to recognize the robotic character's popularity in an interesting way.
Some may have expressed skepticism at Google's famously outspoken Eric Schmidt earlier this year when he predicted that self-driving cars would become the "predominant mode of transportation in our lifetime." But now it appears such a reality is closer than any of us imagined.
In its current state, Google Wallet is a handy mobile payment system that lets you buy things with your NFC-enabled smartphone. In the future, Google would like Wallet to replace more than just your cash and credit cards. The company wants Wallet to be your "primary transaction device" for everything.
Google's self-driving cars are on the up and up. Google revealed today that its dozen of self-driving cars have collectively driven over 300,000 miles without any accidents, paving the way the towards a safer future on the road.
We want to like Google's Nexus Q. It isn't shaped like a run-of-the-mill media box, it's got a ton of — dare we say? — hot wires snaking out of its rear Matrix-style, it's got several components built in the U.S.A. and it glows! That's about as nice as we can be to the orby Nexus Q, because when it comes right down to functionality there are really 0 reasons to spend $300 on Google's Magic 8-Ball. But that's okay (for now), because where there's room for improvement, the eager developers and hackers always have you covered. Here are six "fixes" and proof-of-concepts that give us hope that the Nexus Q is more than just an expensive paperweight.
With typing and voice search already under its belt, Google's aiming its search sights on another target: handwriting. With a simple setting activation, you can now hand write your searches on your iOS or Android smartphones and tablets, and like magic, it'll scour the Web based on your scribbles.
Google Fiber, the company's 1 gigabyte-per-second network that's "100 times faster than today's average broadband," just finished rolling out in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. Or, rather, Fiber finished rolling out in just the pair of Kansas cities. This is what your net on Google looks — or could look — like.
We filter through a ton of futuristic technologies every day here at DVICE, but one advancement that keeps getting overlooked is the self-driving car by Google. When can we let our cars take the wheel, KITT-style? Google's chairman Eric Schmidt, thinks driving cars will be the norm in our lifetime.
British Airways recently announced it will begin Googling first and business class customers. This would provide check-in staff the details needed to provide these fliers with more customized service, according to the company. While some will no doubt appreciate the special attention, those who value their privacy might take issue with the practice.
I am exactly the person who should be excited about Google's "social" media player: I have room in my life for a streaming media gizmo — right now I lean on my Xbox 360, but have always been Roku curious — I use an Android smartphone as my primary device and I'm always in the market for innovative gadgets. That, and it simply looks like a gadget you want to own. I was immediately taken with it. With its round body and bold LED stripe, it looks like a cannonball fired out of the world of Tron. Yet, painfully, I find myself the opposite of excited. Make no mistake, the Nexus Q is one hot little piece of hardware. It does a lot of amazingly smart things. At the same time, a few key choices by Google has effectively knock the legs out from under Q, and put a wall up between user and device. So, yes, that's not a typo: here are the zero reasons why you should plunk your money down for the Nexus Q.