Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google

July 13, 2018

At 6:40 in the morning, a klaxon horn sounds three times. “Gas!” a man in a hard hat and fluorescent vest yells out. There’s a hissing noise, and the helium starts flowing. From the tanks stacked like cordwood on a nearby truck, the gas moves through a series of hoses until it’s 55 feet up, then through a copper pipe and into the top of a plastic tube that hangs…


Google Glass gets a second life as a workplace tool

July 19, 2017

Image: Alphabet Reports of the death of Google Glass have been greatly exaggerated. Google launched the Google Glass Enterprise Edition (or Google Glass EE) on Tuesday, officially rebooting the wearable as a workplace tool, with Backchannel‘s Steven Levy first reporting the news. Instead of logging everyday life events, answering random search queries, and generally creeping everybody out, Glass will now be a staple of factory floors and emergency rooms. Workers…


Alphabets Verily offers a more serious take on health monitoring wearables with the Study Watch

May 27, 2017

Designed with long-term medical research in mind, the Study Watch has a vastly different set of hardware requirements than your standard smartwatch. The device was designed by Verily, the V in Googles Alphabet, which is devoted to serious medical studies like MS observation and contact lenses capable of monitoring wearers glucose level. The Study Watch will likewise be tasked with some important research, gathering vital signs for ongoing work like…


Google wants 10,000 people to let them monitor their health for 4 years

May 26, 2017

Google is looking for 10,000 volunteers.Image: Jeff Blackler/REX/Shutterstock Welcome, lab rats of the future. Google wants 10,000 of you in the United States to be their test dummies for four years so they can understand a lot more about health and the human body. And by Google, we mean Google’s parent company, Alphabet, which owns Verily, the company conducting this study. Stay with us now. SEE ALSO: Google Scholar might…