In another one of Google’s grand concept projects: the first being driver-less cars, which are now legal in California, and the second, Google’s Project Glass, comes another insane idea that may become reality. It’s important to know that Google [x]. the search engine’s special unit of thinkers, are responsible this third project — thus proving their continued ingenuity.
Basically, they want to use solar-powered, helium-filled hot air balloons to bring WiFi all over the world, at 3G or faster speeds. A pilot project in New Zealand has already begun, with 50 testers trying to connect to the networks via the balloons. According to Google, “more than half” of the countries in the southern hemisphere and for two out of three people on earth, internet access is pretty expensive, so anyone living the 40th parallel should take interest. The system is simple: the internet connection exists on the ground, is beamed up to the balloon, then amplified to different areas.
While it may be whimsical in its concept form, just like Google’s cars and Glass, it could also mature and become a viable solution.
Via: Google Blog, Project Loon (Google+), Project Loon