Sunday, June 16, 2013

What is Google's Project loon and how does it work

Project Loon by Google was born out of the idea - how to get the world connected. Because, a majority of the world is not connected to the internet. There are some remote places on earth, that don't have internet at all. There are other places where 1 out of every 10,000 people have internet. Fast connections not being available at all. A majority of the world is not connected to the internet. If you have a fast internet connection, you should feel blessed, most of us take it for granted. Google has come up with an idea so crazy it's being called Project Loon. Yes, it might be short for balloon - since it involves big balloons floating in the stratosphere. Google says that this might be the fastest and most cost-effective way to get people in the hinterlands connected to the internet. Testing of the project has already begun in New Zealand.

How it works.

Project Loon BalloonGoogle sends up big balloons in the sky, 20 kilometers high - plans fly below 10 kilometers; so no interference with air traffic. These are solar-powered and move with the winds that circle the globe. These balloons are connected with each, other and their control stations. Users have an antenna - shaped like a balloon that connect to these balloons in the sky. Internet is transmitted and everyone can stay connected. These balloons can also be brought down for maintenance and recycling once their life is over.

These balloons in the stratosphere follow air currents and can be controlled from the ground. These air-currents circle the earth in a west to east direction. So when one balloon leaves the area another one is ready to take its place. This way eventually, the entire earth can get fast and speedy internet connections. These speeds will be similar to 3G speeds of today and even faster.

You can read more here at Project Loon. Balloon-powered Internet for everyone.

Check the video below to know more

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