1. What’s Google Lens?
Google Lens is a feature announced by Google during Google I/O 2017. It is designed for bringing up relevant information based on what your camera sees. For example, if you point your camera to a Wi-Fi sticker, the app will automatically connect to the Wi-Fi source that has been scanned. It is integrated with the Google Photos and Google Assistant apps.
2. What is Aquila?
Facebook has revealed its first full-scale drone, which it plans to use to provide internet access in remote parts of the world.
Code-named “Aquila”, the solar-powered drone will be able to fly without landing for three months at a time, using a laser to beam data to a base station on the ground.
The company plans to use a linked network of the drones to provide internet access to large rural areas. However, as with its Internet.org project, Facebook will not be dealing with customers directly, instead partnering with local ISPs to offer the services.
Jay Parikh, Facebook’s vice-president of engineering, said: “Our mission is to connect everybody in the world. This is going to be a great opportunity for us to motivate the industry to move faster on this technology.
3. What is Project Loon?
Project Loon is a research and development project being developed by Google X with the mission of providing Internet access.
Project Loon is a research and development project being developed by Google X with the mission of providing Internet access to rural and remote areas. The project uses high-altitude balloons placed in the stratosphere at an altitude of about 32 km (20 mi) to create an aerial wireless network with up to 3G-like speeds.