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Google's Project Loon
Transcript of Google's Project Loon
is Google's ''crazy'' plan to build thousands of floating wireless networks made out of
. The idea is to bring internet access to the hardest to reach corners of the planet by using these
What are the of Loon?
The ability to provide internet to remote parts of the world.
The ability to connect to the internet when the power is out after a natural disaster.
The chance for teachers to teach children in villages remotely.
give doctors a way to give medical advice to those with no other options.
As universities move toward online courses, the opportunity to attend classes by people in the poorest parts of the world would be available. This would give these people a chance to gain a higher education.
give Google an opportunity to make money from ad revenue.
- Balloon-Powered Internet for
In June 2013 Google began a pilot experiment in New Zealand.
12 m tall & 15 m wide
The Professionals Explanation
are floated to an altitude of 12 miles above the Earth, well above where commercial aircraft fly. A series of stations on the ground bounce signals off 1000's of
carrying solar-powered radio transmitters, which also communicate between
. The high-altitude
circle the globe untethered, riding the winds along the 40th parallel. Once everything is connected the people on the ground will connect to their local network and start using the internet.
advantages and disadvantages
is susceptible to...
The eventual hardware failure. "repairs will be difficult"
The concern for where will the balloons land after depletion of helium. Could easily land in an inaccessible area or land on someone. "safety concern"
Internet privacy, this will give Google more power over consumer behavior.
This project will have a monopolistic tendency. Charging money for Project Loon and favoritism over Google products.
Interesting points from significant others.
Fellow balloonist Per Linstrand says,
"this will not work."
Raven Aerostar is in full support of Project Loon
and they should be:
they are the designer and manufacturer of the balloons
fact - helped build Felix Baumgartner's balloon
Bill Gates criticizes Project Loon. In an interview with former the Microsoft chief, Gates said, "When you’re dying of malaria, I suppose you’ll look up and see that balloon, and I’m not sure how it’ll help you."
Kevin Fitchard, a tech writer for GigaOm, says,
"What truly makes Project Loon a difficult undertaking is getting the world’s governments to agree to it."
's Mark Zuckerberg, announced his own "internet for everyone" called Internet.org. It's a partnership with the world's largest mobile technology companies that he said aims to "make Internet access available to the two-thirds of the world who are not yet connected."