Google I/O 2015 ATAP Highlights

Google I/O 2015 has been pretty exciting. The search giant has announced lots of new technologies and projects. Google has announced the next generation Mobile OS – Android M along with the lots of inventions in Android wears and gadgets. But the most interesting part of the event were the Google ATAP sessions. Google has revealed their future projects in ATAP sessions. 

Google I/O 2015 was not just about Android and Mobile. Though they have announced tons of updates and new features in Android system and Android based devices. Google is investing significant time and energy in Google ATAP. That is Advance Technology and Projects.  It is a kind of a lab where experts from Google experiment and invent technology for the better future. Google has announced lots of exciting inventions in their ATAP sessions. Let’s take a look over what Google is bringing in community through Google I/O 2015.

Welcome to Project Jacquard
Project Jacquard

Project Jacquard has come as a complete surprise for the community. Google has partnered with Levi’s to weave conductive fiber into the clothes. The idea behind the project Jacquard is to create the touch sensitive textiles. Involving fiber in textile will create computer touch-pad style capabilities woven in your favorite jeans or sweater. You would be able to make a call or send a message by just brushing the garment’s touch sensitive part in certain manner. You can also send the data collected by this device to your smart phone or any other smart devices. According to Google it will look just like the normal yarn. Designers will have the flexibility to keep the touch sensitive part visible or completely invisible. They are working on making the sensor so small that users can’t even feel it. Though this hasn’t heavily explored by Google at the moment, but this technology is something that will create a revolution in the textile industry. So, be ready; Google is preparing smart clothes for you now.

Project Ara Demoed At Google I/O 2015 Live
Project Ara

Project Ara defines the modular approach towards the smart phones where users will be able to customize the hardware of the device as per their requirements. As Android and the open Handset Alliance is for software, Project Ara is for hardware. It has been talked a lot for a while, but finally community has got the first live demonstration of it in Google I/O 2015. Google Engineer Rafa Camargo has set up the whole phone from the scratch on the stage. It was running on the latest Android system. Interesting thing in the demonstration was that he has added the camera module after the whole phone was set up. Then he took the first public photo and shared it with the community. So, gone are the days when your smart phone becomes an obstacle within just one or two years. If you want a better keyboard just install the new keyboard layer from Google play and add it to your hardware. Same in the case of camera or memory or graphic capabilities. Though we don’t have any news from Google about when Project Ara will step out from the Google Lab, but it is going to be a game changer in the world of smart phones.

Welcome to Project Soli
Project Soli

Project Soli is Google’s another offering to the wearable technology. It is the new way of interacting with your smart gadgets. Google is hoping to redefine the wearable market. Imagine a sensor that can detect every movement and turns of your fingers that is also without depending on traditional touch-screen devices. This is what Project Soli is for you. It is a sensor as small as a grain of salt that can detect every small movement of your hand. This sensor uses the radar and radio frequency instead of camera to capture the movements.  Google has built “Full-gesture recognition pipeline” to understand the intention of human hand gestures. This technology is something that was thought first in 1920’s. But the Google ATAP team has put together the technology and product that will push the boundaries of the invention. Project Soli will completely change the way people interact with their smart devices.

Google I O 2015 Project Abacus ATAP
Project Abacus

Project Abacus seems to be the innovative version of Project Vault that deals with device security. Project Vault uses the MicroSD card to secure the device. Project Abacus is an intelligent and continuous way to customize the device security. It allows device access to every user based on the user behavior. It is a comparatively simpler project than others. Your smart phone will utilize information inside it to learn more about you. It will create a certain pattern using your typing pattern or voice characteristics to keep you safe. As device itself will start learning about users, it will be able to recognize the users accessing the device. If a primary user will be using the device it will allow certain permissions and if any other user will be accessing device this system will restrict them to access certain information. The device will be able to recognize the primary users through their typing pattern, voice characteristics, etc. Project Abacus will be the revolutionary step in the field of device security. There will be no need to remember your password now. But your device will remember you. Project Abacus is making smart devices even smarter for user recognition; it will definitely provide high-level security in any device.

So, these are some of the interesting future projects that Google engineers have discussed in this year’s Google I/O. Though Google has not declared any specific time when all these projects will be available for users. It looks like users have to wait for a long time (this year at least). No matter how much time it will take. Google has ensured the community about the better and secure future through Google I/O 2015 ATAP sessions.

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