Google is always on the forefront of innovation, and the company’s latest project is both simple and remarkable. Google has unveiled ‘Project Loon,’ a program that launches gigantic ‘internet-balloons’ in order to bring the Internet to remote regions of the world where it is needed.
The project began testing in New Zealand, where last week Google launched 30 Internet-sharing balloons in the Canterbury region. The company plans to launch an additional 20 more. The balloons, which are similar to the ones used by the Discovery Channel to illuminate the safari during filming of ‘Planet Earth,’ use wind, solar power and “complex algorithms” to stay in a relatively fixed location. These balloons then communicate with antennas on the ground to provide Internet access to those areas.
Google wants to bring the Internet to the now two-thirds of the world that do not have capable internet services.