Google X is a wonderfully mysterious place. A secret lab managed and used by some of Google’s brightest minds, it’s the home of modern moonshot thinking. A house for ideas that completely abandon judgement and limitations. Already responsible for a wide array of projects, like Glass and driverless cars, Google X is getting ready to unveil its next discovery in the coming month.
Speaking at SXSW, Google X’s Captain of Moonshots, Astro Teller, touched on what it’s like to work on ideas at Google X, and again touched on the philosophies that Google X was founded on. We’ve heard it several times before, but it bears repeating. The folks working at Google X really are dedicated to changing the world around them. “You have to have a group of people dedicated to throwing almost everything away,” in Teller’s words. Countless ideas are developed at Google X, but only a select few ever become a reality.
The most recent big project to see the light of day is Google Glass. Which in a short amount of time, has gone from pipe-dream-esque alpha hardware, to a robust, promising piece of wearable computing. Glass has nearly become a household name, and it’s not even available to the public yet. Some may try to invalidate Glass’ real world usefulness, but there’s no denying it’s one of the most innovative pieces of consumer technology to come out in the last five to ten years. Google’s driverless cars are another Google X creation that is impressive to say the least.
There’s no telling what Google X will unveil to the world next, but Teller says that it’s coming soon. Within the next month, we should see what Google X has ready for us. The only thing Teller would reveal is that it’s not a space elevator, capable of taking human beings into outer space.
The next couple months are going to be intense for Google and its fans alike. Next month Google X is set to announce something big, and the month after that is Google I/O, where we’ll presumably see Android Key Lime Pie and the successor to the Nexus 7. What are you most excited for?