Queensland, Australia– Google’s Project Wing, which aims to deliver goods via self-flying vehicles, has been two years in the making. So far the project has successfully airdropped a dog treat to a hungry canine. Congratulations Google. All of your research and development has paid off for man’s best friend to enjoy a delicious afternoon snack from the sky.
Google admits that this test is merely the beginning, and even with this simple idea, they could be on their way to something extraordinary. With the recent outbreaks of deadly diseases such as Ebola, this expensive doggie snack-delivery service could find its way into the business of saving lives. In the not so distant future, Project Wing could be used to safely airdrop vaccines for entire villages under strict quarantines. In these cases, the ability to safely deliver and receive materials is a necessity.
Google is also working on an Internet balloon called Project Loon. But this balloon won’t be coming in any cartoon shapes or be at any birthday parties (although it may be the party’s Internet supplier). These balloons float in the stratosphere and use algorithms and wind power to form one giant, connected network that is able to reach very rural areas without access to any connectivity.
As doctors are increasingly shifting towards mobile and video consultation, patients need to be prepared with the necessary tools to make the shift as well. As elementary as it may sound, the connected patient movement is only possible when patients have the ability to become connected. Currently 5 billion people on the earth are not being reached. To bridge this immense gap, we have Project Loon.
Posted by Zach Gerber