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…The Gphone will wait?

Android

Google has finally released details about their phone plans, and despite rumors, it’s not going to be a Gphone.

Instead, Google announced the creation of the Open Handset Alliance, and specifically Android, “the first truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices. It includes an operating system, user-interface and applications — all of the software to run a mobile phone, but without the proprietary obstacles that have hindered mobile innovation.”

While it’s not an iPhone killer that most had hoped for, it does present some interesting opportunities for the mobile world, so stay tuned to see what they do with it.

[Open Handset Alliance]

[Via: Official Google Blog]

…You can either innovate, or you can die?

Innovate Or DieGoogle and Specialized have teamed up to create Innovate or Die, a Pedal-Powered Machine Contest that challenges you to create “an unheard-of, unprecedented pedal-powered machine, build it, and film it.

The only requirement is that the energy generated by the invention has human pedal-power as the original source.

The idea is to bring attention to innovation for the environment, and to show what can be done with a little manpower.

The best bike design earns the creator $5,000, and the top five finalists get a free bike.

Pedal Power!

[Innovate Or Die]

…Google is going to the moon?

Google Lunar X PRIZE

If you can land a craft on the Moon, roam around for 500 meters, take pictures with your craft, and then send a “Mooncast” back to Earth, Google wants to give you $20 million.

    The Mooncast consists of digital data that must be collected and transmitted to the Earth composed of the following:
    • High resolution 360º panoramic photographs taken on the surface of the Moon;
    • Self portraits of the rover taken on the surface of the Moon;
    • Near-real time videos showing the craft’s journey along the lunar surface;
    • High Definition (HD) video;
    • Transmission of a cached set of data, loaded on the craft before launch (e.g. first email from the Moon).

The Google Lunar X PRIZE is designed to spur on imaginations and innovation, though I think it’s taking place partly because Google wants to add Street View images of the Moon to their Google Maps software. Plus, it’s going to make for some awesome YouTube videos!

[Google Lunar X PRIZE]