Microsoft and Google have been two of the biggest names in the world of technology, and both the companies have been racing for bigger and better things in recent times. Here are two amazing projects which the two companies have been taking up.
While Google aims at using the solar energy of the sun, Microsoft intends to use the tidal energy and the cooling power of the deep oceans as the company goes under the waters to come out with their underwater data center.
Google To Provide 5G Internet With Solar Powered Drones
Yes, you read that right. Google is all set to take the world of technology to the next level! The company has been working on solar-powered drones which will help beam 5G internet to the users.
The project is being called ‘project skybender’. As per The Guardian, this project from Google “Aims to use high-frequency millimeter wave transmitters that could be used to provide next-generation 5G wireless Internet access.”
The millimetre wave technology is a technology which has been used by Army in the past, and it can transmit data up to 40 times faster than 4G LTE technology. This technology has also been used in airport body scanners.
Google is currently testing this at Spaceport America in New Mexico, with the help of solar-powered drones which have been built by Google Titan.
Microsoft Opens Underwater Data Center
While Google was busy reaching the heights of the sky, Microsoft was exploring the depths of the ocean. The company is now working on a data center which will be built underwater! This eliminates many problems that the companies of the future might face – the biggest being the cost of air conditioning.
This Underwater Data Center operation is being called ‘Project Natrick’ by the company.
Keeping the high-speed data-transfer speed constant takes a heavy toll on the devices and heats them up rather quickly. The company needs to ensure that the temperatures remain cool, and what better place to do this than ocean floors!
The company also intends to put in turbines along with these data centers to harness the power of the tidal energy and to convert it into electricity.
“When I first heard about this I thought, ‘Water … electricity, why would you do that?’ ” said Ben Cutler, a Microsoft computer designer who is one of the engineers who worked on the Project Natick system. “But as you think more about it, it actually makes a lot of sense.”