Timeline: Alphabet's Moonshots
A timeline of Google's parent company Alphabet's vaunted "moonshot" investments - those high-tech items that get lots of headlines but have nothing to do with its main search business and contribute little to its bottom line.
Alphabet first tested high speed fiber-optic Internet service using a rarely used wireless frequency that can transmit large amounts of data. Alphabet Fiber has since launched in several cities across the U.S., including Kansas City, Austin and Atlanta.REUTERS/George Frey
Along with Amazon, Alphabet has embarked on a package delivery system using drone technology. Alphabet has already flown prototypes in Australia. But the delivery machines can’t fly commercially yet.REUTERS/COURTESY OF GOOGLE
Alphabet bought Nest Labs, a smart thermostat and smoke-detector, for $3.2 billion dollars gaining a foothold into the smart home market. But like Google Glass, Nest also raised privacy concerns.REUTERS/George Frey
The project uses a network of solar-powered, high-altitude balloons to
bring reliable Internet to remote locations around the world.REUTERS/Yudhi Mahatma/Antara Foto
The wearable technology cost $1,500 each and allowed users to check emails and record videos through their lenses. But the gadget raised privacy concerns and the company stopped selling the prototype of the device in 2015.REUTERS/Adrees Latif
Apple, Ford and Alphabet are all betting on driverless cars, even though laws aren't even on the books yet for the technology.REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
SEOUL South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday a thaw in relations between the two Koreas ahead of next month's Winter Olympics presented a "precious chance" for the United States and North Korea to discuss the North's weapons programs.