After Google's acquisition by the new umbrella Alphabet, the first new company created by the new conglomerate was just announced and it's doing incredible things.
Alphabet president Sergey Brin posted an article on Google+ explaining that what used to be called Google X Lab is going to become a standalone company under Alphabet with Andy Conrad as CEO. The team is composed by a mix of software engineers, oncologists and optics experts. You might wonder what oncologists and optics experts have to do with the digital giant, and the answer is that Alphabet is aiming to branch out into health, bringing concepts from R&D to actual clinical testing to "transform the way we detect, prevent, and manage diseases."
As Brin points out in the post:
3 years ago we embarked on a project to put computing inside a contact lens -- an immensely challenging technical problem with an important application to health. While I am delighted at the progress that project has made, I could not have imagined the potential of the initiative it has grown into -- a life sciences team with the mission to develop new technologies to make healthcare more proactive. The efforts it has spawned include a nanodiagnostics platform, a cardiac and activity monitor, and the Baseline Study.
A number of public projects that the company will continue to carry on range from Calico, which set its incredible goal to cure death, to what seem like more realistic but still unbelievably cool ideas such as smart contact lenses that can monitor the blood sugar levels in diabetics.
Here's a gallery with some other projects by Google:
Google's recent projects
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A Google Street View vehicle collects imagery for Google Maps while driving down a street in Calais, northern France, on July 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)
An attendee looks through a Legendary Pictures Inc. branded Google Cardboard VR (virtual reality) viewer during the Comic-Con International convention in San Diego, California, U.S., on Thursday, July 9, 2015. Comic-Con International is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to creating awareness of comics and related popular art forms. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A PrecisionHawk employee demonstrates a drone featuring LATAS (Low Altitude Tracking and Avoidance System) in Durham, North Carolina, U.S., on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Google Inc. is joining some of the biggest companies in technology, communications and aviation -- including Amazon.com Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and Harris Corp. -- in trying to create an air-traffic control system to prevent mid-air collisions. PrecisionHawk, a Raleigh, North Carolina, drone company with about 100 employees, began developing its own drone traffic control system because the large agriculture and oil companies it flies for wanted something to keep tabs on unmanned flights. Photographer: Jason Arthurs/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Google staff explain the new 'Internet Cycles' that are designed to bring Internet training to Indian villages after its launch in Mumbai on July 3, 2015. Tata Trusts and Google India launched a special program called Internet Saathi to empower women and their communities in rural India by enabling them to benefit from the Internet. The joint initiative is aimed at bridging the technology gender divide, which currently puts women in rural India at further risk of getting marginalized in the society as the world around them benefits from getting online. AFP PHOTO / INDRANIL MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)