Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Google April 1 Announcements

Today, April 1, Google made a number of announcements:

  1. Google Books announced they made some headway with one type of volume they've struggled with in the past - books employing scratch and sniff technology. Using special equipment and tricky JavaScript, they're now able to capture some of the smells during the scanning process and then embed them in your web browser when you preview these titles in Google Book Search.

    Intrigued? Here are a few aromatic examples:
    The Cheese Companion
    Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide
    The Science of Chocolate
    Gorillas in the Mist

  2. Google Australia announced the creation of gDay with MATE technology to search content on the internet before its created. According to Google, it spiders crawl publicly available web information and their index of historic, cached web content. Using a mashup of numerous factors such as recurrence plots, fuzzy measure analysis, online betting odds and the weather forecast from the iGoogle weather gadget, Google can now create a sophisticated model of what the internet will look like 24 hours from now.

Enjoy! All in fun. Knowing what will be on the internet tomorrow would save a lot of genealogy searching time, but I'm not sure what genealogists could do with the scratch and sniff technology. Google usually makes many April Rool's announcements. Can you find any more?

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