Google Testing Experimental Devices In Hundreds Of Employees’ Homes

SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) — Google is testing 252 “mystery” devices in its employees’ homes, but what the device is, nobody outside of Google knows.

Google recently applied for an experimental license with the Federal Communications Commission for an unnamed entertainment device.

The device is still early in development as testing is set to see if the device works properly and to “reveal real world engineering issues and reliability of networks.”

One possibility that was suggested was the device is related to the Android@home framework, where Google promises to allow users to control appliances such as lights and alarm clocks through an Android device.

Another possibility is that it could be another version of Google TV.

Google TV was released in 2010 and received mediocre reviews. The product was considered a failure.

However, with the rumor of the Apple TV coming, and the media capabilities of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 being expanded recently, Google might want to throw its hat in the ring for another round.

  • Mark

    Most evil company that ever existed. I’m sure the new device spies on you and reports to every government agency that ever existed anywhere, just like everything else Google does for money.

    • Patriot

      Bull, it’s to shield their WiFi network.

    • Jeffrey W. Griffith

      Absolutely agree. Google must be destroyed! It is as evil as the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security.

    • James Mac

      Mark, your mommy called and she wants you back in the garage this instant. Seriously, you sound like a paranoid, delusional flea…..

      • stupid drones

        Jimmy Mac–

        Why don’t you go read the new Google user agreement. Then come back after your mommy has wiped your rear and we will have an intelligent discussion of what Google really is.

        In the agreement that you can not opt out of, you agree that Google can retain data related to your location and usage of the internet and may AT THEIR discrestion report this to any private of public agency WITHOUT your permission.

        Now also remember that a very senior member of the Google management team now works as the de-facto CTO for the Obama administration.

        Or—maybe you get your paycheck and your soul from Sergey and his trolls?

        Google doesnt give a rat’s a** about you or your privacy. All Google cares about is keeping track of you for their friends.

        Go search the government patent files. Google is the ONLY company that has been approved to build data centers on ships in international waters and has an agreement from the Obama administration that the military will protect those ships “when requested”.

    • Kyle Hikalea

      Buncha mad Apple users in here. Google is one of the most political neutral and transparent companies out there. If this were legitimate cause for worry, you wouldn’t know about it (Aka geocaching your gps coord’s every 3 hours? iFools.)

      • c mac of 22911

        Google politically neutral….HAHAHAHA!

      • Carl Jensen

        Kyle, Google’s tracking makes the IPhone look like a joke. Google already admitted to gather WiFi information as it drives the streets collecting map a.k.a. Steetview photos and coordinates as well as recording every search you make along with numerous other web browsing habits. Mr. Schmidt of Google works for the administration and has been quoted saying that people shouldn’t be concerned about privacy if they aren’t doing anything wrong–which in the Obama regime, can be a flavor of the day crime. Schmidt would have made an excellent Gestapo officer. Transparent? Wake up.

      • stupid kyle


        Google was sued because they refused to release financial information that is required by any public company.

        If they were so transparent, why is this a secret device? Kyle, quit sucking at google’s tit.

    • zeeuge

      and who do you report to?

      • Jim Justice

        Who do any of you report to

      • feeugu

        What an asinine reply. Do you salivate when someone rings a bell as well?

      • Ryan

        I am convinced the proverbial S is hitting the fan. We are being lied to, spied on and raped and we are giving companies and the government the power to do so. I am just carefully preparing my family to handle any eventuality that could occur and I urge you if you are not prepared now is the time to get prepared. We will make it America we just need to be prepared for anything that occurs and speak out against these huge privacy encroachments!

        Everything you could possibly need to survive an apocalyptic disaster, don’t rely on the federal government! :

      • FrankM

        Thanks Ryan, good site. Peace.

    • Defund NPR

      Google = Federal Gov
      Federal Gov = Google
      Neither has your best interests in mind
      Both are evil

      • Patriot

        Turn off the whole neighborhood?

      • Joe Blow


        If you are big and smart and successful and make products or provide services that people want and might need, there are always idiots who will go after you and try to take you down. What is it? Envy? Insecurity? Fear? Dissatisfaction? Group Think? No Brains?

      • TheRealKingMax

        So far, you’re the closest to getting it right…..

        Think higher up the food chain.

      • grundoon

        Joeblow–I think it’s a combination of envey and no brains.

      • Team America

        Is the federal government not to be trusted these days? They’ve grown so much bigger in the past 3 years, I just don’t know.

      • WasabiNinja

        If you dont like it, dont use it.

      • Evrim

        JasonViens23 on January 31, 2011 that was hirborle lol hahahaha.. im so happy mine didnt go that bad.. a bit of advice to all future best men.. dont try to be a inevative hero.. look up some good speeches take some good points from a few of them then impliment your own touch on them.. its a stressfull moment there is nothing wrong with a little help

      • Ryan

        Totally agree. Oh because people love Google and trust it they don’t worry about the company eventually falling into the wrong hands? The government took over GM why not Google? What if Yahoo starts succeeding and Google is determined to be to big to fail?

    • Not Kidding @ All

      -most- evil? rofl. Try M.O.N.S.A.N.T.O or perhaps Tea Ess Ayy (Terrorist Servants of America).

    • anon

      yup – google started by CIA funding.

      • Mishma

        Arab Spring started from google…

  • jason

    great article… a company that is constantly turning out new products…is working on another product. thanks for the heads up.

  • Chris

    “Google TV was released in 2010 and received mediocre reviews. The product was considered a failure.”

    Uhm, really?! Who does this reporting? You clearly know nothing about what you just wrote. The only thing that failed was Logitech to compete with Sony’s Blu-Ray player with Google TV built in. Logitech threw in the towel. Google TV is still technically in BETA, and was JUST upgraded to Android 3.2 and Ice Cream Sandwhich isn’t too far behind.

    Several other major players in the TV industry are going to be releasing Google TV products over the course of the next 6 – 8 months.

    Why don’t you do some research before making stupid statements like, “The product was considered a failure”.

    • Andrew

      Again, why don’t you do some research? Everyone in the tech industry agrees that “Google TV” was a failure. Again, Logitech dropping it had absolutely nothing to do with Sony. And many people didn’t even care for the Google TV add on with the Sony Blu-Ray player either. Do your homework before blasting a writer for agreeing with the majority of the tech world. Major networks are blocking Google TV, there is little content, the interface isn’t very well designed and there is limited functionality or versatility to it that you can’t get somewhere else for far, far cheaper.

      • akk

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      • Chris

        I read up on the Google TV product nearly every day. Every single Tech website I go on is STILL writing articles about Google TV updates, upgrades, new features, upcoming features, etc…

        Best Buy can’t even keep the Sony Blu-Ray Google TV player in stock. I ordered mine, and had to wait over a week. I went to my best buy last week, and they said they STILL cannot keep up with the demand.

        So, whatever “tech” people you communicate with, are a little behind times.

        Google TV was just updated with Android 3.2 which greatly enhanced its capabilities, as well as opened the doors for developers to more easily create apps, and content for it.

        Google TV is essentially the same as android on the phones, but for your tv. It is an operating system. It DOES have its uses, above and beyond any other product available out there right now. You clearly have no idea what Google TV is, or where it’s headed. You are a late-adapter. You can’t see a solid new product when it’s staring you in the face.

        It’s ok though – When you finally jump on the bandwagon, I’ll come over to your house to help you set it up =)

  • MyDarkSide

    Mark, not to mention shutting down your home resources either when the need is felt or if the home occupant(s) aren’t complying over some issue…..

    • Chris

      Make sure you pull out the tin foil hats tonight! The aliens are coming! =|

    • Billiam Hillary

      You are not complying now. We will be shutting you down.

  • Cis

    how sad cbs got sucked into google pr ploy. only google would have released info about “mystery” device. cbs took the bait and provided free pr to get other outlets speculating, creating buzz.

  • Michael
  • Jim

    Skynet 0.1 ?

    • Google Pure Evil

      Pretty sure it’s a credit card reader with a Google logo on it. All proceeds go to Barry’s campaign.

      • Roro

        Lauren,Nope, you’re not gullible, it’s slpmiy buying triggers’ that these dudes are hitting. Scarcity, fear of loss these are very powerful and are used to make you want to buy without really thinking about it. Now watch out for those Better Business Bureau looking sites most of them are the worst! Because another powerful buying trigger is when you’re made to feel safe with the don’t get scammed line.In reality most of those sites are just using yet another tactic to sell you a product.What is best is when you get a sample before you need to buy, when you can actually develop a relationship with the creator before you slap down your credit cardGood times indeed!Jonny

  • yarply

    Gee. I hope this experimental devise is safe. The neighbors who live next to these employees may be at risk from a secret devise being tested in public without the consent of all who maybe effected. Is it even legal for a residential home to be used as a commercial research facility for a major corporation? Is there a fire hazard?

    • yarply

      Hopefully the employees are not testing the devices ON there neighbors. lol

      • yarply


        Give it a break. Even English teachers don’t agree to the proper usage of effected or affected. Generally it’s agreed by most grown ups, that as long as you spell well enough too get your idea or thought across it’s of no value to correct others over such a trivial matter. So maybe you should take your own advise but instead of learning hoe to spell, you could learn how to act like an adult.

      • Chris

        Yarply, you need to learn how to spell. “devise”? Really? “effected”? Really?

        I think you mean, “device” and “affected”.

        You have your tin foil hate on too tightly, methinks.

      • yarply

        Chris .

        Been a long day huh?.. So how long have you been using the spelling and grammar lines. It must get pretty monotonous -or is that monogamist?- saying the same stuff all the time.

        Though I guess it may beat your other choice. Which would be grunting.

    • yarply


      ef·fect (-fkt)
      1. Something brought about by a cause or agent; a result.
      2. The power to produce an outcome or achieve a result; influence:

      tr.v. ef·fect·ed, ef·fect·ing, ef·fects
      1. To bring into existence.
      2. To produce as a result.
      3. To bring about.

      • Chris

        I hope you were backing me up on my correction of your verbage, because in the sense that the word “effected” was used in that paragraph is an incorrect useage. Please see the correct useage below.

        af·fect·ed1 Show Spelled[uh-fek-tid] Show IPA
        1. acted upon; influenced.
        2. influenced in a harmful way; impaired, harmed, or attacked, as by climate or disease.
        3. (of the mind or feelings) impressed; moved; touched: She was deeply affected by their generosity.

      • Chris


      • Chris

        Using your ignorant, uneducated, illiterate, comprehensive reading challenged pattern of thought, his sentence would look like this….

        “The neighbors who live next to these employees may be at risk from a secret devise being tested in public without the consent of all who maybe effected (Produce as a result. To bring about. To bring into existence. A result. The power to produce an outcome or achieve a result.”

        Now, use the correct word, “AFFECTED” in that same sentence.

        “The neighbors who live next to these employees may be at risk from a secret devise being tested in public without the consent of all who maybe AFFECTED. (Influenced. Acted upon. Influenced in a harmful way. Impaired. Harmed. Attacked. Impressed. Moved. Touched.)”

        You scare me. Are you the product of our public schools these days?

      • yarply

        Chris Sorry man. You got me laughing so hard I almost wet myself.

  • Chris


    • yay4u

      Oh lookee. Another self appointed comment cop and grammatician.Can’t get enough of their pursed lips and sneers, can we? Yes, yes Chris, everyone’s stupid. We sure wish you could get laid instead.

      • RicardoCabeza

        being able to spell and use grammar correctly gets you laid you incompetent boob. Nobody likes an illiterate lout such as yourself that’s why at 21 you’re still punching the clown. n your parents basement virgin. By the way you should get the money back from your GED class and get me some fries with that order chief.

      • yarply


        I know. Its generally because they don’t have an original idea one and subconsciously, down in the substrata of their brain pan they feel elevated emotionally by nit picking about things that more mature and adult people could care less about. I have seen it in childhood behavioral studies. It’s comical. I get a good chuckle.

  • hopefull

    I propose that this is a new, wireless, adhoc, network device that does away with the Government controlled, wired for Money, spy internet we have now.

    Pure, unadulterated, peer2peer networking at it’s best

    • Harry Reid the Donkey Honker

      Actually –

      Because the Internet has become so hacked, targeted, and most likely to be shut down by Comrade Obama:

      The Google device is a digital modem that transmits via shortwave.

      We’re going back to the old BBS sites – yay!

  • thinker

    Whatever it’s intention you can be damn sure it’s ultimate goal will be either to control you or spy on you in some way.

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  • Android

    FUTUREDATABANK*COM reported that Google is aligned with the ELITE banking system to spy on everyone in their homes thru a fish eye lens.

  • Mr Tada

    Google was not nice to ‘an employee’ once, so now they say Touché ! The ‘device’ is a complex sensor worn much like a hat. It scans the wearer’s Alpha, Theta and Beta brainwaves then converts them into word and action thought patterns which are then digitized and then input into a computer. It eliminates the 130+ year old Keyboard and Mouse. You merely ‘think’ what you want the computer to do, it interprets it and then does it. The ‘Device’ is related to a project prototyped thru DARPA. TaDa.

  • Halo

    Clearly a Cylon device. DO NOT network it!

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  • Captain Obvious

    Google: I can turn on my own alarm clock. Thanks.

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  • walter12

    Since Google is in league with the monster Obama, anything is possible. Maybe, it is a Big Brother device. In that the creature Obama is Orwellian and Stalinistic, anything can happen today.

  • Tea Ice

    Yawn! An Android based landline desk phone phone.with wifi, which is also used to locate to get the location of the device much like GPS in a cell phone.. Charges from phone line.

    Doubles as a home fire and secuirty alarm. Calls out when trouble detected.

    Knowing Google they’ll be eavesdropping for the feds.

  • J.V.

    Do these devices have anything to do with the tattooed barcodes marks that Google inked on their employees’ heads?

  • Defund NPR

    I’m done with creepy Google – they’re right up there with M$. Actively looking for something akin to Gmail, but based in another country.

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  • eneils

    It’s a secret device that the preverts at Google have invented that will harvest your bodily fluids while you sleep at night.
    It’s code named the the “mosquito project.”
    Don’t tell anyone, it’s a secret.

  • Mot

    Duh, it’s a tablet.

  • Mot

    No seriously, I have no idea. Full moon tonight though.

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