Neat Google Labs ideas

Google Labs is the playground where some of Google’s most popular and successful products are born, e.g. Gmail and Google Calender.

While some of the ideas might just be “plain crazy” (their words not mine) it’s still a great place to find the prototypes of the engineers who work at Google.

Google Sets

Google Sets is a tool to automatically create sets of items from a few examples. In other words you give it a few sample words lets say bake and boil, and it will give you a list of corresponding items like grill, steam, fry, roast, marinate, smoke, toast.

This is very useful for instance if you are doing brand research and you only know a couple of brands.

Generated set using the terms 'ray ban' and 'oakley'


Google Trends

Google Trends shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages.

It also gives you an insight to the most popular searches and topics that are currently happening.

Search volume for 3 popular music genres


Google Books Ngrams Viewer

Google Books Ngrams Viewer is like a Google Trends for books. It’s particularly useful if you want to see how often certain words or phrases have been used in books over time.

The rise of electric power


Google Body Browser

The Body Browser is a WebGL application that lets you explore the human body just like you can explore the world in Google Earth.

Detailed 3D body model

Note: WebGL is available, but not enabled by default in the latest Chrome (Chrome 8 at the time of this writing). Type about:flags in the address bar, click “Enable” next to “WebGL” and then click on “Restart now”.


Google Fast Flip

Fast Flip is a way to read a newspaper or article as if you are flipping through a bunch of different newspapers in your hands. Instead of clicking to different news sites you just click the left or right arrow to browse through the articles. Neat!

Thumbs view of popular articles


Google Goggles

Google Goggles is a brilliant Android application that lets you search and identify the web using your phone.

Translating a food menu

Translate a food menu, identify landmarks, books, art, logos using your phone.


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