Google has been hard at work on a series of new ideas. In addition to the 8-bit version of Google Maps revealed yesterday, several others were announced today. First up is Gmail Tap, which replaces the 26 characters of the alphabet with just two, the dot and the dash. This makes Gmail remarkably similar to Morse code, and any sailors out there should be right at home. Other features include the ability to write two e-mails at once and predictive text mode. Future additions to this technology include using the flash on your phone to communicate via light.
Next up is a partnership with NASCAR that will put the Google autonomous race car up against all of the human drivers on the circuit, a true battle of man vs. machine. Google has been working on its self-driving car project for years, and this seemed like a logical step to take. If the Google car can handle racing alongside dozens of other cars at speeds greater than 200 MPH, then surely it can get you from your home to grocery store without any issues.
Finally there is Google Really Advanced Search, for when Advanced Search just isn't enough. With more than ten different fields to refine your search, finding exactly what you want should be easier than ever.