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Wave hello to Google's latest project

Wave hello to Google's latest project

Google Wave offers real-time - to the point of seeing typos as they happen - collaborative communications in a range of media.

Google is set to release a new toy in the form of Google Wave – a unified communications platform.

Previewed at the Google I/O conference in San Fransisco last week – and opened up to a “small number of developers worldwide” afterwards – Google Wave is an attempt by everyone's favourite data warehouse to create a unified system for communicating via voice, text, photos, videos, maps, and more.

The general principle is that multiple users will be able to set up a collaborative environment known as a “wave.” In this wave, participants will be able to directly edit the contents or add replies – much like a wiki. Updates are made instantaneously, to the point of participants actually being able to see each individual letter as it is typed – a worrying thought for anyone who makes as many typos as I do.

Lars Rasmussen, Google's software engineering manager, believes that the traditional stalwarts of digital communications – e-mail and instant messaging – are feeling a little stagnant since they were developed in the sixties. Rasmussen hopes that Wave will act as “a new communications model that presumes all these advances” such as blogs, wikis, collaborative document workspaces and the like “as a starting point.

Two years in development, Wave isn't quite ready for the big-time yet – with still some way to go before even entering the beta stage that so many Google products appear to languish in. That said, the company has an impressive range of plans for the technology – including a full set of APIs which will allow developers to build their own interfaces and add-ins, include Google Wave integration in their own applications, or simply embed Waves into their websites.

Perhaps best of all, Google is planning to offer Wave under an open-souce licence with full access to the source code – much as the company already does with its popular Android Linux-based mobile platform.

Although Wave isn't open to the public yet, Google has put a video demonstration up for the curious.

Does Wave look like the future of communications to you, or is it nothing more than a real-time wikiw ith a small audience? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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UncertainGod 1st June 2009, 13:39 Quote
After watching the video it is clear that Wave brings together the very best elements of all forms of communication & collaberation on the web, bangs a viewable timeline onto it (genius) and then lets you do whatever the hell you want.

In short it is made from the finest cheesecake the world has ever known.
DriftCarl 1st June 2009, 13:40 Quote
I watched a good portion of the video and was quite impressed with this. I like the idea of "what email would be like if we only just invented it today" is a good one. I can see it being quite useful for everday communication. I can even see it useful as a helpdesk system, and embedding the whole "wave" into a website was impressive too. I am looking forward to having a go.
Goty 1st June 2009, 13:42 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by UncertainGod
In short it is made from the finest cheesecake the world has ever known.

We should get some of that to the BT guys for a follow-up to their last cheesecake article =P
FrankieG33 1st June 2009, 14:40 Quote
this is going to be great. they seem to have every aspect of communication broken down in the most basic collaberative forms. the fact that you can start replying to instant messaging type talking before the other is done is going to be great. you speed through a conversation that would take 10 seconds in real life in about that time by typing vs having to wait for each complete thought to be first thought then typed. being able to extract just the main article once it has been edited, being able to extract slideshows, they all sound like great tools for collecting infromation you need easily. the extension function makes this even better as anyone who has a good idea (spell check, translation, link finding were done by google) like text to calling, video messaging, checking itinerary. that said they do need to iron some things out. first stability will obviously be much greater in 'beta' form and second an ability to integrate, edit, export, and print actual .doc files, .pdf, .exc, and then some (which can be easily done with the extensions).
so to put it simply, im very excited.
Grasshopper 1st June 2009, 16:04 Quote
Can't wait. iv'e been drooling in waves ever sense I watched the video. If Wave is what it looks like in the presentation it will change many things on the Internet.
And finally: Icland is icland. :)
HourBeforeDawn 1st June 2009, 19:51 Quote
wow Im impressed cant wait to get my hands on this
zelox991 9th July 2009, 07:07 Quote
This is really incredible as it will make communication so much more efficient!
Wonder if BT will incorporate Wave to it's discussion board when it comes out.
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