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6 underrated Google projects you may have missed

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Troy Schindler
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Google has a lot going on.

The company recently revealed Google Home, an Amazon Echo competitor; the Assistant platform powering it; two new chat apps, Allo and Duo; a new virtual reality platform for Android; as well as Android Instant Apps, a way to stream apps without having to install them.

Although these upcoming products are hogging the spotlight, some of the more interesting projects Google is working on are shrouded in secrecy.

Its hardware division — ATAP, or Advanced Technology and Projects, is known for its moonshots, the crazy projects that take impossible ideas and make them possible.

At Google I/O, ATAP quietly gave some updates on its most popular moonshots: Project Jacquard, an attempt at smart clothes; Project Soli, a move towards gesture tech; and Project Ara, a truly modular smartphone.

These products may still not be in consumer hands — but Google demonstrated that the technology is definitely real and not as far away as you d think.

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