We make the impossible, impossible.
By Adam Conover
INT. GOOGLE X LABS
PAVEL, a Google engineer, stands in a sleek Google lab.
Pavel is a typical Google engineer type, a slightly awkward
Eastern European who's still a little nerd-cool. He speaks
with a slightly stilted accent.
I'm Pavel, an engineer at Google X
Labs. Today we're going to preview
some of the exciting new
technologies that Google will be
bringing to life in the near
Pavel stands in a sparsely decorated lab.
Ever since we released the concept
video for Google Glass, the whole
world has been buzzing our
augmented reality glasses. Here's
what we think the final product
will look like.
He holds up a pair of super sleek empty frames.
As you can see, very stylish. Hugo
here is wearing our first working
He gestures to the side, where another engineer, HUGO, is
wearing a huge contraption of glass and exposed wires that
wraps around his entire head.
We're still working on the
hardware, the software, the
interface, and on getting the
He gestures. Three huge car batteries dangle from his belt.
But Project Glass will be ready to
go any day now.
Pavel holds up another pair of glasses.
We were also thinking the frames
could come in tortoiseshell.
EXT. GOOGLE X LABS
Pavel stands in front of the lab building.
Next, there is Google's amazing
self-driving car, which we debuted
in our super-cool YouTube video
The self-driving car inches slowly into frame behind him.
And although it's currently illegal
for it to be on the road in --
(he check his clipboard)
-- any state, we think the idea of
being driven around by a robot car
is really awesome.
The car starts gently bumping into a wall, like a Roomba
stuck in a corner.
INT. GOOGLE X LABS
Pavel walks through a hallway.
What other dreams are we bringing
Pavel stops at a door that's next to a blown-up photo of
Michael J. Fox hoverboarding in BTTF.
One word: Hoverboards.
Pavel opens the door: Behind it is an engineer RANDALL
standing on a skateboard that's up on two cinder blocks. A
crowd of investors stand nearby.
It's gonna be just like this,
except I'm FLYING!
The investors all applaud wildly. Pavel closes the door and
starts walking-and-talking down the hall again.
No matter how impossible, Google is
going to make your fantasies a
reality. Next year, we'll be
releasing the Google Talking Dog...
He passes PIA, a female engineer, trying to teach a dog to
Good morning Scraps!
And soon after that, our real life
Behind him, PETE, an engineer with a bunch of steak knives
duct taped to his hand slashes at a dummy. The knives all
fall to the floor with a clatter.
Shipping in 2013!
Now, we know these projects look a
little half-baked. But cut us a
break -- we're an internet search
company! We don't know how to build
cars or magic glasses! But in here
is the nerve center of the
He opens a final door. In contrast to the sparse, empty labs
we've seen previously, this room is full of SERIOUS
ENGINEERS focused intently on COMPLICATED WORKSTATIONS.
This is where we make the concept
He approaches SANDRA, a serious looking engineer who looks
like she works at NASA by way of CSI. She's editing
furiously and purposefully.
We just put up a new video, and it
already has over ten million views.
Can we take a look, Sandra?
We push in on the screen, which fades to:
INT. BROOKLYN APARTMENT - USER'S POV
Sun streams into a Brooklyn apartment as generically
uplifting indie music plays. The user's POV, overlaid with
Google Glass graphics, looks down as he cleans his real-life
Wolverine claws. He turns his head to see A GOLDEN RETRIEVER
is panting at him.
Ok. Where's the nearest pet food
A map appears on the HUD.
Ok. Mr. Buttles, would you bring my
hoverboard around please?
Mr. Buttles, a robot butler with a Google logo on it,
shuffles in carrying a hoverboard. MR. BUTTLES (robotic
YOUR HOVERBOARD, SIR.
He tosses the hoverboard down. It catches itself just above
the ground. The POV "hops on."
You're my best friend, Sam.
Right back atcha buddy.
TEXT: "Google. It'll happen. We swear."