June 22, 2013
Google Reportedly Working On Item Cataloging, Sharing Service
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
Google has announced it is preparing a new service that will allow users to keep track of the items they own and potentially share them with friends in some of their circles.
The program, which is being called Google Mine, is currently being tested internally at the Mountain View, California-based tech giant, Google Operating System’s Alex Chitu reported in a Friday blog post.
According to Chitu, Google Mine appears to allows users to organize and catalog their belongings, review lists created by their Google+ friends, send requests to borrow other people’s stuff or even allow them to loan or give away some of the items they no longer want or need.
“Users will reportedly be able to enter information about any object they want to share and then label those objects as ‘lent,’ ‘given away,’ ‘got it back,’ ‘lost it,’ or ‘had in the past,’” Florence Ion of Ars Technica explained. “They can then post a video about the object, write a review, add it to a wishlist, or link others to buy it with their Google Shopping accounts.
“There is also a control where your Google+ circles can see the items you’re putting up for grabs and a 3D viewer called Katamari that uses WebGL to display 360-degree views of objects,” she added. “The service sounds a bit like Google’s version of Craigslist, with the company’s social network thrown into the mix.”
Chitu and CNET’s Don Reisinger also report a mobile app dedicated to the service appears to be in the works, as a Google Mine program for Android is currently available for download in the company’s internal software marketplace, Bazaar.
The app also appears to include some type of 3D viewer that would display the objects, though as TechCrunch writer Frederic Lardinois pointed out, it isn’t entirely certain at this point how a person would get those models into the app itself.
“Google is obviously not the only company interested in this kind of real-world tracking,” Lardinois added. “Mine, a start-up that launched last December and that probably doesn’t have the exact same name by coincidence, is also working on giving its users the ability to track the things they own, but with a focus on what they’ve bought online. This service, though, seems to be more focused on e-commerce than on the sharing economy.”