Google Labs – Interesting tools you may find useful

Google – the world’s largest search engine and the world’s most popular and visited website needs no introduction. Over the years Google’s experiments has been a mixture of innovation as well as technological advancement in the tech world. Apart from its famous social networking sites viz Myspace and Orkut that we all know of and some of its most popular products and top releases such as AdSense, Maps, Earth, Wave, Voice, Translate, Chrome browser, Chrome OS, etc here’s something known as Google Labs that you may not have noticed and may find interestingly useful in your day to day life.

What is Google Labs? Let us hear from the masters themselves:

Google Labs is a playground where our more adventurous users can play around with prototypes of somgoogle-labs-logoe of our wild and crazy ideas and offer feedback directly to the engineers who developed them. Please note that Labs is the first phase in a lengthy product development process and none of this stuff is guaranteed to make it onto Google.com. While some of our crazy ideas might grow into the next Gmail or iGoogle, others might turn out to be, well, just plain crazy.

So that’s that! Now here are a few experiments that I personally found most interesting that I’d like to share.

1) Image Swirl

Google Image Swirl organizes image search results into groups and sub-groups, based on their visual and semantic similarity and presents them in an intuitive exploratory interface. Try this tool to resolve an ambiguous query visually (apple, jaguar, beetle) or to explore a concept from different visual perspectives (Eiffel Tower, beach, impressionism).

Interesting? To try it out go to the following page: http://image-swirl.googlelabs.com/

2) Google Transliteration

Google Transliteration allows you to type phonetically using roman characters. Simply type a word the way it sounds in English and Google Transliteration will convert it to its local script. We currently support 13 languages: Arabic, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Persian, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

To try it out go to the following page: http://www.google.com/transliterate/

3) Fast Flip (I seriously recommend this one if you’re a frequent online news reader)

Blindingly fast overviews of headline pages of top newspapers.

To try it out, go to the following page: http://fastflip.googlelabs.com/

4) Code Search

Google Code helps you find function definitions and sample code by giving you one place to search publicly accessible source code hosted on the Internet, including archives (.tar.gz, .tar.bz2, .tar, and .zip), CVS repositories and Subversion repositories.

To try it out, go to the following page: http://www.google.com/codesearch

5) Script Converter

Can you speak a language but not read its script? If so, this tool is meant for you. With Script Converter, you can read the text in any script you want. We currently support several Indian languages as well as English.

To try it out, go to the following page: http://scriptconv.googlelabs.com/

So I’ve added 5 of google lab’s products that I think are the best so far. Feel free to leave your comments, if you need more just let us know and more will be added 🙂