We knew Alex as this person who would sometimes visit our co-workers and show them interesting demos of things that he and his teammates had recently made. So, we of course wanted to see those demos for ourselves! We tracked him down, and his teammate Chris, to learn more about what their team at Google does.
Turns out, the Airbender team is a small group of folks working on physical interaction research & development. Their main focus is to invent new ways for people to interact with computers. And in their quest to do so, they make a ton of different stuff –– including gesture recognition, computer vision, multi-device interactions, VR input, sound, haptics, bad ideas/mistakes/accidental discoveries, and more.