The company is holding its cards about Calico close to the vest, according to Time Magazine, which interviewed Larry Page about it. Google may use its core data-handling skills to shed new light on age-related maladies.
Sources close to the project suggest it will start small and focus entirely on researching new technologies.
When will that lead to something Google might actually sell? It’s anybody’s guess, says Time.
Google X projects include the driverless car, Google Glass augmented-reality spectacles, Makani Power, a startup that the company invested in and then bought outright in May, puts energy-generating wind turbines on flying wings that are tethered to the ground, and Project Loon which aims to deliver Internet access to remote areas from helium balloons hovering 12 miles in the sky.