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Google’s Platform Extends its Reach With Android@Home

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Google’s Platform Extends its Reach With Android@Home @ Wired.com

The first Android smartphone came in 2008. Then in 2010, the platform appeared on tablets. Now, Android wants to move into your home.

At its I/O developer conference on Tuesday, Google showed a sneak preview of its Android@Home project, which will extend the Android platform into household objects. That means some day in the future, you could control home appliances — your dishwasher, the heating system, the lights in your house — using your Android device as a remote control.

“Think of your phone as the nucleus that this all started with,” said Google engineering director Joe Britt in an interview. “We’re opening the platform up to everyone to do whatever they can imagine.”

…The Arduino hardware platform is an ideal choice for Google’s extension of Android into physical computing. It’s very popular in the open-source hardware modification community due to its relative inexpensiveness, ease of use for beginners, and most importantly, its freely available software tools.


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4 Comments

  1. Does anyone know where to find out more about the wireless mesh protocol Google is/has developed. I understand its not Z-Wave or Zigbee, but something new. I wish everyone would settle on something, so we can move forward and not have to chose one protocol to bet on.

  2. Well, this is just awesome. Been waiting for someone like Google to throw out an end-to-end platform (hardware and software) for people to cost effectively enter this space in volume!

  3. My sense from the keynote was that there’s no new RF mesh involved…that it all runs over WiFi. I could be wrong.

  4. OK, Maggie’s wrong again. 🙂

    “The Android@Home framework requires a new wireless protocol technology inside the devices it can control and Google isn’t yet describing what this is other than saying it will be low bandwidth and low power.”

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