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Google Android @ Home

Google announces Android @ Home framework for home automation and it will enable developers to build apps that can discover, connect and communicate with devices and appliances in the home.Android @ Home will use a new wireless protocol to communicate from electronic appliances in your home and google also showcased at I/O,project Tungsten which is the hardware reference design that runs the Android OS and the Android @ Home software framework…………

 

Google announced the Android Open Accessory and Android @ Home, which together paint pictures of a future where your various home devices are connected via Android as a protocol.Android@Home is a system for tying together home devices via Google-authored protocols and APIs.Android@Home, by contrast will connect a user’s Android device to other appliances in the home via a suite of new services that will be released at an undisclosed future time. Examples of this include “Project Tungsten,” a wireless speaker system that can be synced via Android, as well as wireless light switches and other appliances. Lighting Science was also named as a partner, and will launch wireless lighting products to support Android@Home.“We want to think of every device in your home as a connection to Android apps,” said Hugo Barra, product management director for Google, in the keynote.According to Eric Holland, vice president of electrical engineering at Lighting Science, “Android@Home will use a new version of a wireless network developed by Google. It will eventually be open sourced, “ Holland added.

 

“Google reached out to us, but we were already working on something similar,” Holland said. Wireless Science plans five products, including internal lamps and external lighting fixtures that use the technology. They will ship by the end of the year, Holland said.The network is similar to that used by ZigBee, a low-power wireless network used for short-range home automation. However, the network will be designed to allow for enough bandwidth to transfer video, Holland said. “One of the fixtures we’re going to show off next week [at Lightfair, the North American commercial lighting show] will be an external [lighting] fixture with a security camera attached,” Holland said.The network is similar to that used by ZigBee, a low-power wireless network used for short-range home automation. However, the network will be designed to allow for enough bandwidth to transfer video, Holland said. “One of the fixtures we’re going to show off next week [at Lightfair, the North American commercial lighting show] will be an external [lighting] fixture with a security camera attached,” Holland said.Using RFID embedded into CD cases the device was able to detect the CD and add it to your library and it started automatically, but the potential is there for amazing things in the future.

 

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