Watch the Day 1 Google I/O keynote, Android Open Accessory and @Home automation included

Watch the Day 1 Google I/O keynote, Android Open Accessory and @Home automation included
The tech world witnessed another newsworthy I/O conference keynote by Google yesterday, with the announcements of Android Ice Cream Sandwich, Honeycomb 3.1, Music Beta and movie rentals.

While these were great to kick the two-day event in high gear, they were not the only things announced for the relatively short 55 minutes keynote. Google also demonstrated the so-called Android Open Accessory project. In a nutshell, it allows accessories to connect via USB ports to Android-powered gear (Android 2.3.4 and above only), where they act as an USB host, providing at least 500mAh at 5V for charging.

The whole premise is based on the Arduino open source electronic prototyping platform, and was demonstrated in a funny way by one employee riding a stationary bike. The bike was connected via USB to a phone running Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and the guy had to guide a little green robot through a cave's perils by speeding up and down, in an app called CardioQuest.

Google has released a free Android Development Kit for techies to start working on the numerous possibilities that come to mind, and also demoed how a Motorola XOOM tablet commands a physical Labyrinth board via USB. The fun starts at 35:40 into in the video.

Another glimpse into the future of Android was shown with the so-called Android@Home automation service. Google's mobile OS is seriously gearing up to control your home lighting, HVAC, and home appliances. Lights can be turned on and off according to your alarm schedule or events in your Calendar, washing machines can be given marching orders, and one cool music device concept named Tungsten was shown. It is an Android-powered device hub, demonstrated in different shapes and forms, and an ability to store and playback your CDs by just nearing their NFC tags to Tungsten was showcased. The Android@Home demonstration starts at 42:37 into the video

source: AndroidDevelopers



1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Who says Android doesn't innovate? Taco, Gemini, Lucas, Apple Lover, Hawk... I guess you were all really, really goddamned wrong.

2. vishu9

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

just "W.O.W" @ Android Open Accessory and Android@Home ...this is crazy good

3. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I loved this IO i wish i had gone :(

4. ItsAllBad unregistered

wow i cant wait to see google @home in a few years. I'll be the first to say i'm joining that bandwagon.

9. tyrion

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 30, 2011

I agree that Android knows how to make soem big moves and innovations. Also, if you are interestign in home automation i found a site that sells efficient and safe smart home products. Check it out, you wont be dissapointed.

10. JeebJeeb

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 30, 2011

Well well well.. It seems to me that Android officially won this battle. Apple is far behind without the release of this app that enables free pornography. Why pay for something when you can do it for half off? It's official. Apple got whooped and is awaiting rape by it's true successor.

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