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I Want Android @ Home… In My Car

android @ homeBack at Google I/O 2011, Google announced something called Android @ Home, which seeks to allow a huge range of accessories and appliances to interact with Android devices. I want my vehicles to be Android @ Home accessible more than stuff in my home, and I’ll tell you why.

Google did some brief demos on stage showing rudimentary integration between an exercise bicycle and a phone, and they also show how you might be able to automate your home by controlling lights, the thermostat, perhaps your coffee maker, etc. Watch the following starting at 6:15 to get a brief idea of the vision behind Android @ Home:

Where I really want to see Android @ Home though is, (oddly enough) not in my home at all, but rather in my cars.

We have 7 drivers in my family, and we’ve got three cars to get us all where we need to go. Between jobs, appointments, vacations, etc. organizing all of those cars is a serious task. It’s not fun getting off the phone with a friend and saying “sure I’ll be right there” only to go out to the driveway to find that all of the cars are gone! Then you’ve got to call around to various family members to find out who is where and who will be home first. Equally frustrating is getting into the car to go somewhere only to find that the tank is completely dry and that you’ve got to add a stop at the gas station to your itinerary. Android @ Home could easily fix all of these problems, and more.

If all of our family cars were Android @ Home enabled, not only could they report their positions to an app that everyone in the family has access to, but they could also report their gas levels.

People want their privacy sometimes, so you could always set the app to not report exact car positions, but rather just say whether or not they are in the driveway. This way, I wouldn’t have to peek inside the garage or in the driveway to see if any cars are available.

If I needed a car, I could select the car I want and query the car for its distance so I would be able to easily see which car is nearest, and who I should call to ask them to return the car.

With gas indicators within the app for all cars, you’d easily know if you needed to fill up before running to your appointment, rather than being surprised at the last minute and being late because of a surprise empty tank. Thanks to the connected nature of our devices, the app could even tell you how much gas costs at your local station so you know exactly how much cash you’ll be putting in the tank.

And who likes getting into the car in the summer and sweating until the AC really gets going, or freezing in the winter until the heat turns on? Android @ Home enabled vehicles could cool or warm the car before your morning commute.

And how about running out in the pouring rain to close those windows that you left open? This could easily be done from an app.

Ah! The possibilities are nearly endless and all very useful!

We’ve got the technology to make this happen, and Google’s Android @ Home project makes it easy to integrate. Here’s to hoping we see this sort of smart-automation at a consumer-available level in the next 5 years.

It would certainly make my life easier. How about you, what feature would you want the most from an Android @ Home enabled car? Brainstorm away!

Samsung, Acer Chromebooks Coming on June 15th. Specifications and Videos

It seems that every new app store has it’s version of Angry Birds but what we’re seeing demonstrated tonight takes Chrome OS a big step further into that land of the impressive PC. Boot and ready within 8 seconds. 3G. GPU acceleration.

Googles Chromebook web pages are available here.

UK France, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, US, Italy are getting the first Chromebooks on June 15th.

Samsung, Acer have 12 inch versions coming with an Intel ‘dual-core’ CPU which we suspect is the N550 or N570. [Confirmed: N570 for both Samsung and Acer via Amazon.com]

Acer and Samsung Chromebook full specs and pics here.

These pictures are from ‘This is My Next’ who are currently live blogging the event.






Also mentioned was in-app purchasing for a flat rate of 5%. That undercuts other markets by a long long way.

But are these ultra mobile? Not at the moment they’re not but think about this.

Google have just thrown legacy PC support out of the window which clears the way for a new type of platform. The big thing that holds PCs back from always-on is Windows and legacy support. Chrome could be built on ARM or the new Intel mobile platforms now for an even lighter, smaller, longer battery life device.

12 inch is likely to be a sweet spot, I agree, but there’s some scope for ultra mobile versions here. Getting rid of PC legacy means more efficiency.

The ‘cloud’ has it’s issues in terms of mobility of course but it’s up to the app developers to solve this problem with cached applications. We’ve heard that Rovio have build a version of Angry Birds that can runs completely offline in Chrome OS. Other developers can do this too.

Video time. . .


Google closed the Chromebook keynote speach with the annoucnement that everyone at the keynote would get a Chromebook. Wow!

More videos:

Meet:Mobility Podcast 50 – Big Steps for Android

Meet:Mobility Podcast 50 is now available.

In this show, number 50 on the 21st May 2010 we have a lot to talk about from Google IO in San Francisco to Computex in Taipei. Sasha and myself will be giving you feedback from our time with the iPad and we also talk about the netbook summit.

Full show notes, download and listen links at MeetMobility

You can also find the podcast on iTunes (Please rate the show on iTunes.) You can also subscribe via RSS.

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