Yesterday at the conference Google I/O framework was announced Android@Home, which combines the functions of the OS to use Android-device as a home multimedia center and a controller home appliances.
Framework Android@Home allows you to broadcast content from Google Music and manage different devices: home appliances, lighting, power controllers, lawn sprinkler system and all others that can only have enough imagination from the developer. See also Open Accessory API for Android 3.1. This is a new level.
Part of the functional Android@Home, which is devoted to the interaction with external devices, called Project Tungsten. Accordingly, speakers or light bulbs that are included in the Android-infrastructure and can be controlled programmatically from a smartphone or tablet, are considered «Tungsten-devices”.
Google proposes to use the new features in the various Android-applications, even in games. “If you are in game development, then imagine how you can make a more qualitative sense of presence. For example, use the framework Android@Home for the management of irrigation systems and play FarmVille in the real world “, – joked during the presentation, Joe Britt (Joe Britt), a well-known developer at Apple, Danger and Microsoft, which now turns out, works at Google .
During his speech, he showed how “smart ” light bulbs produce light up Lightning Science at the table during the rounds in Quake.
The second part of the video device “reads” all the music from a CD at a touch – and the speakers reproduce it with a second touch. In fact, this is done via RFID or bar code scanning, and the corresponding fast tracks downloaded from Google Music, but it looks like magic.
Android @ Home is fully open and use the frameworks can be without any restrictions and registration.