August 22, 2012

This Is What Happened To Android@Home

Long ago, in a galaxy far far away, Google launched the Android@Home initiative. It was supposed to let everyone build light bulbs, washing machines, refrigerators, and toasters powered by Android. These devices were all supposed to talk to your phone and be controlled from your phone. And then we forgot about it.

Occasionally, people would ask whatever happened to Android@Home and only get silence in return. Until now!

The cool gadgets everyone was expecting are finally coming to consumers, starting with Panasonic releasing a line of Android controlled appliances to Japan on September 25.

What can we expect? We are told we'll be seeing Android powered air conditioners, refrigerators, washers, dryers, blood-pressure monitors, and calorie meters. In addition to controlling these devices by phone, people will be able to automatically report bugs and receive usage statistics.

Get your hands on these puppies late September, if you happen to live in Japan. For those of us less fortunate, we just have to wait and see.