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Rise of the Androids: Google’s Android@Home platform

It was 1996 when Larry Page and Sergey Brin started working on a search engine program by the name “BackRub”. By 1998 this whole “backrub” concept was incorporated into a company by the name “GOOGLE”.

Little did Page and Brin know, what the future will look like? But I am sure they are happy. What started as a search engine is now of the biggest brand. The recent development with Android based smartphones might just be the beginning, as google get ready to mark their presence in every home with their new Android@Home platform.

What they plan to do? It Can be best described by the statement made by the company at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco recently,

We want every device in your home.

Google is now extending the capabilities of these device to wirelessly control and interact with virtually any electronic device in your home by using an Android smartphone or tablet. So in future you can switch of the lights, open the doors, manage room temperature, record your favorite programs and transfer your health scorecard from your exercise bike to your phone. To establish the platform’s credibility, they gave a small demonstration by wirelessly operating an electric bulb from an Android device.

To develop a single complete network for your home, Google has made the Android@Home platform freely available to developers so they can write applications that can control various devices. The platform can work on any Android device running on Honeycomb 3.1 or regular Android 2.3.4. OS.

Google also revealed that,

a future release of Android, code-named ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’, would unify the smart phone and tablet branches of Android into one single operating system that works across all devices

Ice Cream Sandwich will see a partnership between Google, the handset manufacturers and the carriers. This is to ensure that the users are able to get seamless service and timely updates.

Source: Metro / geeky-gadgets

To know more about Google Project for Android.


Reinventing usability of Paper

The first type of electricity discovered was static electricity. The discovery of static electricity was mankind’s first step towards learning about electricity. This was many years ago.
The best known example comes from our physics class. Where we were asked to run the comb through our hair and place it near tiny bits of papers. What happens next is due to Static. This is an age old theory and now the goal is to put electronics into paper.

Recently there have been many researchers trying to accomplish this and according to Daniel Torbjork, a physics graduate student at the Abo Akademi University in Finland suggest,

“While most electronic applications require patterned conducting structures, conducting paper could be used in applications such as energy storage devices, sensors, electric heaters, electric field emitters, antistatic coatings, and electromagnetic shields”.

The major task is not about developing it; instead its how to produce it economically. Torbjork has been trying to combine flexibility, low-cost and recyclability of papers with the information carrying ability of electronics.

The concept has already been implemented by a few. For e.g. Professor Karen K. Gleason have figured out how to put a solar cell into a piece of folding paper and the German researchers have successfully embedded electronic chips in paper bank notes to thwart counterfeiters.

Currently Torbjork and Professor Ronald Osterbacka at the university’s Center for Functional Materials are developing a low-voltage organic transistor as well as a special roll-to-roll printing system for electronic devices. A Finnish paper firm Srora Enso is also supporting these developments.

Some say that given the challenges that papers bring with it like large surface roughness, porosity and chemical impurities could be an obstacle. We all know that the best substrate is glass, then plastics and beyond that there are also metal solutions. So if we are thinking of paper as a substrate it looks like a few more years of research and struggle to make this dream come true. And certainly a worthy patent petition when someone comes up with a conductive paper.

Via: DiscoveryNews


Gold & Co’s 24 karat Gold iPad 2

Gold and Middle East seems to have a lot in common. It’s not unlikely to find gold in the most uncommon of forms in this rich region. First it was a gold car, gold phone and now its gold iPad 2.

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