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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.


The Reader: A Smart mouse

1968 was when Douglas C. Engelbart presented the world the very first computer mouse. A small wooden box with a wheel and a button, with time wood was replaced and so was the wheel.

Technology has given it a new shape, size and versatility. However as we all know with time even good things come to end. And as touch screen slowly replaces the mouse and they on the verge of being archived. But that won’t happen anytime soon.

Few former students of ETH Zurich have developed a function for the new mouse to go unnoticed. A software program that enable this mouse developed by Dacuda to do a bit of reading by scanning the screen as you move it around. So the user can capture text and images. A program that uses the highlighted mark to be adopted can be initiated by the touch a button. This is because of some complex algorithms in robotics that is used to build this software.

What makes it more unique and wanted is its capability to understand 198 languages and its compatibility with the three major OS i.e. Windows, Apple Mac OS and Linux.

This genius will be distributed by the Korean hardware manufacturing giant, LG Electronics. Priced at 99 € the mouse shall see its first summer this year.

This application has opened a portal where its usage and competitors may find alternative or better ways of using it. But for now as we have a smart mouse, let’s make the most of it.

Via: Sueddeutsche

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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