When you hear the word “Android” you might only think of mobile phones, but the general perception of the operating system is about to change, and fast. Android OS is quickly emerging as the top choice for powering smart devices, and many are already available in today’s market. You may not know it (or maybe you do, you savvy reader you) but embedded Android OS is all around you; perhaps even in devices or appliances you already own. Looking for a quick rundown of some of the popular embedded Android products around? Read on…
This classic accessory does a lot more than tell time.
Conquer Boring Meetings: Answer or decline incoming calls, view GPS, see what the phone camera sees, access Facebook & Twitter, and much more. Fashion meets function here as Android technology takes tablets and smartphones to the next level.
Cost: Smart watches can run anywhere from $90 to $200. Here’s a great list of some top smart watches on the market.
Watch all the mindless TV you want and still be smart! (get it?)
Interact with Entertainment: Say goodbye to that boring 13-inch screen perched on a coffee table. Smart TVs powered by Android OS allow you to access Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, video on demand, and even browse the web. Of course, if you subscribe to a service provider, you can watch traditional television too – but with all the features available on a smart TV, do you really need to?
Cost: You can expect to pay about $400 to $2,000 for these. The difference between low end and high end smart TVs will be internet browsing capability, among other things.
Point, shoot, share.
Upgraded: Turning the corner on smart cameras, the Nikon Coolpix S800c packs a punch. For those that have graduated from smartphone camera capabilities, the real world has arrived. The camera is powered by Android OS, giving users the ability to not only to snap a picture, but to share their photos on Facebook. Want more? You can even check your email.
Cost: The Nikon Coolpix S800c can cost up to $350 dollars.
View recipes, watch food network videos, and stay connected in the kitchen.
Why a smart oven? Built-in Android OS technology allows users to enter what they’re cooking and have an alert sent to their phone when the food is done. The smart oven also has the ability to self-diagnose maintenance issues and will alert the owner to ask if they’d like to notify a repairman.
Cost: Smart ovens cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000. Don’t want to spend that much? Start with a smart toaster! They typically run for only a couple hundred dollars.
This is only a short list of some of the smart devices available today, and it’s really just the tip of the Android iceberg. Embedded Android technology is powering many more appliances and equipment throughout the home, office, and beyond. With flexible applications for bettering both personal and professional environments, the OS is the go-to choice for developers working on embedded systems – so you can expect to see a lot more of it in the very near future.