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Marziah Karch

Android Will Run Your Microwave and Washer

By January 8, 2010

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One of the big themes of CES this year is Android everywhere. There are Android phones, there are Android netbooks, and there are Android ebook readers. It's even bigger than that. I spoke to Touch Revolution. They make and design products that other companies use under their own brand name, and this year they came out with the NIM1000, a touch interface that can be customized and used for a variety of devices.

Among their demo prototypes? A microwave and a washing machine. That's right, your washing machine might be Twittering to your microwave while you're not looking. Devices like that would generally use some interface elements from Android and not the full feature set. It wouldn't make much sense to have your microwave download a Facebook app, but it might make sense to have a microwave that can download recipes or a fridge that you can use to order more milk.

You will see Android powered medical devices (though he wouldn't tell me which ones) and Android will power the interface on the back of chairs on airplanes at some point in the future. The future really is being taken over by Androids!

January 12, 2010 at 1:01 pm
(1) Laura W-A says:

That is so cool! I want a barcode on my frig that I can use to scan the stuff I’m throwing out, and then when I’m out and decide to go shopping, I can just use my phone to download the list from the refrigerator. Of course, the pantry would have to be involved, too, and I suppose one could technically set something relatively like that up now if they bought a barcode system and a PC just for the kitchen. But integrating it into the refrigerator seems much more cool. :-)

January 12, 2010 at 2:17 pm
(2) Marziah Karch says:

I was just talking about this over lunch. We realized that scanning your grocery receipt would be even better than scanning food as you entered it, and then you’d just have to check it off the list as you finished something.

January 12, 2010 at 4:35 pm
(3) Marziah Karch says:

Apparently they’ve had some issues with 3G connectivity and some users. I guess that’s a lot like an iPhone, too. ;-)

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