Android OS and its Many Uses – Some a Bit Odd

May 19, 2014

Home and Family, Tech News

Google’s Android is one of the world’s most popular operating systems. It’s open-source platform allows programmers and other developers the creativity to make and sell all kinds of applications. For most of the world, their cell phones run off of Android OS.

Due to its open-source nature, companies can tailor it to fit their products. Android isn’t just for smartphones anymore. There are many products, some common, others quite unique that now utilize the Android OS. Below are some of the products using this technology.

Refrigerators

Samsung’s T9000 refrigerator would be an interesting asset to any kitchen. The touch-screen interface allows users to browse android osrecipes, plan menus, and manage product expiration dates. Widgets can display weather, news, and offers Google Calendar integration. Since every member of the family walks past and opens the refrigerator daily, it’s an alternative way to remind everyone of tasks and events. Like any other tablet, apps can be downloaded to the fit the users interests.

Washer-Dryers

Still in the works, Touch Revolution is working on a washer dryer with a built-in touch screen tablet. Those impatient for Android to washer integration can download Samsung’s Smart Washer app. It can be used with Samsung’s washer-dryers that are Wifi enabled. Users can use their phones to control their laundry cycles. LG also makes a similar app to be used with their products.

Car Entertainment Systems

VisualLogic makes a headrest system for cars. These 7 inch tablets can be placed on the headrest and are available with a DVD system. They also come with wireless headphones and remote controls. Keeping kids busy in the car has never been easier.

Microwaves

Touch Revolution makes a microwave with what functions like a built-in tablet. The microwave’s computer should be able to replace a home’s landline with its VOIP (voice over IP) abilities. Another company, SectorQube, out of India has introduced MAID (Microwave Integrated Android Device) for consumers. The product is especially marketed toward bachelors. The plan is to release an oven that knows how to cook every known dish. They have a catalog of recipes available at their website.

These products make surprising use of the Android OS. What’s more exciting are the products that it will help power in the future. Most of them will come in the form of the products we are accustomed to carrying and seeing: phones, tablets, and computers. These innovations, however, will fuel interest in developers taking this open-sourced OS to it limits by integrating it into something unexpected.

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