Android Open Accessory Platform Announced, Alongside ADK Hardware
Seasoned hackers and DIY experts will recognize that name, and now, Google's using it to power a whole host of devices that extend well beyond the smartphone realm. The board can be integrated into robots, exercise machines, and pretty much anything else that can support USB and needs to interface with a smartphone. The ADK currently supports Android 2.3.4 and the forthcoming 3.1 for tablets, and while Bluetooth support is promised in the future, it's wired or nothing right now.
Android may be most familiar with smartphones, but with an introduction like this, it's only a matter of time before it branches out in a big way. Android-powered kitchen appliances? Not such a far-fetched idea anymore.