May 10 AT 4:10 PM Alberto Vildosola 28 Comments

Little Android robots are about to take over your house with Android@Home

Are you ready to let Android take care of everything around the house? You better be, ’cause that’s where we seem to be headed. At the Google I/O keynote this morning, the company gave us a sneak peek of Android@Home. A project Google has been working on that’ll let us control everything in our home right from our Android phones.

Google wants everything in our house — from light bulbs to the faucet — to connect via Wi-Fi a low-power wireless connection with our Android devices. The company gave us an example of an alarm application that gently turns on the lights and stereo on your bedroom to wake you up. Later on, Google showed us a concept media hub developed by the company named Tungsten. In one of the most mind-blowing moments of the whole keynote, a Googler tapped an NFC-enabled CD case to the device, and it automatically started playing all the songs inside the CD. The future has arrived, people.

The possibilities are endless for what developers will be able to do with Android@Home. If Google gets its way, your fridge will soon buy the groceries, the vacuum cleaner will clean the house when you’re not home, the thermostat will adjust the temperature when you get home, and the front door will open using your phone. That’s all coming in the near future, thanks to Android. Android@Home might be ready around this year’s Holiday season, said Google. How else do you think Android@Home will help us in the future? Let us know in the comments.

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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  • http://Website matt

    That would be tight. Attach some guns and it is the new and improved security.

    • http://Website chris_p

      Makes perfect sense for US/Mexico border!

  • http://Website @neidlinger

    um… it’s not going to connect over Wi-Fi

    Q: What is the time table for some of appliances or devices? What does a manufacturer have to put into its electronics to enable it?

    A: We’re not quite ready to announce what the technology is, but it is very low cost. It’s wireless, not Wi-Fi. It’s low power. It involves a software stack and a small piece of hardware. We should see these devices by the end of this year. We’re working with partners to get them embedded into their current devices.

    very cool none the less. Turning on my lights before i walk in the house AWESOME… opening my garage door from my phone AWESOME…..

    • Alberto Vildosola

      Thanks, I updated the post

  • http://Website Arcospark

    Ever have kids lose their house keys and now you have to re-key everything? How about having a camera at the door, taking a picture of everyone who rings the doorbell? The software forwards the picture to my phone, I see it’s the kid home from school, and using the phone can unlock the front door remotely? Or if the plumber arrives when I’m not home, I could help him in!

    Since the house will be “aware” that I am not home, could the DVR record what I usually watch so that I don’t have to rush home if I forgot to program it in the morning?

    Finally, what about when I have house guests? Could I “enable” the system to recognize their phones for the stay (say, four days) and after that they cannot unlock the front door?

    Some of this stuff George Jetson was never able to do!

    • Alberto Vildosola

      Mmmh I could’ve swore I heard the Googler mention Wi-Fi during the keynote. Thanks for that, I’ll update the post.

      • http://Website @neidlinger

        BGR reported that it wasn’t over wi-fi it would be over a low power wireless signal that would require a software stack. Sounds a little like BlueTooth tech to me. But i’m not a guru or a blog site reporter. just a junkie among junkies.

    • Alberto Vildosola

      Oops that reply was for the guy above you.

    • Canuck

      There already are apps that let you program the DVR from the phone

  • http://Website Dennis

    I’d rather stick my balls in a clamp before I let Google operate my house. But hey, if you’re willing to open up your privacy to a bunch of nerds and corporates then be my guest…

    • mmitchum


      Thanks for the laugh, bro!

    • SilversX

      LOL not sure why your getting all the negative ratings. I think you hit the nail on the head. Although the technology is cool and useful it’s just extremely invasive. Not to mention with the government spying scandals, If Google is in your house you can pretty much guarantee so is Uncle Sam!

  • http://Website Anonymous

    As opposed to iOS which is for Pompous, Arrogant, self entitled people who think that all because They have a shiny Product that has an apple logo on it they are above everyone else. I’d rather google control my life them Steve Jobs and Apple

    • http://Website Dennis

      Lesser of two evils, huh?

      • http://Website Morten

        I don’t know about you, but I actually chose to use these devices and will continue to do so. If its and “evil” to you, why do you even use them?

    • http://Website alex

      I don’t get it doesn’t apple already control them :)

    • http://Website alex

      I don’t get it doesn’t apple already control them :)

  • http://Website ex-Iphone fan now Android nerd

    GR8 idea. Next move is to get rid of car keys, normal keys & dumb credit cards. My Android phone should be my one single device that i need to carry for all the above. I pity those people who say what if i loose my phone….its like saying what if i loose my memory!!!

    Way to go go GOOGLE!!!!! I am lovin it ta da da da….

    • http://Website Jim Shorts

      And your Android phone can teach you how to spell LOSE!!

  • Markus Siegl-Hahm

    Hi all,

    does anybody know anything about the Android-Robots on the picture of this article?

    As you maybe know I´m interested in any kind of Android-Robots.

    Thank you very much.


    • http://Website Miami Wheat

      Its a retarded midget, on drugs

  • AME

    I hope future Android powered devices are as hot as Cylon #6.

  • Android Applications Development

    Wow, this is great initiative by Google. Now after some time our android phone will going to remote our home and this seems to be great fun. Thanks Google !!!!!

  • http://hummmmmm Randy

    It would be cool if the tablets control everything in my house instead of my handset. Tablets have more battery power and are more prompt to be idling inside some pouch. My phone is always doing something (Calls, internet downloading and such)… Imagine a neat bracket that recharge the Tablet on the wall that you can clip your tablet and where you can see your house cameras images, temperature and such… Cars should be Android based so we can be really sure whats going on with the car before taking it to a dealer (Codes and when we just left the lights on!!!). I know that I way have wondered way too far but is my own opinion that I wanted to share…. and I would like the future to be like that or at least to have the option to be like that!

  • http://Website Phonegeek

    Meet george Jetson…his boy elroy…daughter judy…jane his WIFE!! LOL…or is this skynet ….where’s conner whenever you need him! Lol

  • http://Website Jake

    More opportunities for hackers to screw up your life, and others to monitor you and set standards and rules for the things you use. Big brother is not only here, he’s squeezing his hands right around your throat.

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