Google rumored to unveil new lightweight platform for connected appliances
Smartphones have already changed the way we communicate with other, but there are still so many other aspects of our lives that could serve to benefit from that same sort of high-tech makeover that transformed dumb phones into the modern portable computers we have today. Hundreds of companies have already developed products that leverage such tech, offering everything from connected ovens to smart lightbulbs, but a number of issues have gotten in the way of them seeing widespread adoption. Big names in mobile are hoping to change that, like the effort we’ve seen Apple HomeKit. Now a new report claims that Google has its own internet-of-things project in the works, one it may reveal at I/O later this month.
The system, codenamed Brillo, has supposedly been developed by Google’s Android crew but may emerge as a distinct platform, one optimized especially for very low-RAM hardware – even on as little as 32MB. The idea there is to make it incredibly affordable to implement, helping to break down at least one of the walls holding back further IoT popularity.
Of course, developing such a tool is one thing – and convincing manufacturers to implement it is another. Google has the advantage there of a huge international Android user base, all ready to start interacting with smart Brillo appliances if and when they become available. With a little luck, we’ll pick up not just a batter sense of what Brillo can do at I/O next week, but also of the manufacturing partners Google’s getting involved.