Have you been wondering what else there is out there that runs on our beloved Android OS? I have put together some of the more interesting ones that I know of. Please note that this is not all of the Android devices out there. As there are nearly a hundred different devices available or planned to be released this year, it would be a little difficult for me to bring you a complete list.
Barnes and Noble Nook
The Nook is an E-reader developed and sold by Barnes & Noble. It has the amazing E-ink display, and also has a small touchscreen for navigating your library and purchasing new books. The Nook runs on a custom build of Android, and can obtain books through a 3G or Wi-Fi connection, both of which are free to use. With book sharing, apps, a web browser, and access to over a million books, magazines, and newspapers, this is the E-reader that I would purchase. It's an incredible piece of machinary, take the time to check out their website!
This is a device designed by Touch Revolutions that is designed to be built into household appliances. You can't buy the product yourself, as they are only marketing it to manufacturers, but it is what makes Android appliance integration possible. You would have a dryer or washing machine that could send you a text when the clothes were dry, a refrigerator that played music and gave you the weather, and a microwave that that could look up the best time to nuke your food. All of them would, of course, be completely controllable by the touchscreen that would be your control center. Touch Revolutions has also done implementations of their product in desktop enterprise phones. I think that this is a very interesting implementation of the Android OS, and I would love to have a refrigerator that could keep track of my grocery list for me.
There are currently two companies that are planning on releasing televisions that run on the Android OS, and testing on the first is scheduled to begin in Europe in September of 2010. A television running Android would concievably be able to stream movies and shows from Netflix and Hulu, and would also have the ability to run multiple custom applications that are tailored to your watching interests. The possibilities are enormous, although the widespread use of these televisions would probably be the death knell storefront rental centers.
The worlds first car equipped with the Android OS is now in production in China, and will be launching at the Beijing Auto show. Having Android integrated into the vehicles will allow them access to GPS, web-browsing, and, of course, apps. There is also the possibility that Android could be hooked up to the actual vehicle controls, and then you would be able to perform such functions as remote start up of your car, unlocking your door, and monitoring your MPG and engine health, all from your in Android phone!
Set-top TV Boxes
Google has been in talks with Intel, Sony, Dish Network, and Logitech to create an open standard for set-top boxes that would allow Android integration, and allow for access to web-based content providers such as Hulu and YouTube. Of course, with a set-top box, you would have the same options that the televisions running Android would have.
There's so much more stuff out there, and even more to come. With all of the Android integration that is going on, if you can think of it, it's just a matter of time before it runs Android! Let me know what you think!