So far the focus at the Google I/O Developer Conference in San Francisco has been mostly on tablets and smartphones, but it seems that Robots are getting some Google love out there as well. Google is working on a project that will have Android running on robots. iRobot has teamed up with Google to create Android apps for their iRobot Ava mobile robotics platform, making Ava the first app-ready robot. iRobot has a history of building home robots which help people clean their home more efficiently, but they also build military robots that incorporate advanced concepts in navigation, mobility, manipulation and artificial intelligence.
“By tapping into an almost limitless supply of Android-based apps, Ava is poised to revolutionize how people communicate and deliver information through remote presence and other means. With the right ideas, Ava can also revolutionize how people live both at home and in the workplace.” - Colin Angle, chairman and CEO of iRobot.
Google has been working with iRobot on the Ava platform for the past several months and they very much like where it’s headed, as it seems like they plan on developing more for robotic technologies. “We’ve been working with the Ava platform for the past several months and are impressed with its capabilities,” said Andy Rubin, SVP of Mobile at Google. “We have seen incredible contributions from app developers for Android devices over the past few years. Robotic technologies like Ava represent an exciting next step for this community.”
Tablets, PCs, Smartphones, Streetview, Robots – is there anywhere Google won’t be in a few years?