After all of the stalls are packed away and as Las Vegas starts to recover, so begins the rounding up of this year’s jam-packed, tech-filled CES.
With Google’s operating system, Android, hitting fame big-time over the past couple of years, we anticipated big things from Android-operated devices at 2013’s electronics show. And Google didn’t fail to deliver. Well, not exactly. It would seem that the Android operating system has reached the peak of its success in the world of smartphones, and Google has decided to spread its horizons, reaching out to the rest of the electronics industry.
The first device that caught the eye of CES visitors this year was the Dacor Android-powered oven. Yes, you heard correctly, the operating system used to power the majority of smartphones and tablets is making its way into your kitchen.
The oven features a 1 GHz processor and a 7 inch screen, and is powered with the most up-to-date version of Android, 4.0.3. Not only that, but the oven’s screen displays the in-build cooking app, which allows the oven to automatically set timings to cook pre-programmed dishes. Users can also set the oven to turn on remotely using an Android smartphone or tablet- perfect for when you’re stuck in traffic but want to have your dinner waiting for you when you get home. You can even set up the oven to send your Android device a text message to alert you when your meal has finished cooking! But with the cheapest model hitting the market at $4,499, I doubt the Android oven will become as popular in the UK as its smartphones.
Other Android-operated devices exhibited at CES include a refrigerator manufactured by the Chinese company, Hisense. The fridge runs Android 3.2 and allows users to access a number of apps from the Google Play Store which are specially designed for such devices. These apps include features that allow you to check the freshness of your food within the fridge by scanning its barcode on the in-built scanner. Users can also access a virtual shopping list and diet apps on its display.
Another device introduced by the Chinese manufacturer includes Android-powered air conditioning unit, which can be switched on and off remotely using an Android app. The app allows users to track and manage power usage in order to minimise electricity bills.
Although the UK may not be Hisense’s biggest air conditioning audience, it is said that the A.C. appliance and refrigerator will be made available in only China at first, with both devices making their way across the globe later this year.
Written by Charlotte Kertrestel