Poll: Android as swap-in consumer UI
The Panasonic Rice cooker has garnered a lot of (critical) attention as the exemplar of pointless Internet integration, courtesy of Android.
But a more balanced example might be the Dacor Discovery IQ Wall Oven. While the company mentions Internet-related stuff such as “researching new recipes or viewing cooking video demonstrations” it seems to be essentially an upgrade of the device’s UI. Why re-invent the wheel, when you can also enable a whole range of extra activities, via the Android interface…?
This is essentially the route taken for the Life Fitness gym machine, where the display panel is just an Android tablet integrated into the equipment. Yes, you get the Web, too, for free…
Android as swap-in consumer UI