Smartphone based robots are becoming increasingly popular with many exciting applications emerging in both academia and industry. The computing power, sensing capabilities, and intuitive programming interfaces of modern smartphones afford an inexpensive yet highly capable robotic platform.
As a case in point, we created a robot that can recognize, track, and follow a specified color object as well as have the ability to avoid obstacles in its way. Thanks Android-ADK!
Here is the preliminary result:
By making the ADK public domain, they have sowed the seeds for others to pick up thier start and go forward. This exactly how the PC and the Adruino made it easy for others to explore new domains for their devices.
From my observations, the only thing that a closed system provides you with is a vehicle to unemployment. I have seen it happen time after time. It will continue that way. People want the freedom to play with the hardware and the software. Plus there is nothing a manufacturer can create that dedicated people cannot reverse engineer.
Just my Opinion.
Like having a standard, following one systems environment can help spur innovation and development. Similar to how Arduino's limited platform can do so much with the help of its community pushing its capabilities.
It is almost like people want to test the limits of all rules. Hopefully Android/Google IO will result in the same mass appear of Arduino.
Neat post. I could see potential in using the ADK for controlling robot swarms or search and rescue robots. It will be interesting to see what people can do with this technology. If I can find some time, I might look into it.