The Nexus 7 and Android Jelly Bean may have headlined Google's latest I/O conference, but a number of smaller announcements made during the keynote could also be worth keeping an eye on.
While some of Google's announcements at the I/O developers conference may not have much of an immediate impact on the enterprise, they could be part of everyday life somewhere down the road.
Shortly after the unveiling of the Nexus 7 tablet, Google executives debuted the company's first foray into the streaming set-top box space. In typical Google fashion, the Nexus Q 'box' (see image, above) is in fact a sphere loaded with A/V connections.
Users can connect to the device through wireless connections on PCs, tablets and mobile handsets and share media files through TV and stereo systems.
Typically, media streaming boxes are not big sellers, and at a cost of $300 the Nexus Q will have a fairly limited market. Apple considers its TV platform a "hobby" and if Google is smart, they will take the same approach.
Still, the Nexus Q will definitely be an interesting platform for developers to take on. As the line between home computer and entertainment centre continues to blur, innovations made on set-top boxes could very well translate into the PC space.
Perhaps even more intriguing to developers will be with the Glass platform. The 'augmented reality' glasses platform took the leap from carefully-prepared video demos to real-world demonstrations of users performing activities and recording footage from the glasses-mounted camera hardware.
Even better, Google announced that it would be releasing the headsets to the public. It also showed a rather cool video of the glasses in action during a sky-diving stunt in San Francisco - see below.
Before you get too excited, the release is extremely limited. The Glass hardware is nowhere near general availability status and the few headsets that are available will only be sold to developers who were in attendance at the I/O conference. In Google's own words, the technology remains a "bleeding edge" project.
Still, that getting the technology to third party developers will only result in new use cases, innovations, and overall advancement for the platform.
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