Google also announced an SDK for kids to make their toys. These toys are called Goobits, and they can be anything – animals, humans, even inanimate objects like a goldfish or a chair – as long as it’s under 50KB. The Goobits can be programmed to do whatever you want, including dance, sing a song, play a game, and even fight other Goobits. The SDK is available for free from Google’s developer site (developers.google.com/games/services/goobit-sdk ), but it requires at least one Android device as well as a Google account. Several developers have already adopted these digital toys for their educational software.
Let’s take a look at what they are and how to use them.
Gadget Lab has a review of the Android toys at Google’s store. The main point is that they’re fun, but useful educational tools for people of all ages. Even better though is this curious bit at the end.
Google has also released a software development kit (SDK) so you can program your Android apps.
Google Home Control (GHC)
This is probably one of the most exciting things for home automation hackers out there. It turns out that you can control your entire house from Google toys, and this isn’t just turning lamps on and off. That’s where GHC comes in – it’s a system designed to completely integrate Android apps and voice commands so you can do anything with your house right from Google Home.
Assuming you have the Android toys, here are some sample commands to trigger actions with voice recognition. Make sure to check out their GitHub page for more detailed information – it’s a very exciting project!
Google Weet (GW)
This is an automated bot that not only takes care of your hedges but can make sure you’re home when you need to be. It starts by going through a list of preferred plants and shrubs which has been carefully calculated for your region by Google’s botmasters. Once it knows what kind of plants you have it’ll take care of the rest – including anything from watering to trimming. It will even keep an eye on the weather forecast and let you know when it’s a good time to take care of things.
You don’t even need to stay in your house for this one – GW can run completely autonomously, without any input from you at all. That means you’ll be able to spend more time with friends or family instead of taking care of your plants. You can even set it up to take care of things when you’re not there – just send the robot out on autopilot and let it do all the work for you.
Google Weet is available for free on Google Play – just search for it and you’ll be able to install it right away.
Google Art Project (GAP)
This is an update to their Arts & Culture project, where they allow people to virtually visit museums all over the world. With this new update, however, you can now visit local museums, galleries, and other art institutions right on the street corner.
This is one of their most technologically advanced apps yet – you can now access information about paintings in real-time using your Google toy to look at them. You’ll be able to hear all kinds of things about various pieces of art that may not even be on display anymore. You can also see who made each piece and how much it’s worth, all from the comfort of your own home.
Google Art Project is available for free on Google Play – go check it out now with your new gadget!