Do we really want to give Android the power to control our washing machines, dryers and ovens? Would someone hack them to microwave your underpants, wash your soup and dry your pizza?
It probably doesn't matter. I do it all the time. But better get used to it, because this is what we are getting soon:
This is the NIM1000, a capacitive, touch-sensitive, Android-based module that is designed to control all kinds of appliances. It has the necessary connections to plug into anything, from kitchen appliances to printers and enterprise desktop phones. You can't buy it, however: It's designed for manufacturers of these products.
Made by Touch Revolution, the NIM1000 module will be demonstrated at CES in these appliances and gadgets, showing what features they can get. The washer-dryer has slide touch-screen controls, stain guides, and a way to interpret the extraterrestrial symbols that come printed in clothes' labels. The microwave, according to Touch Revolution, doubles a kitchen control centre with widgets to play Pandora, show a photo of your dog, read the news, a web browser, and timers for both the oven and the burners.
Do you need your microwave to be a kitchen command centre while I play music and watch pictures of my dog in it all day, while posting for Gizmodo through the web browser? I don't know about you, but I'll bet they're like shareware.
Wouldn't you? Yes, this reminds me a bit of the old dot.com era, when everyone and their dogs put Java or Windows CE in every single thing out there. And we all know how that ended.