Google’s Ubiquity Dev Summit for IoT Opens Registration

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Computers are all around us, and they’re continuing to become more prevalent. This has introduced the terms Internet of Things and the ubiquitous computing. Basically, things that once were isolated, like a television, are now connected to the Internet. What does this mean in terms of user experience, and more importantly, what does this mean for developers? If developers learn how to connect these seemingly disparate systems together, they can vastly improve the experience that users receive.

The goal is to teach developers how to create software that scales to different devices in a cohesive way. Google has just opened up registration for the Ubiquity Dev Summit. It’s a conference for developers where speakers from Google will talk about their work and how developers can take advantage of it. It’s taking place in the Strand Theater in San Francisco.

What is to be expected? There’ll be talk about Android Auto, IoT products Brillo and Weave, and of course Android TV. It’s likely that we will learn more about Android TV’s future, such as it’s integration into the IoT world by acting as a hub.

John Affaki, engineering director for Google Cast, and Majd Bakar, engineering director for the Living Room at Google, are among the speakers during this conference. Android TV is making a big splash as some of the first sessions are about it. John and Majd are hosting one of the first sessions: “Fireside Chat: The Future of the Living Room” just after lunch. A later session focuses on gaming called “Gaming and Android TV”.

Android TV’s are not consoles and that’s why they are ideal for defining a new gaming segment. This talk is about constraints and design and how embracing them for TV can help your game succeed in a new market. This is a technical talk — there will be code.

The more challenging it is to get design/implementation right, the more potential you have to win in the space. Why consumer products like Android TV & Chromecast offer a very real chance to define new game markets through superior implementation considering system constraints.

Although the sessions are short, it gives developers a more intimate look at some of these software platforms compared to the hustle and breadth of Google I/O. Code labs allow interested developers to get help on site from experts who actually built these projects. Google is continuing to make Android TV a priority among all the other ubiquitous computing platforms they build.

At the time of writing this article, the registration site for the Ubiquity Dev Summit seems to be down for scheduled maintenance.

If you’re not interested in flying to California, you can stream every session live.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker)Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop.Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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