Droid Power!

February 8, 2010

After purchasing my new Droid phone, I started to dive further into its uses. I initially liked the open source operating system (Google’s Android OS) and the features available. Now I have found that I can do almost anything with this ‘pocket computer’, from work to play.

I’m sure the iPhone fans are saying ‘yeah my phone does that’, but I didn’t buy an iPhone for a reason. I can do all the regular stuff, find a restaurant or movie without even opening Google. I can play games, update facebook, take pictures and post them online or email, etc. etc. etc.

Can you talk to your phone? Let’s say I need to find a product for my home computer:

Me: Droid, locate ‘firewire card Dallas’.

Droid: Micro Warehouse, Phone Number, Address – Would you like to call? Do you need driving directions with GPS tracking?

Me: Dial for me please. ‘Do you guys carry firewire cards for…..blahblah.’

When I get into the store, the guy doesn’t know if the firewire card has windows 7 drivers. Hmm… Droid scans the barcode and takes me to the manufacturer’s product page where I can see that drivers are downloadable. Thanks Droid!

I can connect to a VPN, RDP to my workstation or SSH to my server! I can write text messages with my voice, read emails while talking on the phone, even translate by voice into other languages (never getting lost in Spain again)! I still have so much to learn about the abilities of this device, but it does point to our ‘futuristic’ intentions in having a computer in our palm that allows us to interact with the world.

Oops, did I forget to turn off the coffee pot at home? ‘Droid….?’ I don’t think they are on speaking terms yet. I’ll have to get the coffee maker control application. Droid says no results…

Comments

February 8th, 2010 at 11:41am

You need to "borrow" some of the power strips from the DC, knock up a quick app to toggle the strip power on/off and hey presto - now the droid can control your coffee machine :-)

February 9th, 2010 at 2:57am

Hi, can you share how you were able to connect via VPN and SSH? I believe it requires some sort of root access?

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February 8th, 2010 at 11:41am

You need to "borrow" some of the power strips from the DC, knock up a quick app to toggle the strip power on/off and hey presto - now the droid can control your coffee machine :-)

February 9th, 2010 at 2:57am

Hi, can you share how you were able to connect via VPN and SSH? I believe it requires some sort of root access?

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