Wednesday, May 11, 2011


I was reading this article this morning

is it just me or does every time google open source something i shudder, more free R&D for the borg.

I wonder if they have done a better job with android robot than they did with google wave in that you can create code and monetise/license your work.

One of the primary issues with wave is there was no way to restrict your code being used on certain installations etc so basically google wanted developers to work for free.

Any thoughts?


  1. I've been looking into Android@home today as well as google's predicitive engine. Combine the two and you've got something pretty interesting for home automation and energy efficiency.
    The predictive engine actually has a transaction based business model, it'll be interesting to see if anyone uses it.
    But what about Google Powermeter? It's just a graph of your energy consumption. It's amazing they've got some utilities to use it. It takes longer to navigate their web services api than it would take to simply write a similar program. But there are several utilities using it. Consumers still have to opt-in but in doing so you give all your energy consumption data to google. I can see what's in it for google, but not for the rest of us.

  2. Well, you can really expect that from Google. Open source pretty much drove their whole business and monetize with ads. If Google allows the community a way to earn from their work, I think that would be great for everyone.