Google just announced that a hyper-efficient operating system for the internet of things: Brillo. Developed with the engineers from Nest, the new Android-based OS is designed to be very streamlined, so that any connected object can communicate with another. The common standard that makes it all possible is called Weave.
That’s not the actual logo above, but the pun makes good sense. Brillo should help you create a tightly knit network for all of your connected devices. This means your smart lock, your connected light bulbs, your intelligent thermostat, and anything else in your internet of things will be able to talk to each other. Hence the name Weave for the standard. The slide below shows the basic. Brillo is Android-based, simple, supported by as many devices as possible, and secure:
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of Brillo. In fact, the real thing is pretty much what we thought it would be. However, the new Weave standard adds a wrinkle that will probably mean more to developers than the average user. It’s more evidence that Google wants to control the internet of things, though.
The whole system should be ready by the end of 2015.