August 17, 2011
HP Bringing WebOS To Kitchen Appliances And Cars
Hewlett Packard Co. is planning on bringing its WebOS to kitchen appliances and automobiles, according to reports by many news outlets.
Several reports say that HP is in talks with companies that have interest in licensing WebOS for use in products like stoves, washing machines and cars.The company said the platform's ability to be integrated into touchscreen platforms could make the machines easier to operate and add new features.
HP says that a WebOS-based kitchen appliance will gravitate to phones and tablets that run the same platform to assure seamless integration.
According to a report by Mobiledia, analysts believe WebOS could be the best option for companies manufacturing devices for non-tech-savvy people.
Google also reportedly has interest in diving into the same market. The company announced its Android@Home project earlier in 2011 as a potential accessory for a smartphone to control household devices.
The Wall Street Journal reported that chances of HP finding friends in the car business are slim.
Thilo Koslowski, an analyst speaking to the Journal, said carmakers are unlikely to invest in a new technology since most of them already have services in place.
"The automobile industry has no interest in changing suppliers every year," Koslowski told the Journal.
HP took control of WebOS after it bought Palm last year for $1.2 billion. The company has since brought the WebOS line to smartphones and its latest tablet, the TouchPad.
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