Now this is doubly exciting: an Android app that uses your phone’s sensors to send input to Scratch. Two of my favorite things (Scratch and Android) coming together.
I have already watch the video clip (see above) and downloaded the app itself onto my Nexus One. Tomorrow I will try it out at school with the kids to see how it goes.
It remains to be seen what exactly can be done with this additional Scratch input, of course. Would it make your phone into a game controller or scientific probe? Would it give you robotics, remote control-style interactions with Scratch?
I will post again on this topic when I have had the opportunity to explore this one further.
MAKE | Access Android Sensors from a Scratch Program.
Scratch Sensor – the Android Smartphone as a DAQ module
Scratch Sensor in the Android Market
One of the things that I am very curious about is a cloud-based laptop/netbook/tablet. The Google Chrome OS is already under development as a free, open-source operating system (called Chromium, by the way) and now Google is piloting their own hardware which will come preloaded with Chrome. It will be released in the States with 100MB FREE 3G data from Verizon every month for two years (with optional increases available for those who need it, of course).
This video clip shows how quickly the Chrome OS boots/sleeps/wakes and nicely makes the point that living in the cloud make that the device itself irrelevant.