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Tech giant ‘Google’ willing to bring smart tools to Raspberry Pi-like boards

Tech giant ‘Google’ willing to bring smart tools to Raspberry Pi-like boards
The Silicon Review
25 January, 2017

The tech giant Google recently hinted that it is interested in bringing "smart tools" to users of board computers like Raspberry Pi 3 and Intel's Edison. For the same, the company has launched a market research survey of the maker community, and the front page of the site states: "We at Google are interested in creating smart tools for makers, and want to hear from you about what would be most helpful."

The ongoing survey includes queries on favored maker boards, proficiency in hardware and software, and projects users may want to follow. However, Google chose not to comment on the same. But in a blog entry, Raspberry Pi noted that the smart tools will be available sometime this year.

Raspberry Pi said that ‘Devices strapped together via maker boards will become more capable with Google's smart tools. Further, the smart tools could help Google grow in IoT market, which is expected to touch 30.7 billion by 2020, and 75.4 billion by 2025, according to research released by IHS in March last year.

Google is also trying to get into more smart devices via Android Things, which is the company's IoT OS. The OS is a lightweight version of Android for use with sensors and cameras.

Only three boards -- Raspberry Pi 3, Intel Edison and NXP's Pico i.MX6UL -- support Android Things.

The company has also released code to make a doorbell and a weather station with the OS. Only two Android Things projects are listed on Hackster.io, a resource website listing maker projects. Bringing more tools to smart devices is also one way for Google to fight Amazon, who’s Alexa virtual assistant was in cars, home appliances and numerous gizmos at this month's CES.