LabVIEW on the GPhone?!?!?
As you may know, I work at National Instruments, the awesome, Austin-based company that makes the graphical programming language LabVIEW. I saw this today and started daydreaming about the future of graphical programming on a smart phone.
While there isn’t technically a “Gphone” yet, the SDK for the Google Android is now live. Google co-founder Sergey Brin and Director of Engineering Steve Horowitz introduce the platform and some sample applications. As the pair explain, Android supports touchscreen, offers a Webkit-based browser, and includes support for accelerated 3D graphics. You can also see the integration of other Google services, such as Google Maps.
In conjunction with the launch, Google has also announced $10 million in prize money through the Android Developer Challenge for the best applications. The company will be awarding fifty $25,000 prizes and an additional ten $275,000 and $100,000 awards. Fast forward to the last few moments of the video to hear Brin’s explanation of the contest. Maybe we should find a cool way to do LabVIEW on the new platform?!?
Additionally, it’s interesting that Google is making the SDK totally open to the public and encouraging (er, incentivizing) people to develop third-party apps for their phone vs. Apple, which has had a lot of problem keeping their development community happy with the iPhone. Click here for background information on the SDK for the iPhone.