When we think of Android, we tend to focus on the amazing products that manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, and Motorola have given us… but what we are really doing there is focusing on the hardware, not the potential of the software. Android’s code is open-source, and that means that it can be used in more than the traditional tablets and cellular phones. A company called Spectralink is looking to adopt a new device called the Spectralink Pivot that will run on Android, but be specifically designed to work in healthcare facilities. The device will do traditional voice calling, video and data submissions over WLAN, and have a 1D/2D bar code scanner built right in (on the back of the phone, not shown). At first this seems trivial. The big thing here is that the Android OS is now being run on a device other than a phone or tablet. We have heard rumors of cars running on Android, but this is a device that will help the nursing staff at hospitals save lives. It doesn’t just end there. This tech could be used in a massive warehouse to keep supervisors informed, or in a standard business that just needs better communication.
The alternative that people are using now is something like an iPod or and iPad with extra accessories dangling off them. Android eliminates the purpose of these. With the open source code, you can do it all from right in the software if you know how. This will make it easier for the IT guys at the companies, because it is much easier to fix something when you have more control over it. These devices can be specified for the field they are going to be used in, which is far superior to just compromising to what accessories are available at the time. Now these pieces of tech are not meant, nor priced, for the average consumer. The handset in question, the Pivot 8753, costs $950 and is just a part of a complete WLAN communications package offered by Spectralink. Even though it is very pricey, I personally am excited to see Android being used like this. The open source capabilities are almost limitless, and that fact that we are seeing it being used beyond the traditional consumer realm is very exciting.