The Object Network


One goal of the Object Network is to give people an empowering alternative to the ecosystems of the internet super-powers, such as Android and Google. On a more positive note, its main goal is to be an operating system of a future where computers merge seamlessly into our daily lives and reality to an unprecedented level of detail, when Augmented Reality and the Internet of Things are no longer considered separate things, or even things in their own right.

As such, the Object Network operating system, Onex, is intended to be used instead of operating systems and ecosystems like Google's Android, rather than working within or on top of them. Onex wants to power smart-home devices and smart wearables, which may include something small and square like a smartphone, but could also include glasses, watches and head-up displays, wall-screens or holographic projectors.

Initial Object Network prototyping will be done on commodity boards such as the Raspberry Pi and the BBC Micro:Bit, then Onex will be ported to existing complete smart-home, wearable and mobile devices, replacing their factory operating system. Finally, dedicated, Onex-native devices will be produced, probably crowd-funded.

However, to enable a smooth transition between existing ecosystems and the Object Network during those phases, Onex will be able to connect to interfaces offered by Google, Facebook and others, and adapt them into the Object Network.

Onex could also run over a traditional operating system - Linux - for use as an app within Android phones and for testing purposes.

The Object Network ecosystem will be our own. There are no apps in the Object Network - instead we'll share animation rules and build on each other's work through links. We'll be able to make money engaging with each other directly instead of via middle-agents.

Duncan Cragg, 2016

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