Las Vegas, USA (5th January, 2016) — ASUS today announced an exciting new partnership with Google at the 2016 International CES® to create innovative computing solutions for the next generation of consumer IoT products for smart homes, based on the new Google Brillo Internet of Things (IoT) operating system and Google Weave communication platform.
ASUS and Google are also both committed to improving education and the quality of the classroom, a commitment reflected by today’s launch of the first concrete result of this close partnership — the classroom-tough Chromebook C202, a rugged Chrome OS computer built to withstand the rigors of educational use.
The Brillo IoT demonstration and Chromebook C202 are on display from today until the 8th January, 2016, in the ASUS Media Lounge on the 63rd floor of the Trump Hotel in Las Vegas.
Smart homes: the next generation
At CES 2016, ASUS and Google are showcasing the capabilities of next-generation smart home technology based on the Google Brillo platform and utilizing the Google Weave communications protocol. There will be live demonstrations of a forthcoming Brillo gateway device from ASUS, which will be connected to smart home devices including an IoT-enabled power plug and an ASUS Ai-Cam, allowing visitors to the ASUS Media Lounge to experience the future of smart homes.
Google Brillo is a new operating system for the IoT. It is designed to enable a new generation of digital living, and ensure that all connected devices work in perfect harmony. Brillo uses the Google Weave protocol for secure, reliable communications over wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth®
Every Android device works seamlessly with Brillo and Weave, allowing users to detect and connect to Weave-certified devices straight out of the box with no fuss or complicated setup. ASUS will release its first Brillo-powered smart home devices later in 2016.
Chromebook C202: The classroom-rugged Chromebook
ASUS Education delivers a broad range of innovative products and services to educational establishments around the world, and the ASUS Chromebook C202 is the latest addition to its portfolio.
”The ASUS Chromebook C202 demonstrates our total commitment to providing inspired solutions for the education sector”, said President of ASUS North America Steve Chang. “The incredibly tough chassis of Chromebook C202, combined with the proven and popular Chrome operating system, creates an education solution that helps minimize downtime and maximize learning time.”
Chromebook C202 is a lightweight, ruggedized Chrome OS computer that is designed from the ground up for educational use. Chromebook C202 is more than tough enough to withstand the daily rigors of classroom use, and combined with its superb manageability and hassle-free serviceability it helps schools and colleges to minimize downtime and maximize learning time.
Chromebook C202 redefines the meaning of ‘rugged’, with several class-leading design features that give it outstanding durability and enterprise-grade serviceability in typical educational environments, including a tough wraparound rubber bumper with reinforced corners, a spill-resistant keyboard, a scratch-resistant finish and shock-proof solid-state storage. Chromebook C202 is subjected to military-grade reliability tests and is best in its class for drop-test survival.
The highly-manageable Chromebook C202 is the ideal Chrome OS computer for educational institutions of any level that require a multi-user computing solution with low total cost of ownership and maximum uptime. For unrivaled serviceability, Chromebook C202 features the industry’s first modular design that allows easy removal or repair of key components such as the keyboard, power socket and battery. Full dismantling of the device is possible in a few easy steps using only simple tools.
Excellent ergonomics are ensured by the use of an anti-glare display that reduces distracting reflections, and a robust yet comfortable spill-resistant keyboard designed for easy student use. A long 10-hour battery life allows full-school-day operation on a single charge.