Project Brillo will be the name of Google's second attempt to create an operating system that links objects from thermostats to washing machines to each other and to the web.
Revealed on Thursday at the company's annual developer conference, Google confirmed that Project Brillo will be based on its existing Android operating system but is significantly streamlined for use in objects other than smartphones and tablets.
Back in 2011 Google announced something called Android@Home, the company's initial attempt to build an Internet of Things platform.
It disappeared almost as quickly as it arrived. Four years later the digital landscape is decidedly different and consumers and developers are ready for a more connected lifestyle where the kettle automatically boils when a car pulls into the garage or the washing machine sends a text alert when the spin cycle is finished.