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In case you haven't heard the term, "The Internet of Things" is the big buzzword terminology used to describe the next generation of the Internet. It basically is an envisioned future in which just about everything in our environment is interconnected through the Internet.
This allows our various devices (from household appliances to automobiles) to operate at a whole new level of functionality and interactivity. The goal of the concept is to basically help streamline everything we do, and allow all of our devices to be smart enough to give us instantaneous access to extra information, capabilities and more.
Of course, Google is at the forefront of the push toward "The Internet of Things," and at Google I/O 2015 yesterday, they revealed their newest methods for evolving towards it. The first is called Google Brillo, and it is basically Google's new OS which is designed specifically to run the various "smart devices" in our life. The second facet of their plan is called Google Weave. It's basically the communications layer between various Brillo-powered devices.
Interestingly, Brillo is actually a streamlined and flexible, minimized version of Android. It's meant to power the simplest of devices which don't really need high-tech processing (like a WiFi equipped smart toaser, or a smart light-switch). Weave is an API framework, and Google is also making it cross-platform so it will be able to communicate with non-Brillo devices as well. The developer preview for Project Brillo will be available in Q3, and Weave's API should be accessible in Q4 2015.
Source: Project Brillo Google Developers