Adobe’s on a roll, putting flash into all kinds of devices. Expect lots of announcements this week as the Adobe MAX Conference gets underway. For example, over the weekend, news reports said that Adobe would extend flash to just about every phone in the market – except iPhone. The message is that with Flash 10.1, content that had previously only been available to desktop browsers will now be accessible on handheld devices.
The less talked about impact of Adobe’s plans is that Flash is rapidly becoming a de-facto development environment for rapid cross platform development. Rich enough to support many types of applications, Flash also delivers tangible productivity gains to software developers.
The team at local embedded OS creator QNX Software Systems has released a kit for developing automobile applications – in Flash. Dubbed QNX CAR, this system lets developers create entertainment systems, and dashboard systems, using Flash as the development environment. Riding on the QNX Neutrino RTOS, these systems are both reliable and easy to get to market quickly because of the Flash environment. And they look pretty darn good as well!
Here’s a sample dashboard, showing turn by turn GPS as well as drawing weather information from a live internet connection.
And here’s a sample entertainment system, showing streaming internet radio via Pandora.
Last week the QNX CAR team was announced as a finalist in the mobile category for the Adobe MAX Award at Adobe’s MAX conference. Congratulations to the home team, and good luck in the voting. If you’d like to cast your vote for QNX, simply click here and fill in the form. Hurry though, as tomorrow is the last day to vote.