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HP Plans WebOS For Cars & Kitchen Appliances

Hewlett and Packard has maintained from early on that it hopes to persuade manufacturers to use its WebOS in a range of devices.

When the HP chief executive Leo Apothekar made that statement, experts and critics expected WebOS to be powering printers and tablet devices. However, WebOS chief Stephen DeWitt has revealed some of the company's targets for the future as well as ideas that are already in the pipeline.

According to a report published in the Wall Street Journal, HP is working towards its aim to bring use of its WebOS to devices other than smartphones and tablets. The computer vendor is looking to extend the utility of its operating system, by incorporating WebOS in systems within cars and kitchen appliances, amongst other things.

HP is hoping to strike a deal with companies and offer its operating system for devices that do not have their own personal interface, and have had 'enormous amount' of manufacturer interest. Though it is being considered as a smart move by tech experts, it could attract some negative interest, drawing the company into patent and copyright lawsuits.

It is also the case that other appliances generally last much longer, not being changed as often as a smartphone, so the new technology wont be adopted on a large scale overnight.

Certain appliance manufacturers of devices such as washing machines or refrigerators, might not see the value of a touchscreen display. However, the automobile industry would seem to be a good bet.