Search giant Google is planning on launching a range of home electrical goods including light bulbs and dishwasher that will use wireless technology to communicate with PCs, smartphones and tablets.

Android@Home was previewed at a software developers' conference in San Francisco this week. Google said it wants users to be able to control and record data from the devices, for example to measure energy use, using their handsets and PCs. The search engine said the project will "allow Android apps to discover, connect and communicate with appliances and devices in your home".

The search engine demonstrated a number of 'home automation' processes using devices running its Google Android operating system, including switching lights on and off and playing music from the web through a stereo system.

"From the beginning, Android was designed to extend beyond the mobile phone," the search engine added.