Today Google released App Inventor, an application for Mac and PC users that allows non-programmers to build working Android applications by linking together pre-defined programming modules.  The modules provide access to the phone’s sensors, its text to speech system,and even online content.

The software uses the Open Blocks Java library that is distributed by MIT’s Scheller Teacher Education Program.

Access to the App Inventor will be given in the coming weeks, but you’ll need to sign up for it ahead of time with a Google email address at the App Inventor website.