Google introduces an accessory development kit that enables product developers to produce USB connected devices that will connect to Android 3.0 devices. This makes possible a straightforward implementation of external, 3rd party devices that can connect to future tablets and phones.
A online video of the overall USB product announcement is available from Google. The interesting part related to this appears at about +16 minutes into the video where the ADK hardware board is introduced. The board is based on the popular Arduino controller.The board design and software source code are all available – several vendors are building chipsets to support this.
I find this very cool.
IEEE has a video clip of a similar idea, the Sphero robotic ball that I showed from CES in January. That uses the iPhone as a remote control for the Sphero ball.
- Google picks Arduino for Android Open Accessory “kit” (electronics-lab.com)
- Official android open accessory development kit – it’s an Arduino (hackaday.com)
- Android Embraces Arduino; DIYers of the World Rejoice (pcworld.com)
- Android-Controlled Robots? Build Them Now With An Arduino-Based Development Kit (readwriteweb.com)
- Hands-on With the Android Open Accessory Development Kit (makezine.com)