Soon after Google ADK announcement it was discovered that $300 Arduino-based ADK hardware kit (out of stock at the time of this writing) is not really necessary; the same functionality can be achieved with standard Arduino board and USB Host Shield. Today, one of the developers sent me a link to GoogleADK – site, which explains how to build Google ADK hardware from standard components and use it.
The site shows how USB Host Shield looks like when all headers are soldered in place. It also has Get Started page which gives step-by-step instructions on installing necessary software components on Linux box. Word of caution – the link on this page points to the product page of old rev.1.xx shield, even though all pictures show the current rev.2.0 one.
At present, the site is pretty lean but it is a good start nevertheless. I will be monitoring it to see if any new content would come up. Arduino-Android tandem offers very interesting capabilities and I’m hoping to see many cool Android-based projects soon.
- Google Open Accessory Interface for USB Host Shield Library 2.0 released
- Building PL2303 USB to Serial converter from old data cable
- USB Host Mini Hardware Manual
- Andriod ADK-compatible USB Host Library release.
- Exchanging data between USB devices and Android phone using Arduino and USB Host shield
- Android ADK terminal emulator for Arduino
- Using HID device for RC control
- USB Host Shield library Version 2.0 released.
- Interfacing Arduino to USB GPRS modem
- RC car controlled by Wii Remote on Arduino