Android is no longer just a mobile OS. It is fast becoming a hardware hub with new capabilities like NFC and the Open Accessory Development Kit. The Open Accessory Development KIt will allow anyone, without an NDA, to make hardware peripherals that work with Android. NFC uses radio tags to bring android into the physical world. You are no longer restricted to just software with Android.
The Open Accessory Development Kit hosts external USB hardware. It can give any peripheral an Android UI. It’s being used for exercise machines, robots and especially for Makers, Arduino boards. This workshop walks through USB hosting and the controlling of peripherals.
NFC (Near Field Communication) is baked into current releases of Android, but its uses are just being discovered. NFC uses low-powered radio tags that are activated by extremely close proximity to the Android antenna. With NFC you can pass links, contacts, and apps with a single tap. In this workshop we explore how to make it happen.
Brian Jepson is an editor for O’Reilly Media; he covers a number of areas, including Arduino, wireless sensor networks, mobile devices, as well as some Microsoft and Apple topics.
He likes to hack on gadgets such as Arduino and the Netduino in his spare time, and he is also the co-founder and co-host of Providence Geeks, a monthly gathering in Providence, RI.
Tyler Moskowite, a programmer, engineering intern at Make Magazine, and student at Santa Rosa Junior College, has been tinkering with electronics for almost half his life. He picked up Arduino, then Android, and with the release of the ADK he has found his niche.
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