Android Open Accessory - opinions?

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So you hook an Android phone up to an Arduino and away you go. I've let this simmer for a few months but I keep thinking that this really may be the next big thing in embedded systems. I've seen all kinds of attempt so hook cellphones and PDAs and itsy PCs to use as user interfaces for embedded systems and none of them seemed to quite make it. But if you are going to have a smartphone anyway what is the down side of having a little box you can hook up to it to use an and oscilloscope or logic analyzer or a full-fledged shirt-pocket portable electronic workbench or any other hand held invention you might imagine.

The Arduino shocked many people, me included, when it seemed to come out of nowhere and get such a huge market that didn't seem to exist before (Parallax might argue here, but they certainly didn't get the traction that the Arduino did.)

Is this a new thing like the Arduino that is going to take off big time or another flash in the pan?

Your opinions welcome.

Smiley

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I would buy an Adroid terminal emulator app. Doesn't need to be Hyperterminal compatible though.....

My son in law's job as a sales guy for very smart (ie very expensive) remote controls is under threat as they see that the market will soon be lost to smartphones/tablets so they are moving that way too before the boat sinks.

A Bluetooth to IR converter box (a few dollars) will be the only thing a customer needs to buy and then he can throw all his remotes in the bin and use his smartphone. Maybe pay a couple of dollars for a remote app.

John Samperi

Ampertronics Pty. Ltd.

www.ampertronics.com.au

* Electronic Design * Custom Products * Contract Assembly

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I have a BlueTooth terminal on my tablet. And BlueTooth uart-compatible modules in the shack to hook up to any AVR setup. It's getting better al the time :)

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I have thought about the interesting possibilities with zigbee applications. imagine hooking up an array of sensors/actuators to your android phone where by opening motorized blinds is as simple as pushing a button on your touchscreen. Want to teach your pet manners ? hook him up to some electrodes and zap him when he misbehaves!

The possibilities are limited by our very own creativity.

It's a matter of time before some one sharp creates something unfathomable.

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Of course the second your phone dies you are in all sort of problems as you can't use anything anymore. :-)

John Samperi

Ampertronics Pty. Ltd.

www.ampertronics.com.au

* Electronic Design * Custom Products * Contract Assembly

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I have a project similar to this. I have the Android OS provide the user interface and have a Rabbit Semi webserver providing comms between devices

Android(UI) - IP - Rabbit device - RF - end devices (security locks, lights, sensors, etc)

Havent had the time to make the PCBs yet as I do it only on my free time

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I've done something similar based on OSC (open sound systems control) where on the Iphone & Ipad there's a few apps. One is 'control' that I've yet to fully investigate and a cheap one called 'iosc'. Basically you define some controls, give them tags and messages are output over the WiFi on a given UDP socket. Worked great for my lighting control in my garage. Linux has support for this protocol and it is easy to support. Whilst I didn't use arduino, I used an AVR along with a enc28j60 for the network interface.
Overall, I can see more and more uses for smartphones in replacing remote controls etc. Next is my security system where I won't need a control panel - the smartphone will have that as an application or webpage.

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Next is my security system where I won't need a control panel - the smartphone will have that as an application or webpage.
And how are you going to get into the house when you leave your phone on top of the car and drive off?... What? Never happened to you? :lol:

John Samperi

Ampertronics Pty. Ltd.

www.ampertronics.com.au

* Electronic Design * Custom Products * Contract Assembly

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Sorry John, i have asperger's syndrome so i avoid these issues as a matter of habit!