February 26, 2014

Introduction to MIT App Inventor for Android and Arduino

Making your own Android apps to control an Arduino may have seemed out of reach, usually such development requires a lot of coding, experience and time that generally isn't avaliable. However thanks to MIT and Google, there is a simple, web-based method of creating your own - the MIT App Inventor.

To help us get started, Arduino enthusiast Rui Santos has created a video tutorial on the development environment, and follows with showing how to control an Arduino from such an app using a simple Bluetooth link. With the right hardware and the App Inventor, you'll be creating custom hardware-software integration that you never thought possible. You can watch the video below:

Furthermore, other information and some other very useful tutorials, visit Rui's website. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

If you're looking for an Arduino-compatible board with inbuilt USB host shield in order to connect directly to Android devices, look no further as we have the Freetronics USBDroid board:

Apart from being a fully Arduino Uno-compatible, it has onboard microSD socket and the full USB socket and host-mode controller. This is the ideal platform for developing peripherals or projects based around Android devices with ADK (Android Developer Kit) functionality, but without requiring a USB host controller shield stacked onto an Arduino. For more information and to order, visit the product page here.

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