November 07, 2013

Control an Arduino from an Android device without coding

Although the Arduino platform can be considered as one of the easier methods of using microcontrollers, sometimes you might want or need a control solution that doesn't need any coding at all - a neat solution for simple testing or controlling an existing product without the effort of creating your own app. To solve such problems an Android app "pfodApp" has been published by an Australian organisation Forward Computing and Control. 

You'll need a Bluetooth shield for your Arduino and of course an Android device, and with this combination you can control digital I/O pins, PWM and duty cycle, work with the analogue pins and more. it's up to you to create and add your own hardware to the Arduino which can then be controlled via the Android device. 

For more information and some neat tutorials about the system, start from the pFodApp Instructable. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

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