Thursday, December 27, 2012

Arduino & Android Integration

I'm working on a project for a friend of mine, which requires a Arduino to be connected to an Android device. The Android is the display and control interface for the Arduino, displaying data from the Arduino, pin status, and sending control messages to turn items on and off, dim with PWM, etc.

2 items we recommend are the Arduino MEGA ADK R3 for Android and Beginning Android ADK with Arduino. Add a Android phone or tablet, and you are on your way to creating some very cool apps, limited only by your imagination.

I just finished reading this book, and I highly recommend it. It makes it easy to create apps and communication between the Arduino and the Android!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Breadboard and Protoboard Combo Pack

A prototyper's dream combination, I can't recommend this inexpensive ($7) package enough. After working out the bugs in your design on the solderless breadboard, transfer it to the permanent PCB for posterity. Perfect for embedded DIY Arduino designs where shield compatibility is not a concern.

Breadboard 400

Standard solderless breadboard with 2 power strips and 400 contact points.

ProtoBoard 400

High quality,double-sided prototype board designed for quick and quality prototyping. These are production quality boards with solder mask and silk screen. The board has 464 plated through holes. The board is laid out to match a 400-point breadboard with the same row and column markings. This allows you to build a circuit on a breadboard then transfer the design to the protoboard exactly as it is on the breadboard. An additional double column of holes runs through the middle of the board for additional power connections.

These boards are durable and easy to work with. You won't have to worry about pads coming loose with this board!

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