Developing for iPhone serial communications

[Hcgilje] threw together a tutorial on using serial communications in iPhone applications. It builds upon the DevDot tutorial which was posted back in 2007. A lot has changed since then; the firmware has come a long way and there are several development tools that now make things a bit easier for you. His examples use Interface Builder and openFrameworks to demonstrate GUI control of an LED and a servo motor. Now go out and design your own peripherals for this popular handset.


  1. deathventure says:

    that wind-up bird project you have linked on the site seems very interesting too.

  2. aw says:

    I will have to carefully read it later, have you had any luck with xgps and a normal GPS device? I wanted a DIY gps to use with an Appstore gps program but never got xgps to recognize the serial device. I gave up but always wondered if it will work on firmware 3+

  3. googfan says:

    Hasn’t this been done a million times?

  4. Dustin says:

    Admittedly, I have not yet read the entire article. I was wondering if anyone knows if I could use this with *gasp* an Arduino? I’m making an iPod dock with an 8X8 LED Matrix. I would like to be able to send animations to the Matrix using the serial connection on the iPod. to see how the project is coming along.

  5. Dustin says:

    Read the article. He uses an Arduino with an Xbee. I apologize for not reading it first. You can disregard both of these comments. I just need to do some iPod / Arduino serial communication learning.

  6. IT Ninja says:

    why do i get the feeling that smart phones are among the next big security risks?

    for free basic to advanced ethical hacking tutorials visit :

    PS: The National Security Agency was recently hacked. Yes hacked! But it was downplayed to the media for obvious shameful reasons. Here’s the link :

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