Android meets Arduino

This new toolkit, called “Android” meets Arduino, allows you to connect an Arduino to your device and communicate back and forth. You could trigger external events at the Arduino end when an event happens on your phone, or even trigger things on your phone side when something happens at the Arduino.  We can’t wait to see the stuff people come up with beyond simple notifiers.

[via littlebirdceo]


  1. Brad Hein says:

    Oh now this is cool.

    I’ve been wanting to use an Arduino to connect to the car’s Single-wire CAN network. There are no bluetooth tools that do this to date, and an Arduino seems like a perfect option!

  2. tamberg says:

    Bluetooth – nice! To access your internet-enabled Arduino from any (mobile) Web client or browser you might want to check – a simple and open relay server providing access through firewalls.

  3. joel says:

    Um this could be handy in Irag for the jihadist who has money. One cellphone could trigger multiple detonations all timed out nicely to hit the entire convoy.

  4. Wiregeek says:


    you, sir, are the reason the terrorists have already won.

    I’m looking forward to this to chain up to my new Dell Streak, steering wheel controls, here I come!

  5. andy says:

    Brilliant! Now I can get a prepaid android phone and make that car remote start thing like that other guy had on here a while back!!

  6. Troel says:

    Hackaday, Android, and Arduino. I think I just came in my pants. …checking…. Yes. Yes I did.

  7. Frank26080115 says:

    How is the Arduino connected to the Android device? Are the FTDI chips supported? I wasn’t aware that Android had any USB host functionality yet (see )

    If this works I’m going to buy

  8. Frank26080115 says:

    Never mind, read it’s bluetooth, very disappointed.

  9. Kevin says:
  10. See the latest video for our telepresence littlebots that use the same principle. I’ve been trying to get them featured here for a month now… :(

    Anyway, schematics/software on request, just email me.

  11. Steve-O says:

    This may be useful in my project. Im building an arduino based CNC machine and being able to stream Gcode from the phone to the CNC would be crazy cool.


  12. Brian says:

    Very interesting.

    I’ve thought it would be a cool thing to be able to interface my cell (which currently ISN’T Android :( ) with an AVR chip.

    Actually, ANY small, semi-general purpose computer would be useful. I’ve thought about chaining a PSP (homebrew OS), camera, GPS, and (probably laser) rangefinder together with a zigbee (or maybe some other several hundred yard capable transmitter), and make myself a “future soldier” setup.

    Thinking just now, an android, bluetooth linked to a rangefinder and a head-mounted camera would give anyone who had a few hundred dollars to spare a very decent setup.

    If some of our militias were to really embrace modern technology…

  13. jihadist says:

    Thank you very much joel. we have plenty of money because when you buy poppyseed bagel, you are funding international terrorism. of course one country’s ‘terrorist’ is another country’s ‘freedom fighter’

  14. strider_mt2k says:

    Oh noes, someone could hit me over the head with one!

    Let’s cower!

    Sounds good!

  15. Yeah, you can do some pretty scary stuff. I built a $500 drone once and ended up asking the lab to scrap it because someone wrote a bomb-drop driver for it.

  16. jmells says:

    Great, now I can rig a few actuators and an arduino to my gas pedal and steering wheel and have a legitimate reason to text and drive….. Suck It Oprah

  17. Beginning of 2011 inopiaaardbei made a solution called: “Microbridge” using the Arduino USB host bridge and wrote the software to use the Android Debug Bridge to communicate from and to the Arduino via USB.

    It should run on all Android devices, including tablets.

    See more here – Links to his google code solution are in the post.

    A direct link to the google code repository is here:

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