Google ADK clones pack a few extra features, hopefully far cheaper than the original


[charliex] from Null Space Labs wrote in to share a project that he and the rest of the gang have been working on over the last few weeks. The team has been remixing and building clones of the Google ADK demo board we saw earlier this year, in hopes of getting a huge batch prepped before Defcon 19.

Their version makes subtle changes to the original, such as extra header rows for Mega AVRs, higher quality RGB LEDs, and a nifty pirate-Android logo. They also added the ability for the board to send and receive IR signals allowing it to be used as a TV-B-Gone, as well as in more fruitful pursuits. The Arduino board used with the ADK has only undergone minor revisions, most of which were layout related.

[charliex] hasn’t mentioned a price for their improved ADK boards, but we’re guessing they will be substantially cheaper than the official Google version. In the meantime, check out their site for a boatload of pictures and videos of these boards undergoing various stages of construction.


  1. BiOzZ says:

    HAHA the andropirate is epic win!

  2. Buddhafw says:

    Me want now…… NOW DAMN IT!

  3. charliex says:

    they’re half the price.

    • m1ndtr1p says:

      So $195? Still seems expensive for what’s basically an Arduino Mega with a shield. But hey, it beats paying $390 elsewhere, especially considering this one works with older Android versions while the official one only works with Android 2.3.4 and above.

      I have to pick one of these up sometime to put the old HTC G1/Dream to better use, taking up space in the parts drawer isn’t a good use for it.

  4. charliex says:

    Also unlike the RT/google version it runs on phones pre 2.3.4..

  5. Inopia says:

    For those looking for a cheap ADK fix, Emartee now sells a clone of Oleg’s shield (including Arduino Mega support) for $30:

    Anyway, nice to see they use Microbridge :P

  6. Charley says:

    Any of you guys fancy writing an app that will orbit the Earth?

    A colleague just told me about this competition to write an Android application that will be flown on a samll satellite!

    I saw this and thought that it might be approriate for the blog

    Write an Android app for SPACE!

    Link and details below

    We’re giving away the chance to write an app and the chance to fly that app in space, on our phone.
    Your app has to be interesting, preferably with some kind of scientific or technological goal (but we are not ruling out apps which are just plain fun!) and you have to convince us that you could have the app ready for the 1st of October 2011.


    • gcb says:

      Wtf? A camera looking at phone screen? A wifi interface? What will power the phone? an atomic power source powering an motor woth a fake rubber hand that cranks a dinamo for the cell phone charger?

      Man, i thought rocket scientists were clever and had good toys

  7. Kevin says:

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