Here's an Android powered pen plotter that does it all. It was built by [Ytai Ben-Tsvi] to take with him to Maker Faire. He's the creator of IOIO, a hardware interface module designed to communicate with an Android device via USB (host or OTG are both supported). The physical hardware is simple enough. He draws on a pad of white paper using a felt-tipped marker. Located at the top of … [Read more...]
Android devices have grown up so quickly. We've seen them evolve from roughly put together android tablets and phones to the modern day devices that give Microsoft and Apple a run for their money.
One of the great things about android, is that it is so easily hacked and customized. From simple things like customizing your android phone's layout to rooting an android device like the nook color. The android family is still growing so fat that we are seeing new uses and mods every day. Not only are people tweaking their android devices, they're using them for things we never imagined, such as this example of cracking wifi passwords with an android device.
Even if you're not into modding your android device, we even have a tutorial series on writing android apps to get you started. Jump in and get that android phone kicking ass!
This hack, which adds external flipper controls to Android pinball, is a great way to cut your teeth at Android hardware hacking. [Ruben] decided to go with the TI Launchpad for this project. The MSP430 dev board offers serial communications via a USB connection, but it's not quite as easy as just finding the right cable. His tablet does support USB On the Go (OTG), but the board identifies … [Read more...]
We mourn the loss of the physical keyboard with the advent of tablets. After all, we do a bit of typing getting all of these features posted throughout the week. And we kind of blame tablets for the decline of the netbook industry (we still use a Dell Vostro A90 when not at home). But we're trying to keep an open mind that we may not need a physical keyboard anymore. If someone can come up with an … [Read more...]
[Ryan] has a friend with a birthday coming up, and being inspired by ever 12-year-olds favorite game, he decided to make a Minecraft ore block with RGB LEDs. The block can change from diamonds to emeralds via commands send from an Android phone. After a few false starts, [Ryan] eventually had his ore cube laser cut at Acess Space, a hackerspace-ish group in Sheffield. The box was constructed … [Read more...]
[Lou Prado] sent in a link to his new video on using a Bluetooth headset as a garage door opener for your Android device. This isn't a new hack, and we've actually seen him pull it off once before back in 2011. But we're running this as an update for a couple of reasons. First off, we had forgotten about the hack and it's worth revisiting. Secondly, the headset which he used with the initial hack … [Read more...]
A reverse geocache - a box that only opens in a specific geographical area - is a perennial favorite here at Hackaday. We see a ton of different implementations, but most of the time, the builds are reasonably similar. Of course dedicating a GPS receiver solely to a reverse geocache isn't an inexpensive prospect, so [Eric] came up with a better solution. He's using a smart phone as the brains of … [Read more...]