Android@Home – From Sweet Home to affordable Smart Home

Two can play in this game. The device will be the host and the host will be the device. Is Google going bananas? Why a small PCB will be the host and a big powerful Android tablet PC or smartphone will be the device? Does this make any sense? Yes it does.

Cheap Smart Home with Android@Home

Android tablets are already affordable. They are produced in millions. By mounting such an inexpensive Android tablet in a nicely designed plastic enclosure screwed to the wall in your Sweet Home it will become your Smart Home. The only thing missing will be the interaction to other electronic systems in your home.

Android@Home evaluation kit

Android@Home evaluation kit

Android@Home supported by Microchip

Microchip is ready with a helping hand because they have announced the release of the Microchip PIC24F Accessory Development Start Kit for Android. This standalone board will be used for evaluating and developing electronic accessories for Android based smartphones and tablets.

The PIC24F Accessory Development Starter Kit for Android is available today for just $79.99. The PIC32 Accessory Development Starter Kit for Android is expected to be available in the third quarter of 2011 for $79.99 as well. The software library will support both kits.


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  1. What are you comments regarding this article:
    Google caught cheating in Android@Home demo –

  2. Hi Valent, I placed orders for Android@Home kits of Microchip in the meantime. Right now I have 3 projects with 3 different companies. Android@Home is interfacing PCB with a Microchip uC and an Android phone or tablet on USB. The smartphone shall support Android 2.3.4 and the tablet Android 3.1. With this latest versions of the you will get support of USB. There is no cheating. Microchip was already in our office to show the Android@Home life.

    The link at your blog posts ends at Synapse. Synapse offers some kind of radio modules. Google promised us a protocol on 6LoWPAN by using 868 / 915 MHz and some kind of their own protocol on top. 6LoWPAN already is open source. The 6LoWPAN modules I am using are already on 868 / 915 MHz.

    Valent, I assume you are mixing several topics. Google showed a bulb with wireless module inside, Google promised us 6LoWPAN and Google showed how to use a PCB with uC and uC together with a Android smartphone or tablet.

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