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 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.