Getting Physical with Android: Open Accessories & NFC

App Development Grand Ballroom C
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Android is no longer just a mobile OS. It is fast becoming a hardware hub with new capabilities like NFC and the Open Accessory Development Kit. The Open Accessory Development KIt will allow anyone, without an NDA, to make hardware peripherals that work with Android. NFC uses radio tags to bring android into the physical world. You are no longer restricted to just software with Android.

The Open Accessory Development Kit hosts external USB hardware. It can give any peripheral an Android UI. It’s being used for exercise machines, robots and especially for Makers, Arduino boards. This workshop walks through USB hosting and the controlling of peripherals.

NFC (Near Field Communication) is baked into current releases of Android, but its uses are just being discovered. NFC uses low-powered radio tags that are activated by extremely close proximity to the Android antenna. With NFC you can pass links, contacts, and apps with a single tap. In this workshop we explore how to make it happen.

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Brian Jepson

O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Brian Jepson is an editor for O’Reilly Media; he covers a number of areas, including Arduino, wireless sensor networks, mobile devices, as well as some Microsoft and Apple topics.

He likes to hack on gadgets such as Arduino and the Netduino in his spare time, and he is also the co-founder and co-host of Providence Geeks, a monthly gathering in Providence, RI.

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Tyler Moskowite

O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Tyler Moskowite, a programmer, engineering intern at Make Magazine, and student at Santa Rosa Junior College, has been tinkering with electronics for almost half his life. He picked up Arduino, then Android, and with the release of the ADK he has found his niche.

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April Johnson
10/11/2011 1:39pm PDT

I was really looking forward to this session but it was a little disappointing. Tyler needs to practice his presentation skills. He was hard to follow and did not seem prepared. Brian tried to help Tyler but it was still confusing to follow. Brian’s part of the session was much more engaging. It’s a very interesting subject.

Eric Chu
10/11/2011 12:50pm PDT

Oh wow, this session taught me so much! Getting the ADK running is much easier than I thought. I’m going to come up with some crazy projects using the ADK now that I know its capabilities and limitations. Thanks guys!

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