Arduino & Handbag: Create Android Accessories Without Android Code

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Have you ever wanted to create a cool new hardware accessory for your
Android device? But do you find the thought of writing Android code daunting?

Learning Android development can be overwhelming if you are coming
from the much less complex world of Arduino microcontroller
development. The Handbag project enables those with only Arduino
experience to create acessories for Android devices without writing
Android code.

The Handbag library for Arduino—which builds on the Android Open
Accessory protocol—enables the user interface and functionality of an
accessory to be implemented in an Arduino sketch. When a
Handbag-compatible accessory is connected to an Android device the
user interface definition is uploaded to the Handbag for Android
application which then relays user actions to the Arduino sketch.

This session is presented by the creator of Handbag and the
dual-display Nexus One project as seen on Make, Hack a Day and

Attend this session and you will learn how to create Android
accessories without the need to learn Android development first.

It’s like cheating on your Android accessory development test!

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Philip Lindsay

Philip Lindsay (also known as “follower” from writes documentation, creates code libraries, develops example projects and provides developer support for companies including Pebble Technology, SparkFun Electronics, Arduino and other clients.

Tim O’Reilly once called Philip a “troublemaker” for his early Google Maps reverse engineering efforts.

He has a particular interest in the areas where design, art, craft and technology intersect.

Follow his project logs at Labradoc.

  • HTCpro
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Open Invention Network
  • X.commerce
  • Black Duck Software
  • BugSense
  • Dolby
  • Intel
  • Make magazine
  • Marvell
  • Meshin
  • MIPS Technologies

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