Making Android Accessories with IOIO
Going Mobile with Sensors, Lights, Motors, and Robots
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: February 2012
Pages: 72

Create your own electronic devices with the popular IOIO ("yoyo") board, and control them with your Android phone or tablet. With this concise guide, you’ll get started by building four example projects—after that, the possibilities for making your own fun and creative accessories with Android and IOIO are endless.

To build Android/IOIO devices, you write the program on your computer, transfer it to your Android, and then communicate with the IOIO via a USB or Bluetooth connection. The IOIO board translates the program into action. This book provides the source code and step-by-step instructions you need to build the example projects. All you have to supply is the hardware.

  • Learn your way around the IOIO and discover how it interacts with your Android
  • Build an intruder alarm that sends a text message when it detects movement
  • Make a temperature sensing device that logs readings on your Android
  • Create a multicolor LED matrix that displays a Space Invader animation
  • Build an IOIO-powered surveillance rover that you control with your Android
  • Get the software and hardware requirements for creating your own Android/IOIO accessories
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    Comments about oreilly Making Android Accessories with IOIO:

    This book does a good job getting a person new to Android, and a little bit of hardware, acclimated to the world of open source integration. However, if you are a beginner to electronics, I would start with something else first.
    The author assumes the reader has a basic knowledge of electronics such as soldering. You'll have to do a little bit of soldering to get the IOIO board together. It's nothing difficult but if you haven't done it before, you don't want to risk ruining a board because it's your first.
    Not having programmed for Android before but being curious on how it might be, I thought this would be a good way to see if it might be for me. The author does a good job explaining how to go about installing the software, setting it up, and then how to do everything you need to interface the IOIO board to your Android phone of choice so you can connect to the outside world through sensors or HMI interaction.
    Overall, I think it's a good book to get you up and going on an Android and does a good job explaining how to interface with the world using the IOIO. It gets you going on the basics but leaves more advanced projects up to you.

    Disclaimer: This book was received as part of the O'Reilly Blogger Review Program. All comments represent my thoughts and opinions.

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