DroidScript, Bus Pirate helper app for your Android device

JamesNewton writes, “I finally managed to write a USB OTG helper script for talking to the Bus Pirate.  The biggest problem I have with the Bus Pirate is that on the human side it speaks in very terse, hard to remember, codes. The point of this script is to make that easy by providing a […]

Open source Android IMSI-Catcher Detector

The crew from SecUpwN wrote in to tell us about their free and open source project to detect IMSI-Catchers and Silent SMS attacks with your Android smartphone: The Android IMSI-Catcher Detector Starting out on XDA Developers, our small team and me has been working on an open-source security-related Android App since the end of 2013 called the […]

Portable bluetooth-enabled scrolling LED matrix display

An open-source cascadable 8×8 LED matrix module using Arduino and MAX7219 from Embedded Lab: Easy Matrix is a cascadable 8×8 LED matrix module with the MAX7219 chip on board, which allows to control the display with only 3 I/O pins from microcontroller. Multiple Easy Matrix modules can be easily cascaded to make a bigger-size display through […]

Light up your XMAS from your Smartphone

Boris of Open Electronics writes: This post is about a light animation game that can light up your Christmas. There’s Bluetooth, Android and audio files: a perfect festive mashup. A spectrum analyzer will help us color the winter festivities. Every year at Christmas we always want to try something new for lighting up our decorations: […]

FT311D now supports Android Open Accessory Mode 2.0

A few weeks ago we posted that the FT311D Android Open Accessory (AOA) ICs didn’t support AOA 2.0 devices. This has been rectified in the latest silicon revision (rev C.). The device required a change to enable connection to the latest revision of Android Open Accessory Mode, upgraded from 1.0 to 2.0 in November 2012. […]

FT311D errata: The IC doesn’t work with Android v4.1 and above

We designed a breakout board for the FT311D Android Open Accessory (AOA) ICs. We got the prototypes in our workshop, and in the free PCB drawer. Only thing missing is for FTDI to start selling them. In this waiting period we stumbled onto the errata for this IC. There are two errors reported in the […]

3D Model: FT311D Breakout Board

Today’s 3D model is the latest board from our shop, the FT311D Android Open Accessory IC Breakout Board. It’s designed on our DP6037 standard sized board, for compstibility with out  Sick of Beige cases. Check out out Sick of Beige customization tutorial explaining how to fit your project into our Sick of Beige cases. The models will be published […]

Eagle Parts: FT311D Android Open Accessory host USB IC

We added the recently released FT311D Android Open Accessory host USB IC in a LQFP-32 package to our Eagle library. The device makes it easy to communicate to Android devices using the Android Open Accessory Mode available on Android platforms from 3.1 and up. The reference circuit is pretty simple, like most FTDI chips, we’ll […]

FTDI releases the FT311D USB host IC which provides easy communication with Android devices

  FTDI released the FT311D USB host IC for easy communication with Android devices. It features 7 GPIOs, one I2C peripheral, one UART, one SPI, and 4 PWM peripherals. The device acts as a USB host to an Android device, while the Android’s app directly controls the peripherals on the IC. The device is configurable […]

Unboxing of the Meizu MX Android phone and gaining root access with the Bus Pirate

Adam unboxes the Meizu Mx and gets root access using the Bus Pirate. The phone is torn down to the main-board to gain access to the UART test points on the board. After that it was a simple matter of connecting the Bus Pirate to the phones UART lines. Also check out Adam’s rant on […]

App note: Control a USB Host-enabled AVR from an Android device

Atmel describes how to control an AVR chip from an Android device. This document introduces the Android Open Accessory Protocol  for Atmel® microcontrollers. The library and examples are  included in the Atmel AVR® Software Framework (ASF) to provide the customer with a quick and easy way to get started with developing an Android accessory. The […]

Liquidware Amber 7” open source hardware Android tablet

Liquidware is developing a 7” open source hardware Android tablet called Amber. The Amber is a 7” projected capacitive tablet driven by a 1 GHz, ARM Cortex-A9 OMAP3730 from Texas Instruments. We’ve customized a version of Android Gingerbread 2.3.4 to run on the Amber, and its 2 USB host ports offer high-speed USB and serial […]

Control your Bus Pirate with an Android Tablet

N3mesys successfully controlled the Bus Pirate with an Android Tablet using the USB Serial Monitor app. This software lets Android enabled devices connect to FTDI USB-to-serial chips. The FT232RL and FT230X ICs are supported, so this works with older Arduinos and lots of other stuff with the common USB-to-serial chip. The only thing you need […]

ArduinoCommander: An Android app controls Arduinos

ArduinoCommander is an Android app for controlling an Arduino via a Bluetooth shield: display board firmware version, name and Firmata protocol version set pin mode (analog/digital input/output, pwm) get/set pin values read messages from the board (Firmata String Sysex message) beautiful WYSIWYG interface with 320×480, 480×800, 480×854, 1024×600 and 1280×800(?) screens support

Circuit simulator for Android devices

Cameron tipped us to a circuit simulator for Android devices. It looks a lot like the java based circuit simulator we wrote about a few weeks ago.  Everycircuit seems like a useful tool if you want to play around with electronics anywhere you find yourself. Unfortunately it seems to only support abstract level simulation models, […]