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Beginning Android Adk with Arduino (Technology in Action) [Paperback]

Mario Bohmer , Mario Bhmer
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Book Description

1 Mar 2012 Technology in Action
Whether you're new to Arduino and Android development, or you've tinkered a bit with either one, this is the book for you. Android has always been a natural fit with Arduino projects, but now that Google has released the Android Open Accessory Development Kit (the Android ADK), combining Android with Arduino to create custom gadgets has become even easier. Beginning Android ADK with Arduino shows how the ADK works and how it can be used with a variety of Arduino boards to create a variety of fun projects that showcase the abilities of the ADK. Mario Bohmer will walk you through several projects, including making sounds, driving motors, and creating alarm systems, all while explaining how to use the ADK and how standard Arduino boards may differ from Google-branded Arduinos. You aren't tied to specific hardware with this book; use what you have, and this book will show you how. What you'll learn How different boards work with the ADK How to create your first sketch and project How to work with light and sound How to work with servos and DC motors How to work with photoresistors and thermistors to sense the environment How to make your own capacitive touch game show buzzer How to create your own camera-enabled alarm system Who this book is for This book is for beginning Arduino and Android enthusiasts, or Arduino developers who want to try out the new Android ADK. Table of Contents Introduction Andriod and Arduino: Getting to Know Each Other Outputs Inputs Sounds Light Intensity Sensing Temperature Sensing A Sense of Touch Making Things Move Alarm System

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Product details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Springer Verlag GmbH; New edition (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430241977
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430241973
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,132,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mario Böhmer is a mobile software developer from the greater area of
Berlin, Germany. He has been working in the mobile industry since 2007.
He graduated as an associate engineer for data technology at the Siemens
Technik Akademie in Berlin and worked for three years for Germany's
biggest mobile content provider. Currently he works for Germany's biggest
real estate Internet platform, Immobilienscout24. He was one of the finalists
of the Google ADK Challenge for Google Developer Day 2011 in Berlin. In
addition to being a mobile enthusiast, he is also a DIY maker, an electronics
tinkerer, a MakerBot operator, and an infrequent guitar player.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This book looks pretty good. It looks like that there's a good level of coverage of the code for Android and Arduino to get them talking to each other. Unfortunately the code excerpts appear to be missing vital parts or broken, at least in the kindle edition.

I should be clear that some code is deliberately skipped by the author and replaced with ellipses, which is fine. But there are excerpts of XML code that are completely empty, or only showing attributes without opening tags or tag names. There are excerpts of Java that feature incomplete lines of code and some of the missing information is pretty important.

All in all this renders the code excerpts pretty useless, making it very, very difficult to follow along with the examples or quickly refer to the changes involved in each step.

Perhaps it's just the Kindle conversion that didn't go very well, but it has lead me to refund this title because it is too hard for me to decode what is going on. I'll keep an eye out for an updated edition, hopefully these problems can be easily resolved.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book looked promising to start with, but in the actual source code listings there were so many missing pieces, for example missing file names in the #include statements, meaning you have no idea what you are meant to include. I've got a refund for, might be worth getting the printed version instead, because the kindle version isn't very helpful.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Android ADK moved on.... 24 Aug 2012
By Gregory C. Shead - Published on
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Unfortunately my experience with this book ends with chapter 2. The latest Android ADK, as of August 2012, no longer supports the examples the author provides, starting at page 41 where the Eclipse wizard no longer offers an "Android Project" specific option. Further, the Arduino software will no longer compile the example on page 49, where "acc.powerOn()" is now a private function. There is no errata published on the website for the book and no information on when/where updates may be found. I am very disappointed that the publisher did not capture a working set of all the resources needed to recreate the examples.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written 9 Jun 2012
By Phillip Givens - Published on
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I cannot say enough nice things about this book! It was well written and Mario Böhmer does an excellent job of walking us through setting up a protocol for the two devices to communicate together using the Android Accessory Development Kit (ADK). Although, it does not seem very long in terms of technical books, I think this is a must have on the subject.

For Android: this book is not an in depth introduction to Android. Although this book does walk the reader through getting the eclipse environment set up, Mr. Böhmer merely touches on the subject of programming Android, as I think he should have. Each project covers the Android side of the communication very well, but do not expect to be an expert on Android after this book. I do not have a good recommendation for a good book on android. I think the Apres book "Android Recipes" is worth buying, but as a cook book, it is not an in depth cover of android. Although The O'Reilly book, "Programming Android" has some useful information, I feel that it could have been much more succinct.

For Arduino: in many ways this is a arduino cookbook. This book seems to cover everything that one would want to do from lighting LEDs and moving Servos, to listening to buttons, sensing temperature. It even has a create your own capacitive touch button using a sheet of aluminum foil. I would also recommend "Programming Arduino" by Simon Monk. That one is very short, but has a good reference to the Arduino Library. I would not recommend Mr. Monk's "Evil Genius" series unless you are introducing children to the subject. Those are very high level cookbooks with some fun projects, but you do not see any code. For that you would have to download.

For Hardware: I am using the Arduino Mega ADK. Recommend picking up a solder-less breadboard, some jumper cables, LEDS, some resisters (10kohm and 330ohm), some tack buttons and a USB cable.
For Software: I would recommend IntelliJ Idea instead of Eclipse. I use the free Community Edition.

In Summary: Buy this book!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Example code is hard to follow 8 Aug 2012
By Douglas L. Datwyler - Published on
The code examples are hard to follow. The on-line code may or may not work. Hard to say. Otherwise, a good intro to Android and Arduino together.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Buy the Kindle Version of this Book!!! 12 Feb 2013
By MrDavid - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Most of the program listings are absent from the Kindle version of this book.
I find this to be totally unacceptable.
The program listings are an extremely important aspect of any programming book.
If you are going to make a Kindle version, then do it right.
If I was the author, I would be extremely upset with Amazon over this.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad content 6 Sep 2012
By Verrochio - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Hat to return this digital copy because content was missing from it! Don't buy it until amazone figures out the missing stuff!
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