Apps are at the front and center of any smartphone experience, and with over a million apps on the Google Play Store and new apps being submitted to our forums every day, staying up to date on the latest apps and games can be a hassle. At XDA, we don’t discriminate apps - if it’s interesting, innovative, original or useful, we mention them. The XDA Portal Team loves apps too, and we usually share and discuss the latest app releases...
Hardware Hacking: How to Make Your Own USB keyboard for Android – XDA Developer TV
You hear a lot about app, kernel, and ROM development in the Android development community, and XDA is no exception. However, that’s not all you can do. We’ve discussed it before, but you can do hardware modifications and development with Android and Google’s Accessory Development Kit (ADK).
In this episode, XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler shows off how to make a “keyboard” for your Android device. Using an Arduino-like board, a USB cable, and some code, he creates a button that when pressed will type whatever message you have programmed for the button. So if you wanted to know more about hardware hacking, Arduino development, or just want to see what cool project AdamOutler is working on, check out this video.
Other Hardware Hacking Videos:
- Android Augmentation and Electronics Mod 101: Hacking a Relay into a Circuit – XDA Developer TV
- Working with Google ADK, Arduino, and Amarino – XDA Developer TV
- Quality of Google ADK 2012 Code – XDA Developer TV
- Google ADK 2012: Working with Google’s Accessory Development Kit – XDA Developer TV
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