Sunday, September 2, 2012

Stages of the Project

Iteration 1 - Thesis

That was the plan in early 2011. Little did I know.

Iteration 2 - Antithesis (Google Developer Day 2011)

Google Developer Day 2011 in Berlin ADK Showcase 

That was what actually happended. Includes a lot of learning about Android, BCI, USB, Bluetooth, Arduino, tech companies and people.

Iteration 3 - Synthesis (Plan)

That's the current idea - see last post. Simplifying things, trying to run USB Host mode on one port and USB Accessory mode on the other. Kind of a re-entry of the initial design.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

State of the Brainreading Union Address 2012

Two things happened. 
  1. Google has released a new ADK (, called "2012 ADK", as well as published a refresh of the original ADK, now called "2011 ADK" (
  2. Lenovo has updated the Thinkpad Tablet to API Level 15 (Android 4.0.3).
We might never find out why (Heisenberg) but the ADK now works on the Thinkpad tablet.

Which means, the two-tablet (Bluetooth) solution to landing a Mars lander with your brain I came up with last year for Google Developer Day in Berlin ( might eventually be replaced by a one-tablet solution.

Both parts - the BCI interface and the Arduino-controlled Mars Lander are already implemented with fragments ( The interesting question is if it will possible to talk to the USB-A port of the tablet via USB Host while the micro USB port is talking to the ADK.

Let's see. Work on the project has resumed.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

State of the Android ADK?

I wonder what Google is up to regarding the ADK. There are still lots of people making amazing stuff, yet since Google does not move a finger since May 2011(?), maybe its time to switch to another library or method in connecting Arduinos to Androids.

Here is an overview at

The Android ADK however is still a (rather) hidden dowload, is not updated since 2011, has not moved into the main Android or Google distribution and mannufacturer support still is a game of luck. Try asking Lenovo for example, if an Android 3.1 tablet is supposed to support the ADK. (I did.)

The great manufacturer of my Android tablet device announced that they would update to Android 4.0.3 in May 2012. Now, maybe that gives a new boost to this project. Maybe Android Reads My Brain gets a new breath of life by then. Lets wait and see. I am patient, in a Zen-like way by now.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Hello Again! Back from Coding.

Having everything up and running smooth for Google Developer Day last Weekend in Berlin ( #gdd11 ) was top priority, therefore writing new entries was postponed for a while. There are various aspects and lessons learned working on this project, which will be added during the next days. In the meantime there are a few pictures on Flickr.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

It Just Works

It is nice to have an actual device to test and try things, especially when your Lion is bitten by the infamous 19099 bug. Mine is. So I was very happy to plug in my new Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet, configure the device for development, start some Honeycomb samples from Google, and run them on ... 
Surprise. The tablet was not visible in the Eclipse Run and Debug dialogs.  

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Starting from Scratch?

I recently visited a workshop that covered a certain library for Android development. To the surprise of anybody, the vast majority of the participants were highly interested in Android but hat neither written a line of Android code before nor had they any of the development tools installed. 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Android devices reported to be ADK-compatible

A lot of people are asking which Android devices are reported to work with  the ADK. Here are some of them. I will try to keep this post up to date.