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.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Something precious, something small has just arrived from a far and exotic location. The board is actually nice to look at - of engineering meets art type.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

This is About Choice.

Working with the USB APIs with Android essentially requires three choices: 

Mode: Do you want to use USB accessory mode or USB host mode? See
Platform: Do you want to target Android 3.1 (API level 12) and higher or Android 2.3.4 (API level 10)? 
API: Do you want to include the Google add-on library (see work with the framework API?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Hardware List

This is the hardware for the project. 
  1. OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator (NIA) It is actually a sensor, not an actuator, but who cares. Wait a sec. It it was an actuator it would not read my brain but write it. Thinking about it I am not shure if I should wear that thing any longer. Want to test this project, anybody? 
  2. Android Open Accessory Development Kit. Which one I don't know yet. Will update this post. Looks like I will be using this.
  3. Belkin USB Hub. Need two devices on the USB.
  4. Google Nexus S Android Smartphone w/ Android 2.3.4 Some Android 3.1 tablet. Lenovo Thinkpad seems a good fit for this project.
  5. Laptop for coding. Soldering iron. Stuff.
That should be it.

Monday, August 1, 2011

This is Rumor Control. Here are the facts!

A company called Google - presumably in the search business - has told me they would provide a development kit so you can see the project live in Berlin on Nov. 19. Their motto: "Dont be evil." Hm. Let's see. Stay tuned.

Android Reads My Brain!!!

Android, a Brain Computer Interface and a soldering rod. And suddenly we'll have Skynet or something. In anticipated retrospective it is important to record everything so future time-travellers have some stuff to look at before blowing things up. Thus it was decided to meticulously cover the development of Android Reads My Brain!!! in this blog.

You can read about the humble project proposal here (pdf).