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Android Things Projects

By : Francesco Azzola
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Android Things Projects

By: Francesco Azzola

Overview of this book

Android Things makes developing connected embedded devices easy by providing the same Android development tools, best-in-class Android framework, and Google APIs that make developers successful on mobile. With this book, you will be able to take advantage of the new Android framework APIs to securely build projects using low-level components such as sensors, resistors, capacitors, and display controllers. This book will teach you all you need to know about working with Android Things through practical projects based on home automation, robotics, IoT, and so on. We’ll teach you to make the most of the Android Things and build enticing projects such as a smart greenhouse that controls the climate and environment automatically. You’ll also create an alarm system, integrate Android Things with IoT cloud platforms, and more. By the end of this book, you will know everything about Android Things, and you’ll have built some very cool projects using the latest technology that is driving the adoption of IoT. You will also have primed your mindset so that you can use your knowledge for profitable, practical projects.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
About the Reviewers
Customer Feedback

Implementing the Android Things app

Let us come back to the Android Things app. Once the Arduino sketch is implemented and works correctly, we can focus our attention on the Android Things side. The app we are going to develop has to control the Arduino board and in turn the RGB LED strip. To this purpose the app must have:

  • A user interface to interact with the user, so that they can select the strip LED color or activate an effect
  • Exchange data with remote boards using the services exposed as described in the previous section

An important aspect is related to the user interface. As stated in Chapter 1, Getting Started with Android Things, the user interface is optional. This means that there are some devices that support the UI and other devices that do not support it. For example, Raspberry PI 3 belongs to the group that supports the UI while Intel Edison with Arduino breakout kit will not. For this reason, we will run the app on the Raspberry PI 3, while for Intel Edison we will use a different...