Hardware at Google IO

So my last post was about how, from looking at the Sessions list for Google IO 2012,  it looked as though Google had abandoned the hardware they presented at last year’s Google I/O. Now that IO 2012 is going on, we have some more information about what they’ve been doing.

  • Project Tungsten has turned into the Nexus Q, a music streaming device that Google is actually manufacturing (and manufacturing in the U.S., it seems)
  • Google launched their own tablet, the Nexus 7

More interestingly for me (and other robotics enthusiasts), is the remarkably quiet news that there’s a new ADK in town.

The ADK 2012 is still based on Arduino, but I haven’t found much info on it yet. The only picture I’ve seen is over at the Arduino blog. Apparently they distributed “a limited number” of them at IO, but it  wasn’t mentioned in the Keynote, like the original ADK was (now called ADK 2011).

There’s supposed to be an app in the Google Play Store for it, but the link is currently dead, and the app doesn’t show up in a search.

I’ll keep trying to find some information on it. Last year I got super-lucky and managed to snag one from a Googler at MakerFaire San Mateo, but since I’ve moved to New Hampshire I don’t think I’m as likely to bump into a Googler…

On a side note, since upgrading to arduino’s 1.0 environment I can’t get my ADK to work any more. It’s disappointing that Google hasn’t been keeping the documentation up to date, and has released an entirely new version without providing any support to the last one.

Update: ADK2012 App now available in the Play Store 

(Thanks to Frenky for pointing this out)

Screenshots from the app, as shown in Play Store:


Looks like this one has Bluetooth capabilities, which is promising. Now, if only I could get my hands on one, I’d love to test it out 🙂
Of course, the software would have to be available too, and the repository doesn’t seem to be working, I get this

error: revision android-accessories in manifests not found

The instructions are here: http://developer.android.com/tools/adk/adk2.html#src-download.

8 Responses to Hardware at Google IO

  1. follower June 28, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    Glad to see I’m not the only person interested in the new ADK. 🙂

    The documentation link you linked has the most info I’ve found–although a few people posted photos on the presentation on Twitter.

    With regard to getting the Arduino 1.0 working with ADK 1.0:

    Take a look at:

    * http://labs.arduino.cc/ADK/AccessoryMode

    More precisely, download the revised UsbHost library which contains a revised AndroidAccessory class:

    * http://labs.arduino.cc/uploads/ADK/GettingStarted/ArduinoADK-beta-001.zip

    There’s a few code changes required but it should get you up and running again.

    How do I know this? I helped with the development of the revised library for the Arduino team. 🙂

    (I *also* still need to update my Handbag for Android app to use the library http://HandbagDevices.com/. 🙂 )

  2. Frenky June 28, 2012 at 10:16 pm #


    I was looking for info about ADK 2012 too. The only thing that I could find was this session schedule:

    But is seems that it was not recorded :/


  3. Frenky June 28, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    And the app is now available in the market:

  4. follower July 1, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    The session got added to the schedule list after the initial announcement–they do that for all the new things they announce at IO.

    I was about to link to the YouTube video of the recording but it turns out it’s now linked on the session page itself. 🙂

    (BTW I made a comment–I think #1067–on this post the other day but I noticed it’s still not on display–did it get stuck in a spam filter? Or did my links and advice on how to get ADK1 running again offend your moderation sensibilities? 😀 )

  5. follower July 3, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    Thanks for making my first comment visible–I hope the content gets you back up and running with your ADK.

    (And, you’ll be pleased to know I updated the http://HandbagDevices.com/ site to refer to the new library and provide better installation instructions if you wish to get started that way.)

  6. follower July 5, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    Did you notice the source download section has now been updated with the correct instructions?

    I’ve acquired an ADK2 and have started taking some notes: http://www.labradoc.com/i/follower/p/notes-adk-20-adk-2012

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