Seeeduino ADK, A Cheaper Alternative To Google’s $400 ADK

A couple of weeks ago Google announced their launch of the Android Open Accessory Kit for Developers. The kit will run you a whopping $400 smacks but allows you to use Google’s ADK to make custom accessories for Android products running 2.3.4 to 3.1.  Seeed Studio wants to let you know it’s offering their very own “Seeeduino ADK” as an alternative.  Their ADK, which is fully compatible with Google’s, will only set you back a mere $80 bucks.  Seeed Studio says everything  you need to begin making accessories is present for you.  You can pre-order the kit now, but take note, they will not be shipping items out until June 20th.  So, hit the source link to get your order on and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  Hit the break for all the features courtesy of Seeed Studio.  

From Seeed Studio:

  • Arduino Mega2560 compatible
  • 56 Digital IOs
  • 16 Analog inputs
  • 14 PWM outputs
  • 4 Hardware serial ports (UART)
  • 1 Hardware TWI (I2C)
  • 1 Hardware SPI (upto 8Mbps)
  • On board USB host(MAX3421), and IO breakout
  • On board USB slave(FT232), and Is  breakout
  • Build-in 5V-1A switch power regulator (input range 6V – 18V)
  • Build-in 3.3V-500mA LDO power regulator
  • Red PCB, ROSH compatible and Golden finish
  • Android compatible
  • Dimensions: 3.4″ x 2.1″

What is Andoird Open Accessory Development kIT?

The Android 3.1 platform (also backported to Android 2.3.4) introduces Android Open Accessory support, which allows external USB hardware (an Android USB accessory) to interact with an Android-powered device in a special “accessory” mode. When an Android-powered powered device is in accessory mode, the connected accessory acts as the USB host (powers the bus and enumerates devices) and the Android-powered device acts as the device. Android USB accessories are specifically designed to attach to Android-powered devices and adhere to a simple protocol (Android accessory protocol) that allows them to detect Android-powered devices that support accessory mode. Accessories must also provide 500mA at 5V for charging power. Many previously released Android-powered devices are only capable of acting as a USB device and cannot initiate connections with external USB devices. Android Open Accessory support overcomes this limitation and allows you to build accessories that can interact with an assortment of Android-powered devices by allowing the accessory to initiate the connection.

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[via seeedstudio by engadget]

About the Author: Joe Sirianni

Joe was born in New Jersey and spent most of his childhood moving around from state to state. He eventually made his way to Pennsylvania where he met his Portuguese beauty and made her his wife. He now has three great kids and full access to all of the Portuguese food he can eat. Joe's love for mobile technology began when he bought his first Palm Pilot, a Palm M130 and left it on top of his car, driving off, causing it to smash into a thousand pieces. Forced to buy a new device, he quickly discovered that specs were changing so rapidly he was buying a new device every six months just to keep up. Since then, he has constantly felt the need to have the latest and greatest. When the "smartphone" revolution began and integrating cell phones and PDA's was the norm, he quickly jumped to Windows Mobile for several years until the first Android device was launched, the T-Mobile G1. Joe began appreciating all of the free utilities Google provided and sold his soul (his precious data) to Google long before they got into the mobile OS business. So, there was no hesitation at all for him to jump on board and ride the Android train as an early adopter. And boy has it been a blast. Joe now works in the Engineering & Operations dept for a major mobile carrier where he remotely troubleshoots cell sites and loves being an Editor for TalkAndroid.