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1  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Android Device Kit on: May 11, 2011, 04:57:45 pm
True about Apple

Didn't know that about Android, I haven't actually looked into Android yet, the last time I considered them I realized that if you bought a handset, and they made a Android update then you were just stuck with the old version with no way to upgrade

Update wise, depends on your phone manufacturer, and network as to what upgrades you get and when. For example, Sony Erricsson took for ever to up grade my x10 from 1.6 to 2.1, whilst other manufacturers get to done quickly. An those on o2 got the update alot quicker than those on vodaphone. (Network branding etc)

However having said that, Google has entered in to agreement with a number of manufacturers that the will keep phones upto date with the latest version of android for a minium of 18 months from when they go on sale.
2  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Android Device Kit on: May 11, 2011, 04:28:18 pm
(not trying to stir up iPhone vs Android vs Windows Mobile here, Blackberry sucks)

Seriously though hopefully Apple will realize the potential and do the same.

Too late.

Will never happen with apple. They wont let you write your own apps, they wont let you have flash and they make you use iTunes

Anytime a large company enters into hobby electronics we should all prey for their bankruptcy. I don't think google understands what arduino is to us when it slaps its name on an apparently google-made arduino mega clone.
I bet they want to steal this hobby electronics market and make it into its own pet.

Why won't google leave us alone?!

If Hobbyists can make their own Google-made Arduino Clones (or Arduino (as in the company) can make their own) then it'll be cool, if they try to sue clone-makers they need to gtfo of our sandpit

Its already been stated that you can create and market an Android accessory with out having to have Googles "stamp of approval". Secondlly both projects (ADK & Arduino) are open, so neither will die out as long as people choose to support it. Just look at the many variety of Linux as an example
3  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Android Open Accessory Toolkit - Interface with Arduino on: May 11, 2011, 04:18:39 pm
Very interesting announcement this morning from Google I/O.

I'm surprised that there is not much about this here!

My next phone may be an Android instead of an iPhone.

I can't see why anybody would want an iClone, they're all the same, and so restricted! Don't see Apple creating a programming environment for their phones that my two year niece could use!
4  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Attempted LCD tutorial on: March 01, 2008, 01:03:51 pm
HI i attempted the LCD tutorial at when i compiled i got:

LiquidCrystal.cpp:8: error: declaration of C function 'void pinMode(int, int)' conflicts with
C:/Documents and Settings/Bob/Desktop/arduino-0009-win/arduino-0009/lib/targets/arduino/wiring.h:74: error: previous declaration 'void pinMode(uint8_t, uint8_t)' here
LiquidCrystal.cpp:9: error: declaration of C function 'void digitalWrite(int, int)' conflicts with
C:/Documents and Settings/Bob/Desktop/arduino-0009-win/arduino-0009/lib/targets/arduino/wiring.h:75: error: previous declaration 'void digitalWrite(uint8_t, uint8_t)' here
LiquidCrystal.cpp:10: error: declaration of C function 'int digitalRead(int)' conflicts with
C:/Documents and Settings/Bob/Desktop/arduino-0009-win/arduino-0009/lib/targets/arduino/wiring.h:76: error: previous declaration 'int digitalRead(uint8_t)' here
o: In function `setup':
undefined reference to `LiquidCrystal::init()'o: In function `__static_initialization_and_destruction_0(int, int)':

I followed the eample straight up, no changes what so ever, and thats just the first sketch! Has any one else experianced this?
5  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Syntax & Programs / type conversions on: March 02, 2008, 09:36:27 am
How do i preform type conversions? for example converting an int to char?
6  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Syntax & Programs / Re: Arduino communicating with VB Application via on: February 11, 2008, 04:38:37 pm
I have found an application at, it is quite extenisve, but wuold need modifying to be of any use for Arduino!
7  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Syntax & Programs / Re: Arduino communicating with VB Application via on: February 09, 2008, 12:48:44 pm
Hi, have you got round to putting the code on your website? it would be good to look at. Also if im allowed to be checky, did you write you sequencer programme in visual basic? if so can i have the source code?

8  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Interfacing / Re: problem with dimmer / serial port on: June 16, 2009, 10:38:50 pm
To determine if it is the arduino, or matlab, you could use the serial monitor in the arduino, or your terminal program to send some data, if it works then its matlab, if not, then its the arduino
9  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Interfacing / Re: Reading in user input over USB? on: June 16, 2009, 10:29:46 pm
..... but it  only needs to be simple, something to pass the inputs to the pc, and the outputs to the arduino. All other processing can be done on the p.c.

If timing is critical, your best programming the arduino, but for more processor intensive stuff, your p.c would be an obvious choice.
10  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Interfacing / Re: Reading in user input over USB? on: June 16, 2009, 10:25:23 pm
you would need some kind of program on the arduino to open the serial port, and some kind of protocal.  
11  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Interfacing / Re: Reading in user input over USB? on: June 16, 2009, 09:48:23 pm
The usb port is used for programming the arduino. Once the arduino has been programmed the serial port is released for other serial communication.

The arduino IDE has a serial monitor which can be used for sending and recieving data. However, that is all it does! If you want something to happen on your computer when you press a button, you will need to use another programming language. If your new to programming then Processing would probably be a good start as the arduino language evolved from that!

The only thing you need to worry about is that you close the serial port in the programm on your p.c before you attempt to programm the arduino!
12  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Interfacing / Re: Arduino Serial Communication Settings on: May 07, 2009, 05:35:09 pm
thanks for the quick reply :-D
13  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Interfacing / Arduino Serial Communication Settings on: May 07, 2009, 10:12:06 am
Hey, Does anybody know the parity and stop bit settings for arduino serial? Thanks!
14  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Interfacing / Re: Interfacing with (Visual Basic) Windows on: February 19, 2009, 06:45:41 pm
im liking this! I havnt played with vb for about 6 years, and am some what lost! why has it got so complicated! I like what your doing, and hoping to accomplish something similar, but with feed back as well, such as motor current and other sensor inputs. it would be great if you could supply a zip of you vb code!

15  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Interfacing / Re: Multiple Sensors, Multiplexing, and Serial Con on: February 12, 2008, 01:56:21 pm
(because the MSB can[ch8217]t be 0xff)
why is this? Im looking for a way for a computer program to display numerical values (straight from the binary) as well as text, sent as Ascii. This sounds like a good way in the absance of anything else!
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