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As I skimmed the variety of forum titles I realized that this question could easily fit into one of several forums...so I put it in this one  smiley-mr-green  My project, as I have mentioned in a prior post, is to include robotics - or should I say telemetry? - into the ebike that I am making now.  Because of the fact that the electronics will be in a less than friendly environment most of the time I am looking for small, rather rugged options to control the sensors, relays and servos.   I remember reading an article about 18 months ago about Android 2x that said that Android 2x would have the ability to have master usb functions - almost all handheld devices usually only have usb slave functions.  Are there any pda's, smart phones or other portable electronic devices out there that would do the trick?  A smart phone would be ideal because most of them have gps functionality (which I need), a still and videocamera (which I also want), have a storage card (another need) and a phone so the my bike will be able to call daddy if it gets stolen.  It would also serve as my mp3 player (stereo) and video player

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You can get an Arduino to talk to an Android phone that just has USB slave, by putting a USB master shield on the Arduino. In fact this is the way that the new Android Accessory Development Kit works. This however needs Android 2.3.4. Googling will find you a storm of info and how-to's.
These instructions http://letsmakerobots.com/node/26839 worked for me.

Also, have a look at this, as an alternative. http://code.google.com/p/microbridge/
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If you have bluetooth shield or usb-host support on your android device, i'd recommend to use ArduinoCommander android app - https://market.android.com/details?id=name.antonsmirnov.android.arduinocommander
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