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Topic: Possible to use android tablet to edit/compile/upload sketches to arduino?? (Read 3595 times) previous topic - next topic


Hi all,
I want to buy a tablet that I could use to edit/compile/upload sketches to my Duemilanove. I hope that this could be easy enough so that I can teach my son how to do it ;-)
Thanks for any hint or experience.


Maybe try this route
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I don't think its possible, but would be delighted to be proved wrong.

* Android is layered on Linux, so you would need ports of the Arduino tool chain (avrdude) I don't know if these are available. If they are, you might be able to edit with a text editor and call them.

* The Arduino IDE is a desktop Java app, but its not like an Android Java app, they are very different. So, I don't know any way you would be able to run that.

* Only some tablets have USB master (which you need)

* You would need USB drivers, and the cut-down Linux on an Android tablet may not have them (mine didn't).

Apart from that it should be easy ;)
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For the usb master I know there is a solution via ADK and an usb host shield for the arduino.
For the rest I found amarino, but I am not sure it solves the whole thing. If someone who knows about it could elaborate abit about amarino, that would be great!


Amarino is a really nice Android to Arduino bridge that uses Bluetooth. I dont think it would help here.

Just getting the Android device and Arduino to talk over USB or Bluetooth is all pretty straightforward. But I got the impression that you wanted to write and compile apps on the Android tablet and send them to the Arduino.

I think running the IDE on Android is probably the stumbling block.
I write books about Arduino and Electronics: http://simonmonk.org


OK that was my impression also.
Hmm then would it be possible to just compile and upload, I guess the full IDE is not mandatory, a text editor would do.


You will need to compile avrdude to the target OS that your tablet run, then you need to compile avr-gcc, then you need a nice text editor and access to a terminal, then you will probably need to modify the arduino makefiles, so just use a computer, its easier and it works.


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