Whats up with android and arduino?


Found out (from the above link) about android basing its new peripheral API on the arduino and was wondering if there was any more information about it.

I looked at the Android Open Accessory page about it but pretty much all I was able to gather was that I should buy a specific shield for my arduino from a Japanese website for 31,000 yen.

Is there something I'm missing here or am I on the right track?

This is a good starting point. http://hackaday.com/2011/05/13/using-googles-adk-on-standard-arduino-hardware/

You just need a USB master shield.

Amarino developed a bluetooth api to handle events to and from arduino and android. It's basically a glorified serial parser but it works well and is easy to use. They also have a somewhat active support group if I'm not mistaken.

You can use ready solution instead of Amarino. ArduinoCommander app (https://market.android.com/details?id=name.antonsmirnov.android.arduinocommander), bluetooth shield and StandardFirmata sketch.