Saturday, August 18, 2012

My Review of Making Android Accessories with IOIO

Okay, here goes another quick book review. This will probably be the last for a while as I have other projects I want to work on.
This book does a good job getting a person new to Android, and a little bit of hardware, acclimated to the world of open source integration. However, if you are a beginner to electronics, I would start with something else first.
The author assumes the reader has a basic knowledge of electronics such as soldering. You'll have to do a little bit of soldering to get the IOIO board together. It's nothing difficult but if you haven't done it before, you don't want to risk ruining a board because it's your first.
Not having programmed for Android before but being curious on how it might be, I thought this would be a good way to see if it might be for me. The author does a good job explaining how to go about installing the software, setting it up, and then how to do everything you need to interface the IOIO board to your Android phone of choice so you can connect to the outside world through sensors or HMI interaction.
Overall, I think it's a good book to get you up and going on an Android and does a good job explaining how to interface with the world using the IOIO. It gets you going on the basics but leaves more advanced projects up to you.

Disclaimer: This book was received as part of the O'Reilly Blogger Review Program. All comments represent my thoughts and opinions.


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