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LG G Watch gets toolkit for rooting, unlocking, flashing and restoring capabilities

Posted by wicked July - 27 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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The Nexus Root Toolkit from Wugfresh has become insanely popular since the interest in unlocking bootloaders and rooting devices has expanded to “normal” consumers.

Now, those with an LG G Watch will be able to root and unlock the device just as easily as Wugfresh’s Nexus solution provides.

Created by XDA developer Tomsgt, the LG G Watch Tool prepares your watch for aftermarket development and modification. You’ll be able to do the following with the toolkit:

  • Unlock/relock the bootloader
  • Flashing stock recovery
  • Flashing stock boot image
  • Restoring the device if bricked
  • Rooting the G Watch
  • Installing and testing necessary drivers

The XDA Developers forum says you can run the toolkit on Windows, Linux and iOS (although we’re pretty sure they meant OS X).

You can check out the tutorial video below provided by Tomsgt if you’re trying this out for the first time. Since he also included a restore feature in the toolkit, it would pretty tough to brick your device beyond repair — especially since most of these processes are nearly 100% automated by a script.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Source: XDA Developers

 

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Self-Balancing Robot Uses Android and Lego NXT

Posted by wicked July - 17 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

LEGO NXT + Android = Self Balancing Robot

Self-balancing robots are pretty cool, but sometimes a bit too complex to make. [HippoDevices] shows us that it’s really not that hard, and you can even do it with Lego NXT and an Android device!

First step is to build your two-wheeled robot – go nuts! As long as the Lego NXT motors are strong enough you’ll be able to make most different shaped robots easy to balance. You’re going to need an Android ADK board to provide communication between the Lego motors and your Android device. [HippoDevices] is using their own design, called the Hippo-ADK which is on Kickstarter currently.

This allows your Android device to read the status and control the Lego Motors — from there it’s just a matter of programming it to balance according to the device’s gyroscope.

And since you already have a smart device on your robot, you can control it with another Android device!

[Thanks Zipper!]

Filed under: Android Hacks, robots hacks, toy hacks

The Future Of Distraction, Right In Front Of Your Face

Posted by wicked July - 9 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Say you’re meeting someone new, and instead of communicating like a normal person that wasn’t born in a barn, they play with their phone the entire time. How about a cashier or sales person who is so insufferably distracted with the Facebooks you’d guess they had a side job in the QA department of some developer? All these things will soon be a distant, horrible memory, because now you can play Flappy Bird on Google Glass.

[Rich] has had his Glass for a while now, and has been meaning to write an app for it. It took a little bit of inspiration, but when the idea of using the eye sensor to control everyone’s favorite 8-bit bird, everything fell into place. It ended up being an interesting use for the Glass, and something we actually wouldn’t mind trying out.

The bird is controlled by a double blink. In the video below, you can see there might be a little bit of latency depending on how [Rich] put the video together. Better grab that .APK while there’s still time. [Rich] says it’s a free download for anyone who’s already overpaid for a Google Glass.

Filed under: Android Hacks, google hacks

Android L Preview now has root

Posted by wicked June - 27 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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If you own a Nexus 5 or a Nexus 7 (2013 WiFi), then you might have already taken the plunge and flashed the Android L Preview factory images. If you have, you might be happy to know that root has been achieved thanks to XDA developer savoca.

It doesn’t appear to be all that hard. Let’s put it this way….If you can flash the factory images, then you can probably root your device with this method. You will need a custom recovery installed, then flash Chainfire’s SuperSU. Finally, fastboot flash the appropriate boot.img. Not all that hard is it?

One thing to note is that root access with the L Preview is a little different regarding system write access, most likely due to the report from Chainfire. So you will find that certain apps can write to /system, while others cannot.

source: XDA

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The Bluetooth iPod Controller For Android

Posted by wicked June - 16 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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By now, just about everyone in the industrialized world has a broken iPod with a cracked screen, a battery that won’t charge, or one that’s simply sitting in a drawer somewhere. The iPod is still a great way to store music, though, and [Trevor] came up with a way to control its playback with an Android device, showing the song name, playlists, and everything else with an Arduino and a cheap Bluetooth adapter

With the right resistance on a specific pin on the 30-pin dock connector, iPods will send the track name, and playlists over a serial connection, as well as respond to play, pause, skip, and volume commands. There hasn’t been much work towards implementing the copious amount of documentation of this iPod accessory mode in small microcontroller projects, but with a little bit of work, [Trevor] managed to replicate the usual iPod dock commands with an Arduino.

Using an HC-05 Bluetooth module, it’s possible to get this iPod-connected Arduino to relay data to and from an Android device with a small app. The circuit is simple, the app is free, and if you have an iPod with an old battery or cracked screen, it can still work as a music storage device. Not bad, [Trevor].

Filed under: Android Hacks, ipod hacks

A Head Unit Docking Station

Posted by wicked June - 10 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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[Ivan] had a simple idea: being able to control his Android device from the small keypad on his car’s steering column. This would allow him to cycle through apps, navigation, and audio tracks while never taking his hands off the wheel. Feature creep then set in and [Ivan] asked himself how he could charge his phone through the same interface. What he ended up with is a head unit that’s also a dock.

While [Ivan]‘s steering wheel doesn’t have the nice integrated remote control buttons found in newer cars, he does have a Blaupunkt remote, a small, clip-on controller that has a an IR transmitter on it. The IR receiver was connected to a PIC microcontroller, sending commands to the phone for up, down, left, right, menu, and home. Audio output from the phone is handled by a small USB sound card connected to a USB hub, sending the audio signals directly into the head unit’s amplifier.

Having the phone charge while it’s still in USB host mode is the crucial part of this build; not being able to charge on a long car ride would quickly drain the battery and make a car dock kind of pointless. To accomplish this, [Ivan] simulated a Galaxy S4 dock with a few resistors in the USB port, allowing the phone to control the USB sound card, listen to the emulated keyboard and mouse, and charge at the same time.

It’s not a pretty build, but it is extraordinarily useful. In the videos you can see that [Ivan] pretty much pulled this build together from stuff he had sitting around – a great reuse of junk, and a great addition to his car at the same time.

Filed under: Android Hacks, transportation hacks

E-reader Becomes Sailplane And Paraglider Computer

Posted by wicked May - 29 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

sail [Tweepy] flies unpowered aircraft, and he’d like to use the XCSoar flight computer app for gliders, sailplanes, and paragliders, but couldn’t find any hardware. XCSoar is an amazing app that can keep track of terrain, route, thermals, and a whole bunch of other variables that make flying more enjoyable, but running it on a device useful for a hang glider pilot is a challenge.

He eventually found a nearly perfect device in the Kobo mini e-reader. It’s e-ink, so it’s sunlight readable, uses a glove-compatible resistive touchscreen, runs Android, and is dirt cheap. The only thing lacking was a GPS receiver. What was [Tweepy] to do? Mod an e-reader, of course.

The electronic portion of the mod was simple enough; serial GPS units can be found just about everywhere, and the Kobo has a serial headers on the board. The case, however, required a bit of thingiverseing, and the completed case mod looks fairly professional.

With a few software updates, new maps, and of course the phenomenal XCSoar app, [Tweepy] had an awesome flight computer for under 100 Euro. The only thing missing is an integrated variometer, but a Game Boy will work in a pinch.

Filed under: Android Hacks

Arduino Zero Hardware is Not Just for Beginners

Posted by wicked May - 21 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

 

We stopped by the Atmel booth at Maker Faire to gawk at the pre-production Arduino Zero boards they were showing off. [Bob] gave us a rundown of everything the new board offers, and it’s better than we imagined when we heard about it last week.

I may be an odd egg in that I don’t like to use an IDE when developing uC firmware. Generally I rock the text editor and a makefile for 8-bit, adding OpenOCD and GDB when working with ARM. I probably shouldn’t be surprised that there is already OpenOCD support (and by extension GDB support) for the Arduino Zero. In fact, that’s how the Arduino IDE flashes the board. This should have been obvious since the board is really just a breakout for the SAM D21 chip which is already supported.

Riffing on the thought of this being a breakout board, we think they did a pretty good job. There are two USB connectors; one let you access the board as a device or a host while the other connects the debugging hardware. If you’ve never used an On Chip Debugger before it’ll change your life so do give it a try. When you do move past the initial prototyping phase of your project you can still use the Zero as a debugging tool. There’s an unpopulated 10-pin header (not sure if the small pitch header comes with it or not) which can be used to interface with a target board. [Bob] also spent some time talking about the configurable 6-pin header which allows you to choose from a range of hardware protocols (SPI, TWI, etc.).

Unfortunately we still don’t have info on the availability timeframe or pricing information. There was one hiccup with this pre-production run (two signals were swapped on the PCB) and they need to spin another board, populate, and QA before they can green-light the final product.

Editorial Note: Atmel advertises on Hackaday but this video and post are not a product of that relationship. Hackaday doesn’t post paid content.

Filed under: Android Hacks, cons, Featured

Moto Maker website hints at upcoming Moto X+1

Posted by wicked May - 2 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Last month we received word of the upcoming successor to the Moto X, the Moto X+1.

Today, we’re getting some confirmation on those rumors. When on the Moto Maker website, if you replace the Moto X codename, FLEXR1, in the address bar, with FLEXR2, you’ll find a placeholder site for the Moto X+1, as seen above.

We still aren’t 100% sure on what will make this phone better than its predecessor, but some leaked specs of a “next-gen” Motorola device may provide some hints.

Via: Phone Arena
Source: MobiFlip

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[Video] Paranoid Android team introduces ‘Hover’ feature in their ROM

Posted by wicked May - 1 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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The Paranoid Android team have always been in the forefront when it comes to adding some awesome features into their AOSP based ROM’s. With previous features like Halo, you can expect the team to always come up with interesting features. Today they’ve released their newly developed feature, dubbed as “Hover,” into their beta builds, and so far I think it looks amazing and very practical. The video below can give you a much better idea of what it is than me explaining it, so check it out after the break and let us know what you think about it! Just remember that it’s still in beta so don’t be surprised to find some bugs if you decide t give it a shot.

 

Click here to view the embedded video.

source: Android Spin

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