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Big news from the FEZ (.NET Micro Framework-based development board) community today. FEZ forum member Blake took up Gus Issa’s challenge ($500 to the first person to get FEZ working as an Android Open Accessory) and posted video + code.

I made a sample app using the normal Android development process, put it on my Nexus S (running normal OTA Android 2.3.4), and plugged it in to my FEZ Domino. Now I can turn on LEDs and push buttons and everyone has a good time. They connect together and you have a bidirectional byte stream

https://github.com/bcr/NetmfAndroidOpenAccessory is the .NET Micro Framework code.
https://github.com/bcr/HelloFez is the Android code.

This is a big step toward what PT predicted in his earlier post, Why Google Choosing Arduino Matters and is This the End of “Made for iPod” (TM)?, when he challenged Microsoft/NOKIA/Skype with: “Quick, Ballmer, get out there and talk about this and how it’s the next accessory platform for Windows Phone 7. “

TinyCLR.com Forum – Android Open Accessory

Brian Jepson

I’m a tinkerer and finally reached the point where I fix more things than I break. When I’m not tinkering, I’m probably editing a book for Maker Media.


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  1. Ben Rollier says:

    Pretty cool. But for the love of God . . .

    http://x.co/XD6K

    Try them

  2. Eric Hall says:

    Blake has scored some instant fame on the FEZ forum with this code. Expect to see fellow FEZzers run with it, myself included.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Big kudos to Blake for putting this together.  We’re lucky to have him in the .NET Micro Framework community.

    It’s cool to get this working on the closed source, patent-licensed FEZ boards.  The next step is to enable 32-bit makers to build cool phone accessories with open source hardware and open source software.  Android has opened the gate for a long tail of phone accessories; let’s see if we can do this with other phone platforms too!

    Anyway, great job Blake!  [And congrats to the Arduino community for inspiring the Android ADK.]

    Chris
    Secret Labs LLC
    http://www.netduino.com