Android Things IoT platform by Google
Build connected devices for a wide variety of applications
Android Things is an IoT platform by Google that lets users build IoT connected devices using Android APIs combined with the Google Cloud Platform. The platform “Android Things” builds upon its predecessor “Brillio”. The Android Things is currently available for a number of platforms including the Raspberry Pi 3.
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Intel Edison ‐
Recommended for inventors, engineers and designers with minimal to high skills in electronics, the Intel Edison development platform enables rapid prototyping of wearable and IoT products. Digi-Key offers the standalone module, a breakout kit and an Arduino version of the Intel Edison to fit your project needs and experience level.
- Uses a 22 nm Intel® SoC that includes a dual-core, dual-threaded Intel® Atom™ CPU at 500 MHz and a 32-bit Intel® Quark™ microcontroller at 100 MHz. It supports 40 GPIOs and includes 1 GB LPDDR3, 4 GB EMMC, and dual-band Wi-Fi and BLE on a module slightly larger than a postage stamp.
- The Intel Edison module will initially support development with Arduino and C/C++, followed by Node.JS, Python, RTOS, and Visual Programming support in the near future.
- It includes a device-to-device and device-to-cloud connectivity framework to enable cross-device communication and a cloud-based, multitenant, time-series analytics service.
The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B as the exact same form factor as the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B. The superiority of the Pi 3 lies within the advanced ARM CPU, on board Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
- A 1.2 GHz 64-bit quad-core ARMv8 CPU
- 802.11n wireless LAN
- Bluetooth 4.1
- Four USB ports
- 40 GPIO pins
- Full HDMI port
- Ethernet port
- Camera interface (CSI)
- Display interface (DSI)
- Combined 3.5 mm audio jack and composite video
- Micro-SD card slot (now push-pull rather than push-push)
- VideoCore® IV 3D graphics core
Wandboard starter kits enable faster development of secure connected devices for the Android Internet of Things (IoT). Offering both local and cloud connectivity over multiple wireless protocols by using lightweight embedded OS that includes Weave, a communication protocol. Android Things delivers security at the scale you need it via Google-managed updates and verified boot. Keeping unit costs low and shortening time to market, Android Things Wandboard developed the PICO-IMX6UL-KIT by working closely with Google and NXP to help engineers and makers with a predictable development track.
The Rainbow HAT (Hardware Attached on Top) was developed with Android Things in mind. Pimoroni with Google shaped this spectacular add-on board which incorporates a smorgasbord of sensors, displays, LEDs and a piezo buzzer. The Rainbow HAT is designed explicitly to feature the wide range of protocols on the Raspberry Pi including SPI, I²C, GPIO and PWM.
- PIM242 Rainbow HAT only
- PIM243 Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit for Android Things
- PIM251 Rainbow HAT + Pibow Coupé Android Things
- Seven APA102 multicolor LEDs
- Four 14-segment alphanumeric displays (green LEDs)
- HT16K33 display driver chip
- Three capacitive touch buttons
- Atmel QT1070 capacitive touch driver chip
- Blue, green, and red LEDs
- BMP280 temperature and pressure sensor
- Piezo buzzer
- Breakout pins for servo, I²C, SPI, and UART (all 3v3)
Adafruit Project Kit for Android Things ‐ Starter Kits
New to Android Things? Not sure where to begin? These kits, in conjunction with tutorials on getting started with Android Things and official sample projects, will set you up to develop your first design. The project kits for Android Things furnishes the peripherals for all supported Android things boards including the Raspberry Pi 3 and Intel Edison removing the hunt for busy engineers. Raspberry Pi 3 and Intel Edison sold separately.
- 3227 Project Kit for Android Things™
- 3292 Raspberry Pi 3 Board Pack for Android Things™
Sparkfun Project Kit for Android Things ‐ Kits
The SparkFun Starter Pack for Intel Edison contains a selection of boards that provides the minimum for getting started using the Intel Edison. The SparkFun Project Kit for Intel Edison and Android Things contains a selection of parts and peripherals for getting started with Android Things using the Intel Edison. It is meant to be used in conjunction with the Starter Pack.
- KIT-14102 Project Kit for Intel® Edison and Android Things
- KIT-14105 Base Kit for Intel® Edison