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.
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
One of the earliest boards available displaying the Android Things Logo, the PICO-IMX6UL-KIT was the brainchild of Wandboard utilizing Google and NXP’s experience to provide a predictable development track with a short time to market and low costs crucial for success in the IoT marketspace.
Rainbow HAT ‐ 3354
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.
- 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 ‐ 3227
New to Android Things? Not sure where to begin? This kit, 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 kit 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.
- 1 x Assembled Adafruit BMP280 I²C or SPI Barometric Pressure & Altitude Sensor
- 1 x Assembled Quad Alphanumeric Display Yellow 0.54" Digits w/ I²C Backpack
- 1 x Piezo Buzzer PS1240
- 1 x Micro servo 169
- 20 x 3" (75 mm) Premium Male/Male Jumper Wires
- 20 x 6" (150 mm) Premium Male/Male Jumper Wires
- 15 pack Colorful Round Tactile Button Switch Assortment
- 1 x Half‐size breadboard
- Pack of 25 Through‐Hole Resistors 470 ohm 5% 1/4W
- Pack of 25 Through‐Hole Resistors 10K ohm 5% 1/4W
- 1 x Diffused 10 mm Red LED
- 1 x Diffused 10 mm Green LED
- 1 x Diffused 10 mm Blue LED
Sparkfun Project Kit for Android Things ‐ KIT-14102
This SparkFun Project Kit is a superb way to begin your journey into Android Things with the Intel Edison. It supplies you with the hardware to start your IoT project. Simply connect the Raspberry Pi Block to your Edison and jump right into development!
- 1x SparkFun Block for Intel Edison Raspberry Pi B (with Headers)
- 1x SparkFun Atmospheric Sensor Breakout BME280 (with Headers)
- 1x SparkFun 7‐Segment Serial Display Red (with Headers)
- 1x Breadboard Self‐Adhesive (White)
- 1x Mini Speaker
- 1x Assorted LED Pack (5 Red, 5 Blue, 5 Yellow, 5 Green)
- 1x Simon Button Pack (1 Red, 1 Blue, 1 Yellow, 1 Green)
- 30x Jumper Wires Premium 4" M/M
- 20x Jumper Wires Connected 6" M/F
- 20x Resistor 10K Ohm
- 20x Resistor 330 Ohm