Android™ is a hot new operating system developed by Google™ - one of the most innovative companies in the world. With intuitive interface, beautiful UI design and powerful functionality it quickly became the OS of choice for many phones, tablets, but recently also DTVs, set-top boxes, and BluRay™ players. Today, Android™ is taking more than 50% of world market share of mobile and tablet devices.

Group of three prestigious Serbian companies: Embedded++, PS Tech, and mikroElektronika, all members of ICT-Net industry cluster, have come up with a brilliant idea to enable use of Android™ in embedded systems and industrial applications. The entire concept proved to be so easy to use that we couldn't think of a better name for it than EasyDroid™ board!

What do you mean by "Wired Android™"?

Imagine that with minimum effort you can control your entire copy machine with a touch-screen running Android™ application. Not just the user interface, but hardware as well. Imagine building a smart elevator that instead of standard buttons has a large TFT display with applications that deliver just the right information to the users, and have advanced security mechanisms. Just picture vending machines that run cool Android™ applications and can process your SMS payment, deliver high-end marketing messages and do all the hardware control. Of course, send statistics of usage and inform you that it's out of Coke. Home automation? Piece of cake. Robots, too. And this list can grow depending on how vivid your imagination is.

That's why we like to say that we added wires to Android™.

OK, I got it. But how does it work?

Driven by the mighty Braindroid™ module you will have the power of Texas Instrument's AM3894 Sitara SoC with ARM® Cortex™-A8 running at 1.2 GHz. Braindroid™ module is implemented as industry standard Qseven™ module, enabling future upgrades of the system. The PIC32® microcontroller with special firmware is the link that connectsBraindroid™ with the rest of the hardware. Proprietary technology enables real time connection of your Android™ applications with your hardware, allowing you to access 16 GPIO, 8 analog and 4 PWM pins, as well as specter of industry standard communication layers, including UART, I2C, SPI, Ethernet, USB and others.

EasyDroid™ board features a 7" touchscreen display and a large collection of on-board modules that enable you to develop almost everything that you imagine. There are also DVI, Audio Input/Output and two SATA connectors on-board. Two standard MiniPCIe™ card slots enable easy integration of advanced hardware devices like WLAN cards or DVB tuners. Four mikroBUS™ host connectors allow you to use dozens of mikroElektronika Click Boards™ which require virtually zero hardware configuration.

Each module and each mikroBUS™ board has it's Android™ driver, as a part of a free, open source API that we provide. Anyone who ever tried building any Android™ application knows how fast it can be done, because of the Rapid Application Development paradigm upon which Android™ is based. Just include the desired component in your design time, and you'll gain access to supported hardware directly from your application. The API and the firmware will take care of the rest. It's simple as that.

Wow! That's nice. Where can I see it in action?

EasyDroid™ is going to have a soft rollout at this year's Embedded World 2013 in Nuremberg, Germany, from February 26th to 28th. Come visit our booth in Hall 4A /4A-509. We have prepared some nice examples and can't wait for you to see and experience it in action.

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