Android Question Starting playing with Android Things. Need help finding Devices and such

DonManfred

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Hello, i would like to start playing with Android Things (or similar Rasp PI, open to any suggestions).

I would like to kindly ask for some "Starter Kit" buying links (Preferably Ebay Germany or Amazon Germany).

Where sould i start reading building any solutions?

I would like to build something like:

- User presses a Button (like a Doorbell for ex).
- a Picture is made using the Connected Camera.
- the captured Image is shown on a Connected Monitor.

I´m not sure if Things is the right solution for it. Maybe i do need to use as Raspberry PI?

Appreciate every kind of information about this. I must say i do not have Experiences in this kind of Solution.

What i do have (Hardware):
- Raspberry PI (sont know which Version)
RaspberryPI.jpeg
- Some kind of "Connector" (don´t know it´s correct name ;-))
Connector.jpegConnectorBackside.jpeg
- Some kind of "Board" (don´t know the correct name too)
Whateverboard.jpeg
- A HDMI Monitor
monitor.jpegcable.jpeg This cable i do have together with the Monitor.

Unfortunately i do NOT have any Powersupply or any other needed Cables, transistors or whatever.

Any hints about the needed Hardware like Powersupply, Cables, Camera module is higly appreciated.

I do not need to use the PI i have but i would lie to use the Monitor in the solution if possible.

It is not a real issue as it is a hobby project. I do not need it but i would like to play with such solution.
 

BillMeyer

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Manfred,

As many links a I can think of right now - will add more later:

1. https://www.adafruit.com/
2. https://www.dfrobot.com/
3. https://www.sparkfun.com/ (Expensive)
4. https://www.seeedstudio.com/
5. https://www.itead.cc/
6. https://www.raspberrypi.org/
7. https://www.arduino.cc/
8. https://www.banggood.com/search/arduino.html (Cheap Chinese boards and starter kits)

If you look at ESP8266 boards, make sure you get development kits/boards - the modules need a lot of wiring and stuff to program them - with the boards it's all there, like this one https://www.tindie.com/products/ICStation/esp8266-wifi-witty-cloud-development-board8154/

The "some kind of Board" you refer to is called a "breadboard", together with that you will need "Jumper" wires (Sometimes brand named Du Pont)

If you need an MQTT server (broker), PM me
 

Toley

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Hi DonManfred,

Unfortunately you will not be able to load Android Things into your board. Your board a Rpi 2 Model B and the only supported one is Rpi 3 Model B. Even the newer Rpi board like the 3 B+ are not supported. But you can easily program it using B4J, many tutorials are available..

For the supply you will need a micro USB wall adapter but a strong one. It requires at least 2A output. You also need a microSD loaded with NOOBS starting instructions can be found here https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en/projects/raspberry-pi-setting-up

Good luck and have fun
 

thetahsk

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Hello, i would like to start playing with Android Things (or similar Rasp PI, open to any suggestions).

I would like to kindly ask for some "Starter Kit" buying links (Preferably Ebay Germany or Amazon Germany).
..
It is not a real issue as it is a hobby project. I do not need it but i would like to play with such solution.

Have you seen this about the "dead" of the Android Things
https://android-developers.googleblog.com/2019/02/an-update-on-android-things.html

and for the german speeking people:
https://www.heise.de/developer/meld...-Things-als-breite-IoT-Plattform-4307897.html
https://android-developers.googleblog.com/2019/02/an-update-on-android-things.html
 
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