IOIO for Android earlier this week, a USB I/O breakout board for Android smartphones which turns your handset into a super-Arduino of sorts. Now the brains behind the board, Ytai, has spilled the beans on the project, including some sample code and a handful of ideas that you can use IOIO to create. For instance, there's the Retroid, a smart alarm clock which can be told to make different ringing patterns and show various LEDs depending on incoming calls, messages and other events on the handset. Or the Visual Charger, a huge multi-segment LED power indicator which gives an at-a-glance idea of what percentage the smartphone's battery is at. [youtube 8sAvXCfEj3s] We prefer the Wall Printer, though, which uses seven Sharpie-style market pens hooked up to servos for an old-school printer effect controlled by an Android phone. Definitely worth considering if you're into Android and electronics; you can pre-order the IOIO for Android here, for $49.95. [youtube aYUMYyXBaF0] [via Twitter]
Notion Ink has been teasing with more details about their upcoming Adam tablet, and perhaps most interesting is the expected battery life. According to the company's blog, the current Pixel Qi units are seeing a minimum of 15 hours runtime, stretching into in excess of two days. Meanwhile USB Host functionality is also working, with Adam supporting peripherals like keyboard and mouse, together with external storage such as hard-drives.
According to TechCrunch, the upcoming version of Android will have integrated USB and WiFi tethering, allowing you to share your phone's data connection either via a wired link to your laptop or by turning the smartphone into a MiFi-style mobile router. It's unknown whether carriers will be able to selectively deactivate the functionality, but we expect they'll be looking to add a little extra to your monthly data plan in order to cover tethering. Still, this is brilliant news if you don't want to pay for a separate 3G contract for every mobile device you have - say, tethering a tablet (like an iPad; I know, blasphemy!) or netbook while you're on the move. We've already heard that Froyo runs significantly faster than previous Android builds; this tethering leak is the cherry on the frozen yoghurt. Android 2.2 is expected to arrive at - or in time for - Google I/O next week, and Android Community will be there to bring you all the news.