Inventor of Zack Morris phone goes Android

Inventor of Zack Morris phone goes Android

By Taylor Wimberly on Mar 11 4

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Inventor of Zack Morris phone goes Android

Do you know who Marty Cooper is? You should because he was the division manager who led the Motorola team that developed the first handheld phone. Cooper was the first person to make a call on a handheld cell phone prototype in 1973 and he is named on the patent “radio telephone system” filed that same year.

Mr. Cooper was recently on C-SPAN and guess what he said when asked about his current phone (around the 30 minute mark).

Depends when you ask me. I always have the latest cell phone, and I try every cell phone out, only because people like you keep asking me. Right now I’m using the Droid, because I want to get some experience with the Android operating system, and I, so far, have some favorable results.”

Martin Cooper

So now that we have the inventor of the cell phone and the father of Linux using Android, I wonder who is next.

To keep up on Marty’s Android experience, be sure to follow him on Twitter.

Andro-1, Ponsel Android Besutan Raksasa Korea

LG Andro-1

Ardhi Suryadhi - detikinet

Jakarta - Raksasa elektronik asal Korea Selatan, LG, akhirnya turut mengeluarkan ponsel Android. Produk pertama mereka ini bernama Andro-1. Seperti apa ponsel tersebut?

Andro-1 mengusung desain horizontal sliding Qwerty seperti N97 besutan Nokia. Dilengkapi layar sentuh 3 inch HVGA, ponsel ini dikatakan memiliki akses langsung ke Android app store.

Dari sisi fitur, ponsel dengan nama lain KH5200 itu dilengkapi dengan kamera 5 mega piksel, GPS, Wi-Fi dan SNS manager untuk memberikan akses ke berbagai situs jejaring sosial.

Dalam keterangannya, LG mengklaim bahwa Andro-1 dapat menjadi gadget pilihan untuk urusan berselancar di internet dan mengelola email. Sebab ditunjang dengan layar sentuh nan lebarnya serta akses langsung ke layanan email Google.

Dikutip detikINET dari Xinhuanet, Rabu (10/3/2010), ponsel ini akan meluncur April mendatang ke pasaran dengan dibanderol seharga US$ 530.

Berikut spesifikasinya:

Size: 109 x 54.5 x 15.9 mm
Display: 3.0 inches HVGA (320 x 480)
Internal Memory: System Memory 4Gb NAND FLASH + 2Gb SDRAM (Approximately 170MB
User Memory)
External Memory: Micro-SD support (Max. 32GB)
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, HSDPA + GSM
Camera: 5MP with LED Flash
Battery: 1.500 mAh
Talktime: 462 menit
Standby: 625 jam
Other Features: Android WebKit browser, DivX, GPS, Bluetooth 2.0, MP3 player, FM
radio, 3.5mm earphone jack ( ash / faw )

Android Phone Grows Up, Becomes Brain for Real Robot


Playing with apps on an Android phone is fun. Building your own apps, even more so. But what about using the phone to operate a moving, talking bot? Tim Heath and Ryan Hickman have done exactly that.

The bot they recently finished building — Truckbot — is still relatively simple. It’s got an HTC G1 phone for a brain, riding on top of a chassis with some wheels and treads. All it can do is roll around on a tabletop, turn and head off in a specified direction. When I visit the workshop where they’re building it, Heath and Hickman show how it can use the phone’s compass to make itself point to the south. But the duo have much more ambitious plans in mind.

“I knew I could build this thing. I just needed a phone,” explains Heath, a Python web engineer. He posted on various e-mail lists looking for one, including that of Hacker Dojo, a Mountain View, California, hackerspace. Hickman, who works for Google’s Doubleclick division, but has no connections to the Android people, saw Heath’s pleas.


They got together and started building. The first bot they built was made out of plastic. They just finished constructing their second bot, called Truckbot, which is lighter and cardboard-based.

They could have purchased the pricey $175 Oomlout kit, which includes wheels, motors and an Arduino-based brain. Hickman and Heath opted for making their own chassis. Here’s a full list of parts they used:

  • $16 Bare bones Arduino
  • $3 Micro servo
  • $0.25 Hex inverter (handled 3.3v to 5v conversion)
  • $4 HTC USB breakout board
  • $3 Mini breadboard
  • $4 miscellaneous cardboard, strap ties, wires, rear wheel

Total: $30 (plus shipping). To be fair, Heath and Hickman had access to a local workshop, the Tech Shop in Menlo Park, California, which helped tremendously in terms of having the tools to build some parts, like laser-cutting the cardboard chassis.


Their bot is more impressive for its potential than what it currently does. “Unlike most people out there,” says Hickman, as he types commands on the screen of his laptop, “we don’t want to use the phone as a remote control. Rather, it becomes the brain of the operation.”

This means they could utilize every hardware and software component of an Android phone, programming the bot to avoid obstacles, recognize faces and voices, pinpoint its location and go places. An Arduino board, which basically serves as a software-hardware link, is not smart enough to handle that, but an Android phone can.

For example, Arduino can detect when the bot bumps into something, but has to rely on the phone to decide on what to do next. As we’re wrapping up, the bot turns towards me and says, “Hello, Miran. Wired is awesome.”

Thanks, Truckbot! I like you too.


Wanna try building your own Android bot? Here is their five-step process:

  • Laser-cut pieces in cardboard or acrylic using PDF file
  • Attach breadboard, rear caster, 9V battery, servos, and Arduino using strap ties and glue
  • Glue servo arms to wheels and attach with the small servo screw
  • Connect wiring for servos, Arduino, breadboard, HTC USB board and battery
  • Mount phone with large strap tie and insert USB plug to bottom

To get it to work, you also need to do the following with the OS:

  • Load Cyanogen on Android phone*
  • Download the Android Scripting Environment application from
  • Copy file to phone’s SD card /sdcard/ase/scripts/
  • Load Cellbot code on Arduino board
  • Run the Python script and telnet into the robot from a remote machine to control it.

* For the commercial version of Android, an additional BlueTooth module is required.

If you get stuck, go to Heath and Hickman’s bot development blog for more tips. Enjoy experimenting, and let us know how it goes.

FirstView's $95 Android / Windows CE PC607V tips a craptablet iceberg at CeBIT

Doesn't look too bad for a $95 Android tablet, huh? Well, there's plenty more where that came from. Scattered along the main halls of CeBIT are dozens of Chinese and Taiwanese consumer electronics resellers looking to sell products to new customers, and this year they sure loaded up the suitcases with cheap Android / Windows CE tablets.

For the most part all these tablets (or small smartbooks) have ARM 9 or 11 processors and 5 to 7-inch resistive touch displays. While some like the FirstView PC607V tablet (pictured above) have attractive skins on top of Windows CE, others from companies like Forsa and Huawei have gone with stock versions of Android.

In truth, all of the ones we played with felt chintzy, but it was easier to lower our standards when we learned they wouldn't draw more than $150 from our wallets. We've got a hands-on video with FirstView's Android tablet after the break, but if that doesn't fill your cheap tablet needs hit the more coverage links for videos by some serious Android / ARM tablet lovers.

Android NDK hits Release 3, brings OpenGL ES 2.0 access to devs

We know from a brief spat of iPhone 3GS controversy that OpenGL ES 2.0 brings a new level of immersive realism to 3D gaming on mobile devices, so Android developers (and users, for that matter) should be delighted to hear that a new release of the official Native Development Kit exposes its capabilities to anyone targeting Android 2.0 or higher. As a refresher, the so-called NDK is a bolt-on to the standard Android SDK that gives folks the ability to write and compile critical pieces of functionality in native code, closer to the processor without that pesky Java virtual machine standing in the way -- in other words, it's exactly what gamers and game devs need to make Android a serious gaming platform, and better access to badass 3D capabilities are a fun little piece of the puzzle. The latest NDK's available for download now -- so seriously, hurry up and go wow us with your revolutionary first-person shooter. Git!

sourceAndroid Developers Blog

4 Android-powered ZTE Phones Coming

ZTE looks like it’s going to place quite a bit of emphasis on Google’s Android platform, as the company is planning to release four phones that will be powered by Google’s mobile operating system. Hopefully these phones will be available outside of China, and we’re talking about the:

* ZTE Smooth (pictured above): Android 1.6 device that looks like a Palm Pre. Sports a 2.8-inch QVGA display, QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM radio and 3G
* ZTE Blade: 3.5-inch display, WVGA touchscreen, Android 1.6, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM radio, GSM/UMTS
* ZTE Racer: Android 1.6, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen display
* ZTE Mercury: Looks like a HTC Hero, 3.2-inch HVGA display, GPS and EDGE connectivity

Hobbyists Build Google Android-Powered Robot [VIDEO]

Enterprising hobbyists Tim Heath and Ryan Hickman have created cellbots — with names like Tankbot and Truckbot — that are simply robots powered by Android devices.

With just $30, an AndroidAndroidAndroid device, and a little creativity the pair were able to create the cellbots which process commands via telnet on PCs. The bots can move around in specified directions thanks to the built-in compass functionally on certain Android phones.

While actual robot activity is minimal, the focus of the project was to utilize Android phones as the brains of the robots. The pair hope to expand robot functionality and make the most of Android’s software. Wired speculates that:

“This means they could utilize every hardware and software component of an Android phone, programming the bot to avoid obstacles, recognize faces and voices, pinpoint its location and go places.”

Heath and Hickman have documented the entire project on their cellbots website, which means that with the right know-how you too could create your own Android-powered robot.

Watch a video of the robots with Android intelligence below:

Hobbyists Build Google Android-Powered Robot [VIDEO]
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