The Google ADK

Issue 9 of the RS Components magazine, eTech, features an article I wrote on The Google ADK. The abstract is as follows:

A year ago the question “Why would Google be interested in a microcontroller platform?” would have been met with blank expressions. Yet at the keynote for the Google I/O conference in May 2011 they unveiled the Arduino-based Accessory Development Kit (ADK) for Android. Why are Google supporting microcontroller development and why choose Arduino? In this article we'll take a closer look at the ADK and consider the wider opportunity for Open Source Hardware (OSHW).