Starting with a maker it is a great way to get started with Android Things.
If you’re not very familiar with hardware this is especially useful because it removes any guess work or uncertainy around your hardware choices.
This is why I chose to use the Pico Pi IMX7 Startkit when I started exploring Android Things.
This post will focus on what comes in the Pico Pi IMX7 Startkit, and how to assemble the hardware.
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The Pico Pi Startkit can be purchased here.
This kit is great because it includes everything you need to get started building for Android Things.
Small disclosure: I wasn’t able to purchase the full kit because I was impatient and didn’t want to wait for backorder, so I purchased a kit w/out an included screen or camera and then purchased a compatible screen and camera separately.
So, the same components were present, they just might look slightly different than if they had been bundled together in a single kit.
What Comes In the Kit?
USB-C power cable
Peripheral screen w/ power cable
Also came with a bonus sticker sheet 🙂
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To help with assembly I ordered 2 additional items
A cheap set of precision screwdrivers to install the standoffs required for the Rainbow HAT
And a set of standoffs & screws. My kit didn’t come with any standoffs for the Rainbow HAT, so I had to order them separately.
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I largely followed the process detailed here.
- Connect the wifi antenna
- Connect the screen
- Connect the camera
- Install standoffs
- Connect the Rainbow HAT
- Connect the power cable
I created a video describing the assembly process
Now that your hardware is ready, it’s time to install the OS. Check out the post below
Once you have your hardware assembled, the next step towards building an Android Things application is to install the Android Things OS to your development board.
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Want More Android Things
I’ve been excited at the prospect of IoT and building with Android Things for a long time I had visions of building complex and exciting projects over my winter vacation. I finally decided the time was right, and started down the rabbit hole with a simple Google search “android things kit”.
Using the Rainbow HAT with Android Things is the perfect way to get started with peripheral I/O. This post walks through a “Hello Rainbow HAT” example.
Thoughts or advice on assembling your Android Things hardware? Comment below or share on social media. I’d love to continue the conversation.