A few weeks back, SparkFun customer Jeff Boody came to our office to give a presentation about one of his recent projects. Using Bluetooth connectivity, Jeff was able to take one of our SparkFun Simon Kits and link it with his Android-based phone, so that he could use his phones interface to control the Simon board. Essentially, all the game play occurs on the Simon game itself, and the phone simply mirrors the game and transmits the communication back to the board.
Vimeo version can be found here
SparkFun is particularly excited about this project, because it has some awesome implications for the classroom. In the past, using a mobile device or tablet to program a board was difficult, but this could open the door to make that much easier, allowing an educator/teacher to easily program students' boards without using a laptop. With the industry trending towards using tablets/mobile phones more prevalently, this is an awesome development!
If you’re interested in developing a similar app, Jeff has made all his materials available. The Simon app on the Google Play store can be found here, the Simon Says fork can be found here, the Google Play app and the github source for the Serial Mirror can be found here and here, and the Google Play store app and the github source for the BlueSMiRF demo can be found here and here.
Thanks, Jeff, for coming by and teaching us a thing or two.