While there are many amazing sensor libraries available in Android, adding support for sensors not in the default core of Android has many challenges. Gil Zhaiek will show the difficulties faced in adding support for radios outside of a typical Android environment. BLE and ANT+ support was added in-house to Jelly Bean - radios used by Heart Rate monitors, Bicycle Cadence & Pedometer sensors. Gil will also present work on how the 9-axis sensors were tested with the aid of a robot built in house. Gil will demonstrate solutions used to adapt Android to make it wearable: support required for micro screens (428x240), overcoming power consumption and heat consideration challenges, transferring AGPS data by Bluetooth to assist a GPS unit with a small antenna, batch support for sensors to overcome battery consumption issues prior to KitKat, and handling non touch inputs.
Embedded Software Manager, Recon Instruments
Gil Zhaiek has worked in Recon Instruments, as Embedded Software Manager for the past 3 years focused on Heads Up Display and Wearable Technology, and has recently joined NewCircle (formerly Marakana), travelling the world teaching others about Android Internals. At Recon Instruments, Gil and his team have written firmware drivers for a wide array of sensors including GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, Altimeter, 9-Axis Accelerometer and... Read More →
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