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Android DIY Starter Kit

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The Android DIY Starter Kit is for individual hackers looking for an open source development platform that provides access to customize both hardware and software.

Previously, DIY Android development consisted of using an open source software toolchain to build applications, while the hardware itself often came in the form of a closed source, and physically enclosed device.

The DIY Starter Kit removes this limitation, while keeping the final device portable and modular – a prototype with the option to be enclosed or mounted for designated use.

It includes the 4.3” OLED touchscreen equipped BeagleTouch, which also provides audio and simplifies debugging access into a single Type B-mini USB outlet. The setup is driven by the 720MHz ARM-based, open source BeagleBoard C5, and becomes portable with the 4200 mAh BeagleJuice 2. The portable, hardware hackable DIY Starter Kit also comes with Android Ambrosia, a flavor of Android that allows seamless serial communication. Android Ambrosia is a a custom-tailored bootable Android SD card, with drivers and kernels specially designed to run Android applications from this hardware platform.


  • Intuitive human-machine interfaces (HMI)
  • Handheld mobile device prototyping
  • Android-based hardware controllers


  • Display: 4.3 inch touch display
  • Screen: 480×272 OLED screen
  • Battery Life: 10.5 hours of battery life
  • Operating System: Android
  • Processing Speed: 720MHz
  • RAM: 128MB
  • bits: 32bit
  • Cores: Single Core
  • SD Storage: 4GB SD storage
  • On Board Flash: 256MB
  • Height: 3.63 inches (92.1mm)
  • Length: 4.1o inches (104.1mm)
  • Depth: 1.68 inches (42.5mm)
  • USB Host: (Type A) 1 USB Host Port
  • USB Slave: (Mini AB) USB OTG Port
  • Wi-Fi: none
  • Ethernet (RJ-45): none
  • RS232 Serial Port Debugging: none
  • Video Output: DVI
  • Video Output: S-Video
  • Speaker (On Board): none
  • Speaker (Stereo Headphone Out): 3.5mm Audio Out
  • Microphone (Audio In): 3.5mm Audio In
  • Hardware Prototyping Module: none
  • All-in-1 USB multi-card reader/writer: none
  • Power Adapter: 19V, Beagle
  • Extended Battery Life: none
  • User Customizable Buttons: none


Get in touch if you have any questions, or ideas for something you want me to build.