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Amarino basically consists of three main parts (two mandatory and one optional):
- Android application called "Amarino"
- Arduino library called "MeetAndroid"
- Amarino Plug-In Bundle (optional)
If you want to work with Amarino you need at least:
- An Android phone (Android 2.x works best or go for some newer stuff like LG Nexus 5X Unlocked)
- An Arduino board (Lilypad, Duemilanove, ArduinoBT ...) or simply buy The Arduino Starter Kit (Official Kit from Arduino with 170-page Arduino Projects Book) from Amazon. A highly recommended set of useful electronics.
- A Bluetooth shield for your Arduino. (BlueSMiRF Gold and BlueSMiRF Silver do well. Also much cheaper modules like KEDSUM Upgraded Arduino Wireless Bluetooth Transceiver Module and Seeedstudio Bluetooth Shield V2 have been reported to work flawlessly, but are a bit tricky to use)
- Some electronic components to make your Arduino happy (whatever you need to realize your ideas)
IMPORTANT!!! Please set your Bluetooth module to 57600 or 115200 baud (using Putty, Arduino Serial Monitor or other Terminal programs). You have to try which baud rate works. Some modules work better with 57600 (older ones) others only work with 115200 baud. So if you get connection but no data sent, try to change the baud rate.
We designed the toolkit so that it is easy for you to start without Android programming knowledge at all, however you should invest some time to become familiar with Arduino. There are tons of Arduino tutorials out there which will help you to quickly get first results.
Once your Arduino environment is set up and you managed to do your first steps with it, you can start to install the toolkit.