Tablets and bridging with third party machines

Disha Prashar

In our product, one of the main components to drive everything together is obviously a tablet! But we haven’t gotten to the point of testing every single type of tablet out there, we have so far only tested Android-based tablets. The tablet that we mostly have tested with is a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Although we had realized that over time that the tablet wasn’t strong enough to drive actions for an Arduino or a Raspberry Pi, we upgraded to a tablet that could always update to the latest operating system of Android, which is currently Android Version 5.1.1. Some tablets that we have been testing with are the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and the Samsung Galaxy TAB 2 7.0. We have also been looking to work with a $35 tablet that is called the DataWind Tablet. This tablet will allow us to make our product accessible to people in third-world countries.

As I had mentioned these words earlier, Arduino and Raspberry Pi, you must be wondering what they mean. Well these words are two different open-source computer hardwares that are microcontroller-based kits for building digital devices and interactive objects that can sense and control the physical world. We have been using these to control the little touchpad for our product. We have been testing with both of these hardwares and the tablet, but we have been finding that the little connection between the computer hardware and a tablet isn’t easy. We have been trying for months and we are unable to bridge the two together. But with the help of the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University, we are sure that finding the bridge won’t be as hard as we thought!