Shenzhen-based company Hippo Devices is introducing the Hippo-ADK, which allows robotics fans to build their dream gadget with its open-source electronics prototyping platform based on Android. With the Hippo-ADK, users can combine the power of both the microcontroller board with an Android device to build their hardware gadget. (Watch Intro Video on Youtube)

Users simply connect the Hippo-ADK to their Android device via Bluetooth or USB, and then harness the device components such as cameras, accelerometers and sensors for the gadgets they want to build by programming the Android platform.

“Everyone has a mobile phone, why not make use of it? Why not make use of these $300 worth of sensors that everyone already has?” said Hippo’s marketing coordinator, Charin Polpanumas, in a TechinAsia article. “[Smartphones] have the computing power to go to the moon, but nowadays we only use it for games and selfies.”

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Zen is a tech journalist with a fondness for tech gadgets and pandas. She is also a full-time grad student studying business journalism at Tsinghua University, and often spends much time dreaming about...