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Project Definition

Introduction

Android, as we all know, is everywhere nowadays! Its on our smartphones, media players, netbooks, and tablets. But the problem is that these devices are overly priced and therefore not many people can enjoy the features of the amazing Operating System that is Android. The creators of the Pandaboard have had one goal since its beginning, to bring a fast platform with an affordable price point to the general public. This is where this project comes in. My team and I will try to bring Android 3.0 Honeycomb to the Pandaboard with a working multi-touch screen, drivers, and sensors. In turn our goal is to make a tablet with Android Honeycomb for as cheap as possible but to also use all the great hardware of the Pandaboard to it's full potential.


The Purpose (Mission)

  • To make a system that meets the requirement of Android 3.0 for as cheap as possible 

These are the targets we want to meet

  • Port of Android 3.0
  • Working kernel for the TI OMAP 4
  • Enable hardware acceleration
  • Find compatible hardware (ex. capacitive touch screen, camera, sensors, etc.) to make a cheap but powerful tablet.
  • Have a final product that is user-friendly, powerful, and most importantly cheap

Objectives

The main objective behind the creation of this project is to make the software, Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and hardware, such as the Pandaboard, available to the general public in a complete package. To aid in reaching this objective, this project is an attempt to create a tablet, using Android Honeycomb, that is as cheap as possible without compromising the full potential of the Pandaboard hardware. our hope is to complete the creation of this tablet within the time span of six months at most. The net amount we are planning on spending on the tablet's hardware is between two to three hundred dollars. This should be enough to obtain the different types of hardware that will be used to test for compatibility with the Pandaboard and the Android Honeycomb combination. 

Measurable Objectives:

  1. To port and make Android Honeycomb work perfectly fine on the Pandaboard hardware
  2. To find hardware (ex. touch screen, antennas, etc) that works with the Pandaboard running on Android Honeycomb
  3. To have a final product, tablet, that is user friendly

Project Constraints

There are a few constraints for this project. The first being that the kernel development would be difficult because of the processor that the Pandaboard uses. (More to come)


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