Android Things meetup

The Gearbox Android Things and post-CES 2017 review meetup was a success with developers, freelancers and students all geared up for training on embedded systems development.

The Android Things meetup was the first of its kind for local developers.

Developers working on Raspberry Pi 3 and Intel Edison at Gearbox

Developers working on Raspberry Pi 3 and Intel Edison at Gearbox

We introduced development boards such as Raspberry Pi 3 and Intel Edison.

The session was centred on developing Android applications for the Android Things platform. Developers had an opportunity to set up their development environment and deploy applications on to the platform.

Alfred Ongere talked about augmented and virtual reality technology such as Project Alloy which allows users to experience mixed reality.

Both augmented reality and virtual reality can find use cases in real-estate, land sale, expeditions, education and more.

Alfred Ongere, (ISP-MMU) demonstrating Samsung gear V.R headset

Alfred Ongere, (ISP-MMU) demonstrating Samsung gear V.R headset

Mixed reality will allow an engineer to design, visualize, annotate and improve their prototypes before production.

Intel Compute Card

Intel Compute Card

He further explained about the Intel Compute Card which is slightly longer than a credit card at 95mm by 55mm by 5mm and with a range of processor families in the works. It offers an optimal solution to power everything from entry level to full featured host device.

Later on, after the IoT session, audiences were treated to a fireside chat where they discussed blockchain technology, artificial intelligence, self driving cars and many others.

Fireside chat with (from left): Bob Afwata, Apollo Sande and Duncan Muchiri

Fireside chat with (from left): Bob Afwata, Apollo Sande and Duncan Muchiri

On future meetups, the developers will be taken through thorough sessions in bid to enable developers prototype IoT solutions from ground-up. This Meetups and hands on sessions will be hosted, delivered and coordinated by Gearbox at our premises.

We would like to thank Bob Afwata, Alfred Ongere, Kennedy Otieno and Duncan Muchiri for making this meeting a success.