USB2Go Is A Smartphone-Powered Micro USB Dev Board For Building Android Connected Gadgets

TechCrunch

Android developers wanting a quicker and easier way to hack around with hardware should point their eyes at this Kickstarter project — called USB2Go — which is aiming to repurpose the micro USB port of your smartphone as a portal for plugging in an ARM Cortex-M3 development board.

The board would then be powered by the phone, doing away with the need for an additional battery (or for wiring things up). Developers also won’t need any ARM programming knowledge either; instead they develop atop USB2Go’s Android API for peripheral control.

The core concept is to make it easier (and potentially cheaper) for Android developers to build external connected gadgets. The USB2Go has an early bird Kickstarter price of $29, rising to $34 after all those early pledges are gone.

“Our competitors are other development boards, but none of them features direct connection to the phone,” USB2Go co-founder Bostjan Mulej tells TechCrunch…

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