Today we are going to get an overview of Android Things Starter Kit (PICO-PI-i.MX7D-STARTKIT-RAINBOW-HAT). But before proceeding, we should know what is Android Things.
Android Things is new IoT platform designed by Google to enable developers to build high quality secured devices.
The platform is made out of three core elements.
1. Optimized OS
2. Secured and managed updates
3. Easily accessible hardware
With Android Things you can build apps using rich framework provided by the Android sdk and google playy services along with the same UI toolkit, multimedia support and connectivity APIs used by mobile developers today. Here you can develop apps using all the same languages used to develop android apps. Without any previous knowledge , using SoM or System on Module architecture you can directly go to your design here and can build professional products on a trused platform.
You can get the complete buying guide from here: Android Developers
Now we will see the package content of the starter kit.
1. Cardboard stand
2. Rainbow HAT
3. wifi antenna and extender cable
4. 5" multi touch display
5. Pico i.MX7 dual development board
6. USB-C cable
7. Camera module
8. Display 6-wire cable
11. Camera module cable
Now we will assemble the starter kit by connecting different parts of it. After assembling it will look like this.
GPIO ports of Android Things NXP Pico i.MX7D.
To setup the kit we have to flash the os first, to flash it manually try to follow the steps mentioned here- Android Things Setup