ArduDroid and Arduino Micro / Leonardo


At a recent workshop, I was teaching how to connect an Arduino to an Android device, using Bluetooth. To make things interesting, I threw in a mixture of Arduino Micro and Leonardo devices, just to make people familiar with them and get them out of the comfortable Uno habit. We decided to use ArduDroid to quickly prototype, since it seemed to be easy enough for beginners to use. Quite a few teams managed to make it work successfully, and a few teams were stuck.

While debugging, one thing I observed consistently was, that they weren’t getting any output on the serial monitor. And then it hit me, but of course ! They were using Micros and Leonardos ! Micro and Leonardo boards handle serial communication differently, they separate the USB CDC communication and the hardware UART communication. Well, I looked around, and did not really find too many people who had posted about this issue, and just a couple of them talking about fixes (the fix is pretty trivial of course) .

Anyway, I quickly put together a fix, so if you are using ArduDroid with a Leonardo or an Uno, you should be able to use it just like an Uno with the modified code.

Here’s the github link to the code for this :