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Published on: September 11, 2013 / Comments: 2

Mico – a different way of talking to Arduino from your phone

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micotechMico is an Arduino shield that talks to your cell phone.  Literally.  It connects via the audio jack on your cell phone, and has the ability to read DTMF tones for control.  It also can answer the phone by using the same technique your old wired headset does.

Some of the applications the mico guys have put together are it answering the phone and reading out sensor data.  It has a audio playback library so with some crafty recordings you can do cool things.  They even have a demo application of the shield talking to Siri on IOS in order to do more functions like send text messages.

Interesting concept, I think it’s still missing something like a little more control but I give them props for being different.

The project currently has a kickstarter going to launch a large production run, there’s also source over at github.

2 Comments.
  1. Igor Ramos says:

    Thanks for writing MICO’s very first review! I’m glad you found us on Kickstarter, got excited about the project and wrote your honest opinion about it! I really hope your article help us gain traction and reach the funding goal. Just one question we’re wondering, could you elaborate more on your comment: “I think it’s still missing something like a little more control”. I want to better understand your feedback because maybe that is something we can address either short or long term.
    Thanks!

    • The Hackalizer says:

      That comment was not directed to any limit of your own design, but more of to the interface itself. More or less adding something like the IOIO (https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11343) to the MICO. So that phones that do support it (Android in this case), will be able to do a more robust application to the Arduino. Or maybe the ability to transfer data using tones over the voice channel like a low rate modem, or adding text to speech functionality via maybe a EMIC 2 (http://www.grandideastudio.com/portfolio/emic-2-text-to-speech-module/), or better yet a voice recognition chip like BitVoicer (http://www.bitsophia.com/BitVoicer.aspx). Right now I understand it pretty much plays wav files correct? I know it’s open source, and someone may add this functionality in a future version or as an added module.

      Thanks for making a cool product BTW. Good luck with the kickstarter!

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