It is bad enough being laughed at because you cannot afford an “Apple iPad”, but to have to walk about with 8″ of adaptor cable attached to your pad with a Bluetooth dongle hanging out the end of it is just unacceptable.
With this hardware modification, the Bluetooth connection/dongle can be installed inside the APad case, removing the need for carrying an external jumper cable and USB hub, plus you can now charge the APad and use Bluetooth at the same time.
Head over to: Internal BlueTooth Mod
After much messing about and kernel crashes we appear to have Bluetooth connections available on the iMX515 APad.
We have a couple of preliminary photographs.
The first is of the Bluetooth PCB, which we can see is small enough to get inside the APad case, and even more importantly we can report that the current consumption of the Bluetooth PCB is unlikely to put a large dint in the battery lifetime.
Yes the hack is still on going
Finally a picture of the connection inside of the Android settings panel
In the screen show, we can see a connection for an Apple computer and a Sony Ericsson mobile phone.
(yep it is really difficult to get clear pictures of an LCD on a sunny day, the large hazy circle is a spec of dust on the lens)
The metal case & combination lock relates to the padded case I keep the disassembled APAD in.
Specifically because now I am older I tend to loose bits.(It has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the confused state of my work bench)