Sunday, August 10, 2014

TBs TechPoll 43 - About the mobile devices you intend to use your SBrick

Now that SBrick Kickstarter project has reached its funding goal, it's time to proceed with execution and move forward with all the development still to be done.

One important aspect is full compatibility with the widest range of mobile devices that you are planning to use with your SBrick.

Being a BLE (or Bluetooth Smart) device we already know SBrick will require a Bluetooth Smart Ready mobile device to work with. Here you can find a list of current Bluetooth Smart Ready devices as published by Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group).

We at TBs wanted to help SBrick development team, to profile what devices SBrick bakers plan to use to control their SBricks. So we launched a few polls that may help them to profile the users and focus or prioritize development tasks, tests, etc.

Which OS will you use for your SBrick mobile app?
  • iOS 8.x
  • iOS 7.x
  • iOS 6.x
  • iOS 5.x
  • Android 4.4 KitKat (API level 19)
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (API level 18)
  • Windows Phone 8.1
  • Windows Phone 8
  • Other (please specify in comments)

Which resolution does your SBrick mobile device supports?
  • 2048x1536
  • 1440x900
  • 1366x768
  • 1280x1024
  • 1280x800
  • 1136x640
  • 1024x768
  • 960x720
  • 960x640
  • 480x320
  • 470x320
  • 426x320
  • Other (please specify in comments)

Which mobile device do you plan to use with your SBrick?
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5C
  • iPhone 5S
  • iPhone 6
  • iPad 3
  • iPad 4
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Mini 1
  • iPad Mini 2
  • iPod Touch 5
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
  • Samsung Galaxy S IV
  • Samsung Galaxy S V
  • Sony Xperia C3
  • Sony Xperia M2
  • Sony Xperia Z3
  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
  • Sony Xperia E1
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
  • Sony Xperia Z1
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
  • Sony Xperia M / M Dual
  • Sony Xperia C
  • Motorola Droid RAZR
  • Motorola Droid Ultra
  • Motorola Droid Maxx
  • Motorola Droid Mini
  • Motorola Moto G
  • Motorola X
  • HTC One
  • HTC One Max
  • Huawei Ascend P7
  • Google Nexus 4
  • Google Nexus 5
  • Google Nexus 7
  • Google Nexus 10
  • Fujitsu Arrows
  • LG Optimus Exceed 2
  • LG Optimus Fuel
  • LG Optimus L70
  • LG Optimus L80
  • LG Optimus L90
  • LG Optimus G
  • LG Optimus G Pro
  • Nokia Lumia 520
  • Nokia Lumia 620
  • Nokia Lumia 625
  • Nokia Lumia 630
  • Nokia Lumia 635
  • Nokia Lumia 720
  • Other (please specify in comments)

As usual if none of the options presented reflect your devices, please chose "other" and specify posting a comment to this post.
Let's help the SBrick team to take the most of your SBrick!

Meanwhile we are getting close to the end of the KS campaign (3 days to go), hence do not forget to pledge if you have not already done that, or to raise your pledge even further!


TechnicBRICKs said...

For the moment I intend to use

Nokia Lumia 625
WP 8.1

Samsung Galaxy Pro 12.2
Android 4.4 KitKat

In the near term I should consider a new Android smartphone, as my old HTC Sensation does not support BT4.0.

Unknown said...

I intend to use:

Motorola Moto G
Android kitkat 4.4.4

Google Nexus 7 (2013)
Android kitkat 4.4.4

Martin Hammer said...

OnePlus One
1080 x 1920
Android KitKat

iPad Air

Rob said...

I intend to use:

Samsung Galaxy S4
1080 x 1920
Android 4.4 KitKat

Jacques said...

I'll use:
Lumia 520
Windows Phone 8.1 (Update 1)
Other resolution: 800x480

question though:
Will it be a universal app for Windows Phone? because then it could be possible to use the app on a Microsoft Surface RT

Balrog said...

My HTC One has a widescreen resolution of 1920x1080. That is clearly a common resolution and missing in the vote. It is running Android 4.4.2 Kitkat.

TechnicBRICKs said...

I acknowledge there are common entries missing in the polls.
They were made with inputs from SBrick team, and now it is too late to edit the polls.

Please keep posting your configurations if you won't find them listed.


Unknown said...

If I got an SBrick, I would probably use the following:
Android 4.4.4 KitKat
(Other resolution): 1980x1200
Google Nexus 7(2013)

I would like to point out, while my current phone is probably too old to be worth developing for (Blackberry 9900), I would be looking at a BB10 device once I upgrade. I would love support for BB10 at all.

nockawa said...

Nokia 1520
Resolution: 1920*1080

Jetro said...

I will use:
Samsung Galaxy S2
Resolution: 480×800
Android 4.1.2

I also have:
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
Resolution: 1600x2560
Android 4.4.2

But I don't think that is the most practical device for this application. A phone is much more practical in my opinion.

Ian said...

I wonder, but could it work with Mindstorms EV3 which has bluetooth?

Unknown said...

Resolution: 1080x1920
Android 4.4.3 Kitkat (I put a new ROM on it)

Alex Campos said...

As both my Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro and Acer Iconia B1-710 don't support BLE, I'm a bit stuck (even though I backed the project ;) )...
It was mentioned somewhere that PS3 controllers are compatible; if so, I wonder if this one could be used?

Alan said...

iPhone 4S iOS 7 and whatever updates are released. I don't know the screen resolution.
Looking forward to seeing this happen very much.

Dave said...

I will be using my Microsoft Surface Pro 2 tablet with its Bluetooth capability. It is not a "phone", but uses Windows 8.1.

CyberX said...

I'll use a Sony Xperia Z1
1080 x 1920
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, maybe upgradeable to 4.4.4 KitKat

But I have a tablet Asus Trasnformer TF101
1280 x 800
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, maybe Ubuntu
and would definitely prefer to use it

But most of my work will be on Raspberry Pi with Raspbian and Ubuntu laptop, not on smart phones.

Unknown said...


Samsung Galaxy Note 2 - 1280x720.


Nazgarot said...

I will be using:

Sony Xperia Acro S
Android 4.2

Or upgrade my os/phone to something supported =)

Pogesz said...

Sony Xperia SP

Unknown said...

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Unknown said...

Xiaomi/Redmi Note!

Oh boy~ can't wait for it to ship out~

Unknown said...

Hisense U2
Android 2.3.6
resolution: 800*480
(Hopefully Gingerbread is supported)

VKTechnic said...

LG Optimus S LS670
Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Old phone is old XD

Kirk Backstrom said...

iPhone 5s
IOS 7 and 8

Unknown said...

samsung ativ smart pc pro with win 8.1

Ben said...

Aiming for a Raspberry Pi connected to a USB BT 4.0 dongle and an Xbox 360 wireless controller. I suppose I'd better get started on the RasPi and Xbox controller part now.

896gerard said...

Off course, this poll requires having a smartphone. But what percentage of all Lego Builders actually has a smart phone? I think that could be a good thing for a poll in the first place: children of 9 years old want to play with this. Do all parents give smartphones to their young children in the first place?

TechnicBRICKs said...


Well... I think the SBrick target audience is not exactly the same as the LEGO Technic official target.

I believe the SBrick development team is well aware that having a smartphone is pre-requisite to play with SBrick and it was intentionally developed that way.
Although there are alternatives in the drawing board, like BT remotes from gaming consoles.

So we start from the assumption that a smartphone is a pre-requisite regardless of the main audience targeted with SBrick.

IMO it is not intended as a mass-market product and maybe that's also one of the main reasons we shouldn't see an equivalent from LEGO for the next few years. There are plenty of reasons for LEGO to not do it in the short term at least.

896gerard said...

I think you are right, the Sbrick will be bought more by the slightly 'older' and more experienced builders. But it is a good initiative! I am waiting now on several other 'edited' Power functions: an XL motor with race buggy motor speed and torque, Small PF S motor and last but not least: chip tuning 2x4 brick which converts the 9 volts from the batteries into 11 volts to increase motor speeds. They are only speculations, but one thing is sure: thanks to the 3D-printer, a lot more is possible.

Maybe an idea for the Sbrick team: do something with Lego Mindstorms. Bluetooth can connect Technic&Mindstorms now because of the S-brick.

Enzo said...

I intend to use:

Samsung Galaxy SIII
Android kitkat 4.4.4

hygrotus said...

Android 4.1.2

Nate said...

Lumia 925
1280 x 768

Stu said...

Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900W8)

Unknown said...

MS windows 8,1 on my Lenovo Yoga PC. is it possible??

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