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Processing for Android

Create Mobile, Sensor-Aware, and VR Applications Using Processing

Andrés Colubri

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Learn how to use the Processing programming language and environment to create Android applications with ease. This book covers the basics of the Processing language, allowing users to effectively program interactive graphics in 2D and 3D. It  also details the application of these techniques to different types of Android devices (smartphones, tablets, wearables and smartwatches). 

Processing for Android walks you through the steps of taking an initial idea to a final app. With this book, you will be able to write engaging apps with interactive visuals driven by motion and location information obtained from the device’s sensors; including health data from the wearer, like step count and heart rate. 

An advantage of Processing for Android over more complex programming environments is the ability for users to focus on the interactions and visual output of their code rather than in the implementation details of the Android platform. This book goes through a comprehensive series of hand-on projects, ranging from simple sketches to more complex projects involving sensors and integration with larger apps. It also covers important aspects such as exporting your Processing projects as signed apps are ready to upload to the Google Play store and be share with the world!

What You'll Learn

  • Write apps and live wallpapers for smartphones and tablets

  • Design and implement interactive watch faces

  • Create Virtual Reality experiences for Cardboard devices

  • Integrate Processing sketches into larger apps and Android Studio

  • Export projects as completed apps ready to distribute through Google Play Store

Who This Book Is For

Artists, designers, students, researchers, and hobbyists who are not necessarily Android experts, but are looking to write mobile apps that make creative use of interactive graphics, sensor data, and virtual reality. 

Andres Colubri is a core member of the Processing project, and the main developer of the OpenGL renderer, the video library, and Processing for Android. He originally studied Physics and Mathematics in Argentina and later received an MFA at the UCLA Design Media Arts program. He uses Processing as the main tool to bridge his interests in computer graphics, visualization, and statistical modeling. Andres is an active yearly speaker on topics ranging from creative coding with Processing to data visualization.


Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 381
Erscheinungsdatum 03.11.2017
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-4842-2718-3
Verlag Apress
Maße (L/B/H) 23.6/15.4/2.5 cm
Gewicht 6146 g
Abbildungen 47 schwarzweisse Abbilmit 145 FarbabbildungenFarbabb.
Auflage 1st ed.


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  • Part I: First Steps with Processing for Android

    Chapter 1: Getting Started with Android Mode

    Chapter 2: The Processing Language

    Chapter 3: From Sketch to Play Store

    Part II: Drawing and Interaction

    Chapter 4: Drawing Graphics and Text

    Chapter 5: Touchscreen Interaction

    Chapter 6: Live Wallpapers

    Part III: Sensors

    Chapter 7: Reading Sensor Data

    Chapter 8: Driving Graphics and Sound with Sensor Data

    Chapter 9: Geo-Location

    Part IV: Wearables and Watch Faces

    Chapter 10: Wearable Devices

    Chapter 11: Visualizing Time

    Chapter 12: Visualizing Physical Activity

    Part V: 3D and VR

    Chapter 13: 3D in Processing

    Chapter 14: VR Basics

    Chapter 15: Drawing in VR 

    Part VI: Appendixes

    Appendix A: Gradle and Android Studio Integration 

    Appendix B: Processing Libraries