In context: The Lightning interface is a proprietary information switch and charging port unique to Apple units because the iPhone 5. However, that did not cease a robotics engineer from including a Lightning connector to an Android telephone in a ‘simply because I can’ challenge.
Late final yr, a robotics engineer named Ken Pillonel (Kenny Pi) confirmed us the primary iPhone with a working USB-C port. This yr he determined to invert this concept and modded an Android telephone with a Lightning port.
For now, Pillonel solely posted a small teaser exhibiting the interface engaged on the modded telephone (Samsung Galaxy A51), however a full video clarification might be obtainable later. Still, the teaser exhibits you the telephone charging utilizing a Lightning cable and detecting it to switch information.
“It was a fancy modification that required some out-of-the-box considering. And sprinkle some DIY on high of that,” wrote the engineer within the video description.
When requested about how he did it, Pillonel stated that essentially the most difficult a part of the challenge was placing all of it collectively. As per his phrases, Lightning cables should not “dumb.” They solely cost Apple units, forcing the engineer to consider how he might trick the road into considering it was related to 1. All this needed to be finished contained in the telephone’s casing, making it much more difficult.
As you’ll be able to see by the video, Pillonel discovered a option to do exactly that. Overall, he thought of this challenge extra manageable than the earlier one, as he now has extra expertise and data on this subject. Pillonel additionally added that there is no motive for modding an Android machine with a Lightning port, however he needed to see if he might do it.