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I would like to be able to connect to a system via bluetooth that does not have bluetooth capability. I know that they make usb to bluetooth adapter dongles. That solution doesn't work for me because the system I wish to connect with doesnt provide power, it is a usb client. I would think it should be possible, if not simple even, to use any bluetooth phone as a powered bluetooth to usb adapter. Is anyone familiar with an app or solution? I am open to solutions outside of android as well, though academically this may still be interesting.

  • I know with many Android devices that support OTG (USB On-The-Go), the phone doesn't supply the power needed to run those USB devices (USB devices that are self-powered work fine). The way around this is to use a USB powered hub as this will provide the needed power to the USB device, but doesn't require the computer/phone to provide it. Maybe it could work in your situation as well. – bassmadrigal Apr 9 '13 at 17:39
  • I've looked into OTG cables, modern phones (android 3.1 and up) will detect the cable and go into usb host mode, which means they actually will provide power if the OEM chipset allows it. However this doesnt solve the blue tooth part which is the most important concern here. – user31931 Apr 9 '13 at 17:42
  • Sorry, I meant using just a bluetooth usb adapter through a powered hub. I don't think a current solution exists for using the phone as a Bluetooth device, because that hasn't been set up in any ROMs. It would likely require a lot of coding and patches to expose the Bluetooth hardware to something else over USB. – bassmadrigal Apr 9 '13 at 18:34

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