iPhone controlled R/C car

Is controlling an R/C car with its own remote too mundane for you? Do you feel the need to involve a web server and an iPhone in the process? This project might just be perfect for you. By connecting the R/C controller to a microcontroller board, and feeding it signals via a website from your iPhone, you can control the car as if you had the original controller in your hand. In case you missed it, he’s lugging a laptop, a circuit board, and the original controller along with him. They do make a few improvements though, such as speed control by using pulse width modulation. I guess that makes up for having to lug the computer around too.

[thanks Humberto]

22 thoughts on “iPhone controlled R/C car

  1. so that looks like a stupid control setup, i bet the original controller worked better. this would have been a much better/more useful project if you used a motherboard with an arm processor, wifi, and usb to control the car and it also had a webcam you can view…or even better use a cell phone instead of wifi so it can be run completely remotely =)

  2. would be cooler if he used the accelerometer to steer the iphone like a steering wheel, with push forward to speed up, pull back to stop (like an airplane’s yoke).

  3. @ninethcircle I totally agree, an arduino with a battery, wifi shield, and a proto shield would eliminate the laptop, and have it be compact to.

  4. [jose] is right, I’m pretty sure this was explicitly outlawed in the SDK agreement- there’s no way you’ll see it in the app store, in fact it might even trigger the ‘kill switch’ if Apple can be bothered…

  5. In 1966 Star trek had communicators, and 30 years later we had flip mobile phones. in 1997 tomorrow never dies had a device similar to this, which is a reality 11 years later. are the gadgets we see in todays sci-fi films going to be must-have christmas presents in 2010? maybe by then we’ll all have repraps, so the DVD extras will include the files to 3d print your own version of the hero’s gadgetry?

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