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  • iPhone Controlled RC Car Rocks


    Josef Prusa (and his brother), a few iPhone 3G-loving Czechs, have figured out how to control their RC car with their iPhone's accelerometer. The 5+ minute video shows Josef wheeling and spinning his RC car simply by tilting the iPhone.

    Writes Josef in his English post on the mod -
    Controlling is very easy with iPhone 3G. You have five buttons, four of them you can use for traditional "driving" and when you press last one, unlocks accelerometer control in same way as you can see in many driving games available on AppStore.

    Realization of this project not took long time, only one afternoon.


    Basically, he's interfacing the iPhone 3G with OSCemote (link opens iTunes), which is available for $4.99 in the AppStore and sends Open Sound Control messages to a PC on his network. The PC catches the data using Max/MSP. Max/MSP then exports to an Arduino, which is a small development kit that, in turn, by use of transistors, makes the adjustments on the actual RC controller. Some nifty engineering mods for an afternoon's work.

    josef-prusa.eu
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone Controlled RC Car Rocks started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 33 Comments
    1. jayson9's Avatar
      jayson9 -
      Dug the remark about the garage controller......... LOL!

      What about, "Beam me up Scotty!" Cool device none the less.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      That's really cool, I got a nitro r/c car that I'd really like to control with my iPhone. Soon the iPhone will be the ultimate remote, having the ability to control nearly anything. Apple should open up the bluetooth on iPhone so I can control my PS3, if Sony or someone make an app.
    1. Prospect26's Avatar
      Prospect26 -
      thats crap .. theres some other dude (who u cant see in the video) with the real controller of the lil car driving it
    1. prakashsirvee's Avatar
      prakashsirvee -
      this is really wonderful stuff man keep it up dude and one thing i dint understand why did you connect that radio frequency device to laptop via usb
    1. 461am's Avatar
      461am -
      This is technology at it's best. Sit back and just take it in, people.
    1. lifesmymachine's Avatar
      lifesmymachine -
      thats flippin sweet! makes me want to go buy an rc car!
    1. thaforgottenone's Avatar
      thaforgottenone -
      thats so coool...too bad you need a comp/laptop for tha middle man to take tha feed from the iphone then it sends it out to tha chipper on tha RC... if just iphone to car that would be even better but i like.
    1. elnekis's Avatar
      elnekis -
      It would be so cool if you could put a Bluetooth received to the car, and have the iPhone's Bluetooth a little more usable other than just for a handsfree.
    1. straightryder's Avatar
      straightryder -
      This is not a good IDEA!!!!

      Now the U.S government will ban iPhones on planes.

      I can see Home Land Security freaking out right now!!!

      LOL
    1. tha5150's Avatar
      tha5150 -
      i wish there was a true write up for us to test. i DO beleive this and think it is very possible but i would want to see it for myself. those who have an RC collection and use electric motors must know about Brushless. i think it would be funny as heck trying to control a BL truck with an iPhone. haha.
    1. Gustavo Saliola's Avatar
      Gustavo Saliola -
      Great Project! Opens a wide bunch of ideas for controlling pourposes/devices. Nice work.
    1. iphonemajjik's Avatar
      iphonemajjik -
      crazy concept, but cool
    1. nothanks4u's Avatar
      nothanks4u -
      and using another iphone to make the video! great!