Sep 082008
 

I don’t know what kind of drugs the boys at the FH Hagenberg’s Mobile Computing department use, but I want them too. Today’s top story comes hot off Andreas Jakl’s and Stephan Selinger’s hands – everybody who loves RC cars will be more than delighted to see what they have in store for us.

0a Shaker Racer   control an RC car with an S60 phone 0a0 Shaker Racer   control an RC car with an S60 phone
The pictures above show DI Stephan Selinger handling a stock RC car which was modified with a custom PCB that adds remote-control support via Bluetooth. The planar itself is shown below: as the boys currently lack a manufacturing facility, the PCB’s are assembled by hand:
1a Shaker Racer   control an RC car with an S60 phone 1b Shaker Racer   control an RC car with an S60 phone

Andreas demoed his software on a Nokia N95 8GB. The Python program analyzes inputs from the phone’s motion sensor and transfers these to the car via the phone’s Bluetooth module:
2a Shaker Racer   control an RC car with an S60 phone 2b Shaker Racer   control an RC car with an S60 phone

The UI of the program currently is very simple, but can be improved easily due to the flexible Python architecture.

A demo video showing the arrangement in action can be found at Google Video

Currently, modules can be purchased in prototype quantities by emailing Andreas at andreas dot jakl@fh-hagenberg dot at. Modules are produced by Stephan Selinger himself and cost 200€ per piece due to the difficult manufacturing process. Furthermore, no warranty is provided whatsoever (not even against DOA) deliveries.

Stephan and Andreas are currently looking for somebody who feels like manufacturing and selling their controllers – if you are aware of a company that can tackle it, please let them know immediately!

P.S. Andreas will demo the technology at the upcoming Symbian Smartphone Show in London! Peopl,e who feel like taking it for a spin should definitely give them a visit!


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  4. How damned cool is this?! And from what I’ve seen and read about the Nokia N95, you could actually shoot video of your RC car, and using a service like Qik, or some of the others, you could stream that video live! That’s about as cool as it gets (unless they wanted to build a little on-board camera that shot POV, and streamed it like the multi car views on NASCAR!)

  5. Hi,
    thank you so much for talking back!

    Are you interested in producing these en masse maybe?

    All the best
    Tam Hanna

  6. Whoa! An RC car that runs on bluetooth. That’s brilliant! I like how you re-worked your Nokia to use as a remote for it. As far as the program itself, it doesn’t really need to be complicated. Simple design is always better and it shows from the video link you gave out. As far as the pricing for it, I think you’re actually more than fair to do the mod by hand for 200€ because I bet you can probably fetch at least 50% more per unit since it’s hand-made. Although I am not a manufacturer, I wouldn’t be able to help you in that capacity. Fortunately, I will be sending the link to this post to all of my friends and networks: Trust me, there’s a manufacturer in there and I am fairly confident that they would be keen to this idea. If everything does work out, I hope I get a finder’s fee! J/K…I’m just doing it because I love what you did here. Thank you for the post and take care!

  7. Hi,
    keep us in touch!

    All the best
    Tam Hanna

  8. Oh, cool!

    Sorry, can’t help with the manufacturing, but I proise I’ll be first in line when you guys start selling them!

  9. Hi Anthony,
    sorry – cant promise anything in this area.

    All I can do is offer you a prototype…

    All the best
    Tam Hanna

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