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.
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:
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:
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!