Should driving a car with an iPhone deserve a ticket? Nah, it should be rewarded.Â It might look dangerous but this iPhone hack is just another example of what can be done with an iPhone and uncommon ingenuity. The 10 Outstanding DIY iPhone Hacks we covered a while back show more superb ways modders have exploited the iPhone.
Follow along the Waterloo Engineering team as they show us a video how-to on how to remote control a full sized automobile.Â Controlling the car with an iPhone is not just a case of an iPhone app and Wi-Fi. Itâ€™s also a lot of â€˜behind the wheelsâ€™ engineering as the gas, the brake and the steering are rigged up with three separate controlling motors. The motors are interfaced to a Wi-Fi enabled Compact RIO controller.
The car can be remotely steered using a laptop with LabView software as the brains.Â A custom app lets you control the pedal and gas with touch sliders on the phone. The steering is taken care of by the iPhoneâ€™s accelerometer.
Three instructional videos take us through the project. The first gives an overview, the second focuses on the components and the third is all about the code for the iPhone app. All three end with glimpses of car-surfing with a driverless car. You can also check out the text description on how they did it.
Get yourself a salvaged car, some scavenged motor parts and the other hardware mentioned. Try this one out far away from the cops.
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