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April 27, 2012

Drive a Car with an iPhone

at 9:48 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking


If you are getting a bit tired of driving your car manually this hack might be for you. 🙂 The guys from Waterloo Labs built this car that can be driven around using an iPhone. They are using a CompactRIO controller as the brains of the system which might be considered overkill and does come with a hefty price tag of almost two grand!

Thanks to Jody for sending this one in.

 “We built our control systems using a few motors, potentiometers, a Compact RIO embedded controller, and LabVIEW. We then set up wi-fi communication so we can drive the car from an iPhone as well as from a modified Power Wheels truck.”






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2 Responses to “Drive a Car with an iPhone”

  1. Fuming Solder Says:

    This is as close to insane as it ever gets. Don’t get me wrong, I think that the engineering that went into it is awesome (and a good learning experience if you wanted to enter the DARPA Grand Challenge) but iPhone is one of those devices that can do great many things, all of them badly. Jack of all trades, master of none, so to speak. My very first impression after watching this video was that by following these instructions suicide bombers would get some reprieve: at least you don’t have to be in that car, you can kinda crudely steer it into your target with an iPhone. “Suicide bombing: there’s an all for that!”

  2. mrfixitrick Says:

    Brilliant, simply brilliant!
    The Google self-driving car might even be a bit jealous 😉

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