After having created my autonomous rover
, I wanted to create something I could control with my Mac. This is partly inspired by Google Street Car!
I went to Radioshack and bought this cheap RC toy for $7.00, spent time learning about serial ports, hacked the transmitter, connected my serial port (USB2Serial) from my Mac to the transmitter. Hooked up my old Nokia phone to provide live video feed to my laptop via bluetooth.
Refreshed my VB skills, wrote a command center that tied the video, rf transmission to the serial port.
A whole lot of fun this was considering, I'm not an electronics guy!
Enough talk, here's a video
Here's my command center I wrote in VB with live video feedback
The Google street car!
The RCs RF transmitter hooked up to my Mac