Just saw this really cool WiFi + RC car mod from our friends over at Geeky Gadgets and thought it deserved abit of mention, it’s been made by Jonathan Bennet from JB Projects. Basically, this DIY project has created a car in which you can control using a computer of any kind that’s connected to the internet. And because it’s controlled via WiFi, it’s got an incredibly long range of up to 500m!
A remote control car that can be driven over the internet or with a laptop wirelessly from up to 500m away. It has a live-feed network camera so that it can be driven without line of sight and a horn so that you can honk at people. Adding a network camera, router, heavier batteries, extra circuits, and a whole bunch of wires adds a lot of extra weight that the car wasn’t designed for. Because of all of the additions, you’ll need to find a pretty large RC car. Thrift stores often sell RC vehicles (without remotes!) for $3-5. I have bought a number of cars this way for taking apart. Vehicles in the 1:10 size ratio or bigger are appropriate; you probably don’t want to go any smaller. I bought this car for $5 at Value Village.
Check out this video, featuring the car in action…
I believe with a bit of modification it could certainly be controlled using an iPhone like the RC we previously featured!
[via Geeky Gadgets]