We all have, at some point of our childhood meddled around with a R/C car. A certain Gaurav Manek relived the R/C car experience, sans the good ol’ remote control.
Moves to your tunes (Image courtesy: 24World News)
He readied an HTML 5 application for his iPad to make it compatible with his R/C car. The application works solely on the iPad’s gyroscope to activate the car’s motors and also the steering, all depending on the location of the guide marker on the screen. He also came up with an alternate steering method. This time, using a Kinect sensor, he could track his movements. All of Gaurav’s hand movements were mapped and were used to trigger the car’s remote.
The whole mechanic of an iPad working as a remote control works with the help of wiring the car’s remote to an Arduino using opto-isolators. The Arduino using a serial port is also connected to a computer. With an iPad, however, the commands are sent through a Python server
You could give it a try too, and do let us know how close you got to that perfect drive!