Wi-Drive is a proof of concept project, I know we’re a little late and those fuckers have already decided to create a “real” car that can be driven from an iPhone but this project is a little different.
Wi-Drive is my final year major project at Bournemouth University on the Interactive Media Production course. Instead of making a website (like 98% of the people on my course) I’ve decided to do something completely different in an attempt not to bore the fuck out of my lecturers and inject some excitement into their lives for the best of 10 minutes until they get bored.
So I’ve devised Wi-Drive, a module made from an Arduino board and various components to drive a toy Tamiya car over Wi-Fi from any application by sending post requests to the arduino board with directions, but that’s not all, I’ve decided to blow my student loan on a pair of virtual reality glasses and a pin hole camera to strap to the car, so it feels like you’re actually in the thing, if time allows and my brain is willing to take the extra learning curve I’ll plonk an extra servo in the car that will turn to correspond to the drivers head movements. The idea is complete immersion, putting you literally into the driver seat.
The final product must unobtrusive so that you can apply the same methods to other vehicles such as remote control helicopters and aeroplanes.