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Android handset used as remote control for Lego Mindstorm

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Android handset used as remote control for Lego Mindstorm
An Android smartphone has been used as a remote control for a robot before. Of course, it was a $3,000 Japanese PLEN robot with a price tag that puts it out of reach for Mr. and Mrs John Doe. But if remote control is your thing, the more easily affordable LEGO Mindstorm kit can be turned into a robot that will take orders from an Android handset. The Enea Android team took advantage of the integrated Bluetooth technology in the Mindstorm to allow an HTC Hero to be a remote control for the robot.

Movement is signaled by tilting the handset and the user can switch back and forth between different robots to control. The actual set-up is a bit convoluted because the Android 1,5 OS in the Hero doesn't support the Bluetoth serial profile. Instead, the Hero is linked by Wi-Fi to a nearby laptop uses its Bluetooth connectivity to link to the robot. Android 2.1 will support the Bluetooth's serial profile, so a Nexus One should be able to make a direct link without the laptop.

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source: ENEA via AndroidCommunity

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:45

1. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


It makes sense for a Android to control a robot.

posted on 13 Feb 2010, 18:35

2. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


Interesting how this is NOT the SPRINT HTC HERO CDMA. . .This is the GSM version. . .Sprint was tagged in error!!

posted on 17 Feb 2010, 19:08

3. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


Sprints phones are too crappy to do anything cool like this. Please untag Sprint.

posted on 22 Aug 2010, 04:28

4. MontgomeryShana (unregistered)


Set your life time more easy take the mortgage loans and all you need.

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