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I use a Mindstorms NXT brick and an Android smartphone for my remote controlled tank. The downside is that the NXT motors are slower than the regular Power Functions motors, and connecting PF motors to the NXT brick requires additional components. Personally, I am satisfied with NXT motors and don't bother kludging PF motors. (Yet.) Here is a modular truck ...


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As stated in the description of that video, the big issue is that the iPhone won't pair with uncertified devices: The car is built with standard Lego Mindstorms NXT components. Since iPhone SDK does NOT allow using non certified devices (which are limited to other iPhones and some headsets etc.) I have used BTStack library. I guess this is why there's ...


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Personally I would go with Arduino (on the car) and an Android phone as the controller (via bluetooth). There's plenty of reference on the web about mixing the two. The main problem is interfacing with non Lego parts (motors, PCB, ...). Luckily, you can find Lego adapter parts in many Robot/Electronic sites. For example at Pololu: ...


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LEGO have produced an IR Speed Remote Control unit as part of their current "Power Functions" range. This offers: Features 4 RC channels, 2 stop button and 2 direction control switches! Use the jog wheels to control your motor speed! You will also need the receivers as well.


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The two sticks on that remote are pure on/off switches (well, forward/off/backward) and come back in their central position if not maintained pushed, and don't move laterally either. There are two classic ways to control a car with them: Use each switch to control a motor and wheel (or set of wheels) - so you have to push both levers to advance, and only ...


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The MindStorms NXT controller can work over bluetooth: http://mindstorms.lego.com/


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The 9398-1: 4x4 Crawler is an interesting candidate with the new servo motor. It comes in 2H2012. There are more pictures on TechnicBricks.


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Communication with the RCX Brick was via the Infra Red tower (or IR Remote Control) which connected to the computer with either a serial or USB cable. As neither iPhone nor iPad have an IR port, there's no way to connect directly between the two. You might be able to do something with a docked iOs device, but that strikes me as somewhat pointless.


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One way to get at this is to search Bricklink for sets containing the Power Functions IR Receiver and sets containing the PF IR Receiver V2. As of the time of this answer, it looks like the following sets contain that part and are remote controlled: Technic Motorized Bulldozer 8275 Motorized Excavator 8043 4x4 Crawler 9398 4x4 Crawler Exclusive Edition ...


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You'll want to read the TechnicBricks review of that set, which is quite detailed. In short, there are two new motor types; one of which is a servo motor used to control the direction. As the remote used is the usual on/off one, it means you'll be able to steer right or left, but with no granularity (you can also go straight ahead, of course). The other ...


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I saw an official Lego remote control car at the Lego Store once and I should have gotten it that day because I haven't seen it again. That said, with Mindstorms and a bluetooth enabled phone it should be possible to build one one your own.


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It is built like a regular RC car, there is a two channel remote and receiver combo with outputs for a motor channel and for a servo channel. The steering is done with two separate servos (S Motor, as Lego calls it), which are connected in parallel to the receiver. The remote is a tiny two channel affair with two side-by-side levers that move front to back, ...


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As with most things related to Power Function,s you can find this information on Philo's page on Power Functions. If you scroll down a little, you'll find a link to "LEGO Power Functions RC" which is a document straight from LEGO outlining the PF RC protocol. The protocol does include commands to set an absolute speed. Now, whether you can make sense of it ...


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There are ipad adaptors for iPad, iPhone. Some connect to the data port, but others connect to the headphone jack, so are eminiently programmable - you presumably just need audio samples. Alex


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It's possible to control a NXT with the iPhone/Smartphone although this method requires either another iPhone, Smartphone, Laptop or PC with access to the internet. The full programming and building instructions for the 'iPhoneRobot' can be found on BattleBricks. The source code for the server application and the NXT program is also available. It's a ...


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If you are looking for some info on sending commands over bluetooth, you might want to check out the link below: http://www.robotappstore.com/Knowledge-Base/Programming-LEGO-NXT-Mindstorms/92.html It's a pretty good introduction into sending direct commands to the NXT over bluetooth. That's what all the videos are doing that you see. What's convenient ...


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You could do it using a computer as an intermediate. Basically, you have a wireless connection between your iPhone and your computer, then the IR link between the computer and the RCX. It would be technically challenging but not impossible. The IR tower uses a serial port and the protocol is detailed here ...


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Something like this app may come in handy: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inxt-remote/id317399938?mt=8 Note that for this app you must have a computer on the same network and have a bluetooth device on that computer. It's a bit of a workaround - You may want to search for some other apps that can use built-in bluetooth.



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