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Toys for Big Boys: iPhone Remote Controls Honda Civic, Blackberry Remote Controls F1 Car

by Lambert Varias

Man, these are smartphones indeed. The wise – and probably bored – folks at the University of Berlin made a one-of-a-kind iPhone app which they called iDriver, which allows them to control a Honda Civic via Wi-Fi. But it’s not like our German friends just coded the app and then began playing real-life Hot Wheels; the car – which has been nicknamed “Spirit of Berlin”- was modified and fitted with a ton of electronic equipment as well.


Here’s iDriver and Spirit of Berlin in action:

Praise Apple and the iPhone! Well, not really. Upon reading about iDriver at 8bitfix, commenter Solidsnake72 took time off from sneaking about and shared the video below. It starts small, but an insane turn of events comes about 2 minutes into the clip:

Blackberry FTW! Although RIM’s smartphone loses points for using Bluetooth, which of course has a limited range, I think we can all agree that controlling a real F1 car is infinitely more fun than controlling a station wagon, even if said station wagon has lasers onboard.

Update: as nobbi points out in the comments, the Blackberry video is (almost) certainly a viral marketing stunt. Can anyone confirm this? At least no kids on balloons  were involved. And thanks to gusto for the tip!

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Comments (9):

  1. technabob says:

    I bet the Palm Pre has a video where it controls a Ford Pinto.

  2. nobbi says:

    well, the F1 thing clearly is a vodafone viral marketing stunt

  3. Akky AKIMOTO says:

    Not a real-sized car (yet), but Joker Racer is beta testing remote mini car driving over the internet. You might be interested in.

  4. that looks like it could get crazy….

  5. www.allstarmobi.com says:

    Yeah I kind of guessed that too

  6. rocky the robot truck says:

    Wow! A sharp mind with lots of time to spare can really do wonders huh!

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