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Mobile phone as a remote

  1. Sep 7, 2008 #1
    how are phones made to work like remote???????? i have heard of many innovations like mobile operated robots mobile operatd water pumps............ could'nt figur out how the circut is made????
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  3. Sep 7, 2008 #2


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    The most straightforward way would be to put a phone in the thing that you want to control. Then just call that phone, and control away. It would take a little extra software in both cell phones, but as you say, people are doing this already.
  4. Sep 12, 2008 #3
    From the other side of it, many mobile phones have IR data transfer and can thereby be converted into TV remotes and the like.

    If you want to mount the phone on something then you will need to use the phone as a modem and write the appropriate software on your device and at your controlling station.
  5. Sep 14, 2008 #4
    any idea wat kind of software it needs????? i need some more detailed replies nyways thanx berkeman and chayced
  6. Sep 15, 2008 #5
    a friend of mine did this as his final year project (mech eng dit)
    he had two phones and he built a robot.
    one phone went into the robot. this phone had a small board attached to it with some digital outputs on it (switches) which were hooked up to the robot.
    when he rang the phone the robot automatically answered, then he could use the keypad to control the robot, (i'm not sure if its called a dtmf contoller?)
    the cool thing was that the robot also had a video camera on it that would feed into the phone so that john could leave the robot anywhere, dial it up and could then see where the robot was and manouver it around the room.
    it was pretty cool one day as i was working on my own project the robot suddenly came to life and started to move around the room, it came over to where i was and "looked" at me before returning to its corner. john then sent me a text message stg like "hey james i see your working away on your project, i'm still in bed but i'll be in in the afternoon"
    that was pretty cool!
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