Wi-Fi robot...controlled by an iPhone?

I’ve heard many people say that it is possible to control a robot with wi-fi over a network on a computer, but could it be also programmed onto an iPhone? Since most of you have no idea what language(s) macs use to create applications, you could probably help me with the robot and microcontroller side, and i could start working on the cocoa app and figuring out how to program the 3 axis accelerometer and multi-touch gestures. It definitely will be a challenge, but if I do succeed, I’ll put the iphone app on the app store by the end of june.

Vex Wi-Fi is coming out pretty soon. I don’t know if it is compatible with the IPhone but you should wait and find out before you begin your project.


Unless it uses an internet browser to control the robot.

There isn’t a whole lot to figure out, the accelerometer and multi-touch is all built in so it’s easy to use.(I program cocoa too)


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Personally I think the wi-fi thing is a dangerous idea. It opens up the opportunity for people to attempt to take controll of others robots.

While somebody may do this, I doubt it would happen in a competition. Also there isn’t any real reason to do this other than just to do it. With the crystals you could always interfere with the robots operation anyways.

this is true, we had some strange interference with a crystal set at the diamond state championshio.

so none of you have any clue how you would control a robot via wi-fi…that really was my main question. I’m starting an Objective C tutorial so I can create cocoa apps. I know that it would be possible to send accelerometer data over the internet via a native app, but just not too sure about wi-fi.

I don’t think you are going to get a cookbook answer, since there isn’t (yet) a product that integrates WiFi into the Vex platform. If you can’t wait a few more months for the new Vex Wifi control system to come out, you will probably need to cobble together something yourself.

There is a thriving ecosystem of Linux developers who have “opened” a variety of wireless routers. If you are comfortable hacking hardware and software, then you could start with something like a Linksys WRT54G wireless router and go from there.


  • Dean

The same way that other people take over Remote Vehicle Entry Systems?? That’s lot of work.