This BlackBerry controlled train makes me wish I had of asked for one as a gift!

By Bla1ze on 24 Dec 2013 08:45 pm
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Over at the BlackBerry Developer Blog they're celebrating the holidays and doing so in some very fun BlackBerry ways. Rob Williams, Application Development Consultant at BlackBerry has taken some time to demo his BlackBerry controlled HO rolling stock train after having recently helped Tim Neil with Bluetooth control for parts of the BatBerry. With some Arduino code coupled with a BlackBerry Cascades application, Rob was able to set up a number of operations that can all be controlled via BlackBerry.

Using the BlackBerry app, my family can now send the train either direction or stop it completely. The train also automatically reverses after a gentle delay when it hits the limit switches. I also built in controls for the lights in the four houses, with the choice between steady or a pretty flickering setting, plus a brightness setting.

The model functions without being connected to my BlackBerry as well; however, when I do connect, I have dynamic instant control over my train from anywhere in the room. It’s a lot of fun for the family and it will definitely be a new annual holiday tradition! 

You can check out the quick video above to see it in action or head on over to the BlackBerry Developer Blog for a further look at the story behind it all. Totally awesome! Shame I'm a bit late to ask for a train set for the holidays.

Read more at the BlackBerry Dev Blog

Topics: Developers

65 comments

Batmark

Perhaps a new Crackberry give away?

I like BB10...and that's all that matters to me.

zeon mohamedd

Day 25.. kiwi wonder...finally...a great gift

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Bold_until_Hybrid_Comes

yeah... I didn't think I was THAT naughty but I guess so. Kiwi Wonder it is for christmas!

TheOnlyNeo

I just can't... 'had of' I tried to ignore it but I can't."had of" :(

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Francois1988

Proper form? I saw something too lol.

On another note, this is very cool!

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kennyiceberry

Yeah that's pants. Poor grammar grates. A hot shot blogger like Bla1ze should be setting a better example than that.

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celestial blue

yeah, that's one of my biggest grammar peeves. Makes me wince. Are there no editors for this site?

RandalFGray

my gf's sister just got an almost new green Cadillac ATS-V Sedan only from working part-time off a home computer... this page
> > > > >>>> c­a­s­h­4­6.co­m

GooberNS

Neat! Now if someone could only make one for my boys Thomas set...

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The_Original_Modifier

Arduino is open source. ;) Even look into Rasperry Pi for more fun.

jordandrews90

Very cool!

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kalonjie

Me too

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martinjdub

Does it work on a 2010 Subaru Forester? ;)

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LoganSix

I was told that it was impossible for BB10 to have that sort of automation connection.

dguy123

?

Time to stop listening to those experts I guess.

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LoganSix

One of those "experts" in the forum. It was a long thread.

rocker_man1

That is awesome!

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Devil

Bla1ze, "had of", not correct buddy...

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edu3110

WOW!!! That's a cool train!!!

Post via my AWESOME Q10! BBM Channel: C12140D

CCR601

Now that's cool! I wonder how many engines you can control with that app?

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boujwalii

That's pretty cool

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kaijai_tm

Can't get pass that "had of" to read the article. That grammar nazi OCD is "effecting" me right now.

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imraimy

*past

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kaijai_tm

No feeding of trolls.

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Graheem

Seems like fair play to me.

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cxn147

Also: "Affecting", not effecting. Sorry. :)

Cool train, btw.

00stryder

Awesome stuff!

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M Ress

Had of? Really -.-!!

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Reibs

Really need to make this an app and sell it. Really cool

III 4U2NV III

So awesome!!

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Anthony Roberts5

All I can say is wow.......(sniff sniff) such beauty.......

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samchitto

I wish I'd get this kind of a Christmas present, looks cool.

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Supa_Fly1

That train, featured in the picture, has three generations of family working for the business, and owned by the investment company owned by Alan Greenspan.

BNSF; Bullington Northern Santa Fa

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AppReview

Day 25 is a disappointment! Another bird game.

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Lostonline

This isn't an app giveaway.

I hope you do not own a BB.

BB until it is not CDN

omar ayman

Sounds fun

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paulschulte

Very cool. I hope to see that developed into a commercial app.

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henrickrw

This is terrific... blackberry is powa

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GjDub

Too late for Christmas '13 ... but not for '14!!!

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raymond

Shut the front door!

Stop, drop, and roll.

TheOnlyNeo

Had of!! Come on my OCD is going haywire now please someone correct it.

www.neopitso.com

sbx9900

The title seems to confuse me....or had i just had too much to drink? The preposition "of" needs to be deleted imho...

spookyentertainment

C0014C3C9 BlackBerry if you love music let's hear what you like post it here

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Rootbrian

Sorry, but spamming every single damn post won't gain any new channel followers. Give it up bro.

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zdn1042

Who doesn't like trains? Although if somebody were to give me this, I wouldn't even be able to control it. I want a Q5. :(

christoph77

CB give-away!

C0038297E Quote of the Day (BBM Channel)

Rootbrian

Amazing train! :) BlackBerry Train! :D

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huungryshark

I am German but is this correct english? Had of??

denis22

No it isn't, you're quite right. Bla1ze is just fucking daft.

cdnrider

Check out www.rocrail.net free software that runs on Windows /Mac/Linux and there are iPhone and Android clients for control. I have the Android one side loaded on my Playbook connecting to my RaspPI...... should sideload to BB10 no problem....

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kennyiceberry

Weak grammar aside, nice bit of bluetooth, train set fun!

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Bacon Munchers

Wow! A toy train powered by QNX!

I LIKE! I WANT!

dguy123

I wonder if it would work with the QNX powered engines running rail lines in US, Canada, France, Switzerland, etc. , or the QNX powered chunnel train?

Now THAT would be some good fun!

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C a l m a r

I WANT IT!!! If this is real, we should be able to control any DCC train and accessories... Please have someone program it for all the train guys around!

cdnrider

Www.rocrail.net

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C a l m a r

I do not think we will be able to run Rocrail on a QNX / BB10 system soon. But I which...

nicklas79

You can !
In fact, I have started a train layout in N-scale. I'm using DCC protocol with Ecos command station from ESU.
Of course, I'm using Rocrail to drive my trains from my laptop or from a mobile / tablet. You can install a Rocrail client. I'm intend to write a native application with cascades.
Nicolas - developer of the applications : PlayCloud and PhotoWall 3D

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cdnrider

Sounds great.... a native BB10 client for Rocrail......

Currently running a Digitrax DCS50 with DS64's and additional block detection through mgv50. Server is on RaspPI. And client on PC and Playbook.

HO Trix/Fleisxann

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SeekerBerry

Hi,
I read the Crackberry post and jumped over to his blog. Can anyone give us some more Information on how to achieve this kind of control? Is there a special Bluetooth receiver in the Train? Or do you just control voltage and polarity? I would be interested in getting more Information.

Seekerberry

robbieDubya

Hi, circuit diagram, Arduino code, and cascades code are on github, under cascades community samples, Holiday Train...

Thanks!