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By Adam Zeis on 9 Mar 2012 09:40 am EST
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It seems like we've seen the BlackBerry PlayBook getting put to all kinds of new uses over the last few weeks, and the latest is one of my favorites thus far. In what looks to be an entrant to the Robot Challenge, this custom creation is actually controlled by a BlackBerry PlayBook. It works over a shared wifi connection in conjunction with a BlackBerry Bold 9900. A camera mounted on the robot sends video to the PlayBook, while an on-screen joystick controls the movements. Very cool stuff here that again shows the possibilities of the PlayBook and the BlackBerry platform. Check out the video above for more.

22 comments

martinjdub

I hope it comes with the RC

shebmiller

best background music for demo video EVER

Very sexy stuff indeed!!

Detective M Downs

Anyone know the song playing in background?

pkcable

It IS nice.  Unfortunately Shazam could not find a match.  :(

pblakeney

Anyone have any luck in finding the artist on the video track? Remote control of a flying helicopter with an on board camera would be cool.

acholewa

I used a song "Common Ground" by Rob van Wouw as the recording background. Here you are the YT link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1XeTSKoIX4 :)

pblakeney

Thanks, got it and keep up the good work.

adriank403

Apparently Marcus Miller "When I Fall in Love".
It was on the youtube video but whether that's the actual track then i dunno

joski

I've been meaning to experiment with my Arduino and the PlayBook to do stuff like this but more for home automation.

I have absolutely 0 developing knowledge though so while I could put together something with the Arduino, I couldn't write a PlayBook app to take advantage of controls and different sensors and stuff.

If anyone is interested, youtube and google some Arduino/Android stuff. Since we don't have USB Host mode, this can be easily accomplished with a Bluetooth or Wifi shield instead! :)

Adam Zeis

Would definitiely love to see some cool Arduino stuff. I remember we posted this up a while back but haven't seen much else since.

http://bit.ly/uQSNiG

joski

Yes! This video actually got me researching Arduino more but I've been way too busy to spend much time on the Arduino stuff I bought..

spencerdl

Now that's KOOL......oooooooh the possibilities of the PlayBook

NaijaBerry

Very nice some playbook love, keep it coming guys we'll done!!

yvpan1

awesomely cool!!! WATCH THAT IPAD, WATCH THAT ANDROID.. PLAYBOOK CAN DO THIS TOO!!! HAHHAAHHAHAHAHA!

anthogag

This has a lot potential and it looks pretty cool so far.

I can see this in time for Christmas in Toys R Us. You should contact RIM about a limited production run of a remote controlled toy steered by the playbook or BB phone.

TeaBoy

nice, need some improvement seem a bit laggy

takeo

That lag seriously has to be a joke... it's lightyears from AR.Drone on iPad/Android... I'm sure the Playbook would be capable of doing the same, but this here now is very sad stuff - you can't really control the car without seeing it...