Want to give your Tyco car some extra oomph and control? Matthew Katzenstein took an electrical car and added a range of control based on robotics.
By adding an Arduino to the car, Matthew was able to bring more control to the car and increase its speed. Though his initial car is run from a laptop, there are Bluetooth options that offer control of the car from a smartphone. The car is also ruggedized, so it can take drops and crashes and still perform well.
Matthew Katzenstein souped up his Tyco car by adding an Arduino to bring more control to the car and make it faster.
Now that's a good use for electronics. Actually many new cars are "hopped up", as we usd to say, by changing out the computer chip that controls the engine management system (EMS) rather that doing something mechanical, like replacing the carbeurator.
From the article it is interesting to note that even with toy cars the manufacturer puts limits on performance.
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