While having breakfast with Iain at our hotel during SXSW (we both won that Nokia video competition), he mentioned that he was working on a Nokia N900 hack that will let him control an RC helicopter. I was hungover from the night before so my mind couldn’t understand him at the time. Nevertheless, Iaian just posted a video with his proof of concept that it will work.
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This video shows that he can send control signals with the Nokia N900′s infrared (IR). He also commented that he has no idea how well it’ll work in practice and what the spread/range of the N900 IR is, but he will work on getting better control when he can spare some time.
This is actually more believable than somebody else’s video of a Nokia N900 controlling a real helicopter.