Smartphones were always expected to do smart things but it seems that Nokia has raised the bar by showing off something which would shake all the Smartphone Developers. Who would have though about controlling a car with a Smartphone?
At a DEMO given in Mumbai, Developers at Divum showed a glimpse of their next project with the Nokia N8. Using their newly developed App on the N8, makes it possible to control mini-model Cars through Internet connectivity from anywhere in the world. Just think about the future of real life Motion-sensor gaming now!
Nokia has started a new contest asking the consumers, “What they would like to control with their Nokia N8 device?” The Contest will end on 8th August 2011 and winners will be announced in September 2011. Drop your entries here.
It may sound pretty lame, as we have been playing around with Wireless Remote Controlled Cars since ages now. But, the distinguishing part is that the Controlling is possible over Internet and does not need any extra Hardware on the SmartPhone. (The Model Cars do have extra-hardware installed)
We had a chance to have a small chat with Mr. Sunil Kumar from Divum and we threw a few questions at him. He got to our notice that they are working on proper Cars and have been testing this App on real-life Cars and SUVs. They have also achieved success with it!
He showed a few videos where a Nokia N8 is used to Control an SUV and the Steering wheel of the SUV moves according to our movements with the N8.
He revealed that the cost of the hardware used in the model cars was about Rs. 30,000 while it goes to upto Rs. 70,000 for real life cars, if this technology has to be implemented!
I don’t think, an additional cost of Rs. 70, 000 for a Car would make a big difference if we get an ability to control it from anywhere on the Earth. What do you think?