Software programmer and technology enthusiast Nick Fryer has updated us with his progress towards making a computer-controlled wheelchair. In this update he has completed the Java software running on a PC which will control the chair, and also the wireless Arduino-controlled circuitry that interfaces with the chair's joystick controller. The project is a success and an interesting version of large scale computer-controlled robotics.
This is a pretty cool project, in that Nick has succeeded in interfacing a computer and Arduino board with something that was most definitely not designed to be hacked into. Click here to visit his project blog for more information. Kudos to Nick and we look forward to his updates. And we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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