[Lab] BlinkRC receiver board

Paul & Andrea Mumby themumbys at gmail.com
Fri Mar 18 14:52:37 EDT 2011

That thing looks pretty slick... Now I wonder if you can reflash the
firmware on the micro with something more useful? Or if there is a way to
tap into serial or i2c communication using their open protocol?

3 servo outputs, and 2 analog ins is kind of limiting. (I was thinking
quadrocopter UAV design, or robotics controller for roaming robot). If you
can tap serial or i2c comms, you could use this thing in conjunction with
another micro to do the heavy lifting from an interface and control

- Paul

On Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 11:41 AM, <eric.schmidt at rogers.com> wrote:

> Hi Folks;
> Forgive me the somewhat pointless post, which can only be filed under:
> "This looks really cool"
> A recent Maker Shed store email had this piece of kit advertised:
> <start>
> Weighing in at around 4 ounces, and only the size of a pack of gum is the
> WiFi enabled BlinkRC receiver. This tiny little circuit board, stuffed to
> brim with components, allows anyone to easily swap out a standard R/C car,
> boat, or airplane receiver and convert it to communicate on an available
> WiFi network. Why go WiFi? Simple, it allows you to control your R/C car
> with your iPhone or Android smartphone. Just plug it in, replacing your
> stock receiver, download the free application, and you’re off!
> For the more adventurous, try creating an application on your computer that
> takes advantage of the open messaging protocol and the BlinkRC’s (3) output
> channels and (2) analog input channels. Now you can control a variety of
> different servo’s and sensors from almost anywhere that you have WiFi or
> Internet access.
> <end>
> Link to the ad:
> http://www.makershed.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MKBG01&Click=78713&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Maker+Shed+Mar+17+2011&utm_content=Maker+Shed+Mar+17+2011+CID_d585e44e51bd06472e9996801654ec49&utm_source=Email+Campaign
> At $124 it's not super cheap, but, man, I'd love to make something cool
> from that...
> cheers,
> Eric S.
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