GIRC is my program to operate a remote-control vehicle via computer with a graphical user interface. The program is written in Processing and an Arduino is used for the hardware interface.
Here’s a screen capture with the path being drawn by clicking on the squares of the virtual keypad in the lower left corner:
Once drawn, paths can be saved to files and replayed. Map images can be loaded, so that paths can be traced over them, like so:
Here’s the hardware interface with the USB cable going to the computer and the actual RC keypad ‘hacked’ by simply soldering connections next to the control buttons:
Here’s a video of how the system works:
I also have videos of its operation on the floor, but suffice to say, the accuracy for a toy like this isn’t very good. I’m planning to buy an Arduino-compatible robotics platform and see what I can do with that.