Driving the Silverlit Ferrari 458 Italia with the RC API

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Description

Today's Mobile Monday is as much a Hardware Friday post as anything, but I already had a post for this coming Friday and I didn't want to push this out, so...yeah. Mobile Monday Project it is!

Jimmy Engström, in the sprit of a coding4fun dev, had a cool toy and wanted to write an app for his platforms of choice. Yet there wasn't an API or SDK for it. So he not only took the time to figure it out, he wrapped it up into his own API and best of all, released that API so all you can use it too!

RC API now available

Backstory

For Christmas 2 years ago my mother-in-law got me a Silverlit Bluetooth car.

Sadly it was a MFI device (Made for iPhone) and it seems to be more or less impossible to connect to an MFI-device without an iPhone (if someone has more info on this please let me know).

After talking to Silverlit, trying to convince them to share the protocol I got a Silverlit Ferrari 458 Italia (for android) and managed to figure out how the protocol worked.

RC API is an open source project on Codeplex which currently support controlling the Silverlit Ferrari 458 Italia from Windows 8.1 and Windows phone 8.

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Okay, yeah that's cool... want more? Like how to build a Windows Store and also a Windows Phone 8 app's with the RC API?

Using RC API on Windows 8.1

This is a short blog post on how to get RC API working on your Windows 8.1 Device.

Setup

Download RCAPI from Nuget

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Bluetooth

To be able to communicate thru Bluetooth you need to edit Package.appxmanifest

Add the following lines:

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Using RC API on Windows Phone

This is a short blog post on how to get RC API working on your Windows Phone Device.

Setup

Download RCAPI from Nuget

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Capabilities

To be able to communicate thru Bluetooth you need to enable ID_CAP_Proximity.

Open WMAppManifest.xml and make sure ID_CAP_Proximity is ticked.

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Pair with the device

Open Settings, Bluetooth and pair the phone with your device.

The Car

Instantiate the car

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As you've seen above, you can get the RC API in binary form via NuGet, http://www.nuget.org/packages/RCAPI/, or go directly, https://rcapi.codeplex.com/SourceControl/latest

The nice thing with the source is that two sample projects are available there already too!

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Remember this is open source and he's looking to all additional devices, so if you have a device your working on creating your own API for it, check this out!

The Discussion

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    Jules

    I had hoped that this read as Silverlight being made available on Android.

    But no :(

    Microsoft killed of Silverlight, like they killed with Bambi's mum.

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