Android-powered robot tank built by London developer

Web developer Tamlyn from London has built an Android phone controlled RC tank. After leaving only the tracks, drive motors, gears, battery and on-off swtich, an Android phone and IOIO board were added to drive the tank remotely. Now that’s cool!


Using Tamlyn’s own application, the tank can receive steering and movement commands via any web browser. The Android device is running a basic HTTP server with a web page listening for commands. These are received and then sent to the tank via USB to the IOIO board. The response time over 3G hasn’t been tested yet, but he has the current response times over WiFi down to about 30ms which he deems fast enough.

It’s also worth noting that Tamlyn stated that, with help, writing for Android was easy.

“This is my first Android project but thankfully the Android SDK and documentation are outstanding. With the help of a few tutorials I went from Hello World to a simple app that accepted HTTP connections in just a few hours.”

While he isn’t sure what this robot tank will ultimately do, it’s sure worth thinking about possibly of the camera being live. This could lead to some really cool applications besides checking on and scaring your cat or dog while at work. Be sure to check this cool creation out in the video and let us know what you think in the comments.  Hit the break for another screen shot and the video demo.  

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About the Author: Harold Williams

Harold was born and raised in Whitehall, NY (supposedly the birthplace of the US Navy). His first real smartphone experience belonged to Nokia and Symbian. Following came years of being a happy BlackBerry follower with a brief moment on Windows Mobile. Once a Droid X landed in his hands, he was forever converted to the dark side of the force. Memories of a Star Tac filled his head with happiness and once again joining Motorola in a new revolution. When not playing guitar he's following the tech world via Twitter and the mobile web trying to fill his need to have and know about the latest and greatest tech. Being grateful for all the free tools Google has provided, he is now sold on Google for life. In the real world he is filling his dorky needs as a project manager for a medical technology company.


  • James Chou

    I hope they field test it in London