The creator explains: "No jailbreaking. No WiFi. Stock receivers. I fly model airplanes and helicopters with my iPhone. I use an off-the-shelf 2.4GHz module and a custom iPhone app. The app is now in beta testing.

I use the phone's headphone jack to communicate with the Spektrum module. I make no modifications to the module or the receivers. This application does not use WiFi, Internet, external servers or microcontrollers."

(via MakeZine)

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Comment by Earl on April 18, 2010 at 7:18pm
Please, where to get app !!!
Even beta.
Comment by Chris Johnson on April 18, 2010 at 8:23pm

(last five seconds of the movie has the email for beta testing signup)

Comment by John Arne Birkeland on April 19, 2010 at 4:16am
I must confess that beyond the wow factor, I do not see the reason for using the iPod tilt compared to regular sticks. Maybe is is just the early implementations I have seen demonstrated so far. But it seems like a step backwards in regard to responsiveness and fine control of the aircraft.
Comment by Angus Peart on April 19, 2010 at 4:47am
If it used just the iPhone, I would say "Wow!", but requiring to have that huge box on the outside, or more to the point, any external hardware, pretty much defeats the purpose in my opinion.
You might as well make a proper completely integrated tilt controller with a touchscreen.

Comment by Alex on April 19, 2010 at 5:10am
lol if it only used iphone i would say more than WOW cuz the guy magically allowed iphone to output r/c 2.4ghz :P but i tend to agree with Johns comment that it would be better to just use a normal radio with 2 joysticks in terms of control, because the throttle control seemed abit annoying, but still this is just beta version so lets see what happens, its still a cool idea
Comment by Mike Machado on April 19, 2010 at 2:30pm
Can you share any links on the details of interfacing to the DSM2 module?
Comment by Xander on April 19, 2010 at 4:25pm
Interesting method. I wonder how accurate this can get running through the audio port though. I mean it's not designed for this sort of thing...

Comment by John Arne Birkeland on April 20, 2010 at 4:19am
Xander: That is a good point. At the highest normally available sample rate (48khz), and asumming the audio DAC is capable of generating clean square pulses. There will only be 48 available steps in a millisecond.
Comment by Ari Krupnik on April 21, 2010 at 11:45pm
Thank you guys for your feedback.

More information on the project and instructions for beta testers now appear at

iPhone ships with 44.1kHz audio, so the resolution is even lower than John says. The pulses aren't entirely square--the signal oscillates a little around the edges. It makes a pretty picture on the scope.

The DSM2 module emulates 72MHz Futaba modules. It takes regular "pulse high" PPM in. It has an internal pullup on the PPM line. It uses a 3.3V regulator inside, so anything from 4-cell NiCad and up can power it.
Comment by Ron Jacobs on May 26, 2010 at 9:09pm
I say cool. Does it work with a iPod touch?


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