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1  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: New GSM Project Brainstorm on: March 20, 2013, 01:41:49 pm
Ok great this is a good start. Here is some clarification which will hopefully narrow the focus.

I would like the controlling device to be a phone.

I was planning on sending text messages to the robot to control it.

The distance can be literally anything. From across the room to across an ocean.

I don't absolutely need the live streaming audio feedback, but it's a nice to have.  Same goes for the temp and humidity sensors actually.  But if possible I'd like the ability to sense a few things and transmit the audio, values, or text messages back to the controlling phone.

2  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: New GSM Project Brainstorm on: March 19, 2013, 01:40:39 pm
I just thought of some follow up questions:
7.  Will I need anything special to program the microcomtroller and write the code. I have a Vista PC.
8.  Will the GSM module work for both Android and Apple phones?
9.  Will it work with Verizon, AT&T, and other carriers around the world?

Thanks again,
3  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / New GSM Project Brainstorm on: March 19, 2013, 01:27:40 pm
I'm new to the Arduino community and electronics in general. As a mechanical engineer my involvement with electronics has been limited and usually focused more on packaging than design.  However I've always had a fascination with electronics and have a few ideas I'd like to play with.

One of these is a robot controlled by a cell phone. Searching the net I cobbled together enough knowledge to be dangerous.  The robot will have a small DC motor for movement, a microphone to listen, and a temperature sensor, and maybe a humidity sensor.  It will be powered by as small a battery as possible.   My basic question?  Is this possible?

The modem receives signals from a mobile cell phone and sends signals to the Arduino micro controller. I'd like to use the Nano if possible. The microcontoller then sends power to the DC motor and while also receiving signals from the various sensors and microphone and transmits them back to the cell phone in real time.

1.  What is the smallest GSM module that will allow me to do this?  I was looking at the Sierra Wireless Airprime WS6318.
2.  Can I also have GPS feedback?
3.  I have no programming experience other then Fortran many years ago. How hard is it to learn the Arduino system and programming?
4.  I'll need a SIM card as well right?  That essentially makes the system it's own phone and would require a cell phone plan correct?  Is there any way around this?  What if I limit use to around WIFI networks. Can I control the robot that way instead to avoid cell phone charges?
5.  Will the feedback sensors/microphone work as I intend and will there be a delay?
6.  What size battery will I need and how long will it last?  I know this is dependant on motor usage etc., but I'd like to get a ballpark.

Thank you very much in advance for your time,
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