I do Academic and Windows Phone stuff at Microsoft Greece. Plus, I co-develop the First Words series for Windows Phone 7. Feel free to contact me on Twitter or Facebook
Today I became the lucky owner of a small missile launcher, a funny gadget that connects to you PC and lets you throw small missiles to your friends and colleagues.
This device comes with a software app that you can use to control it, but unfortunately it would not work on my Windows 7 x64 system. So, I began searching for a workaround and an “SDK”, and I found it here http://code.google.com/p/usb-missile-launcher/
I immediately downloaded it and after a small trick (compile the lib in x86, so the emulation would work) I got it to work. Suddenly, it bumped to me. Why wouldn’t I create a small Windows Phone 7 application to control the device?
So, it turned out to be pretty easy! I developed a Windows Forms application that exposes some web service operations that control the missile launcher. Then, I created a Silverlight app for Windows Phone 7 that consumes these services and … it was ready! A fun 60’ project :)
Enjoy the video, and download the source code at https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=10e568adbb498dc8#cid=10E568ADBB498DC8&id=10E568ADBB498DC8%211600
Nicly done! Are you going to make this available on the Marketplace? I have a couple of these missle launchers, and would love to be able to run them on Win7 x64 systems.
Sweet!!! Any chance you can build one for the version that has the built in CAM, and stream the video to the phone?
See here for example.
Hi, very nice little project :)
I did something similar a while back but just exposed the launcher as a wcf service for the rest of my office to play with :D I've got a cheap webcam mounted on mine, maybe you can figure out how to stream this to the phone?