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Today we have a cool project coming to us from SparkFun customer Brad Nelson. Brad's daily driver is a bright red Kymco ZX50 scooter - not the most exciting of rides and not much to look at. So, like any good hacker, Brad said, "I can make this better." Here's what he did:
Brad calls his project "Bluition." Bluition is essentially a Bluetooth ignition device that allows him control his scooter ignition, starter, and seat latch from his Android phone using simple gestures, like shaking his phone.
Brad uses a program called Tasker, which communicates using a Python script and Bluetooth. Brad uses the RN-42 Bluetooth Module for wireless communication, a solenoid to pop the seat, MOSFET Control Boards, and some other various bits and bobs. One thing he didn't use - a dev board (no Arduino or otherwise!). Very cool work, Brad! Check out his webpage for more details and information on how to build your own!