Yes, you're right, simple it would be. If you use a Basic Stamp, you even don't need experience for microcontroller coding ... cause it's simply Basic.Originally Posted by mbaratta
But it wouldn't be cheap anyway. Just a short calc:
1 x Basic Stamp: ~$50 (not the big one)
1 x Starter kit: ~$130 (just one needed)
1 x Mobile phone: ~$80 (2nd hand, cheap one)
1 x GPS mouse: ~$100
1 x "Mainboard": ~$40 (where you mount the Stamp on. ports, a power regulator, converters, plugs and stuff)
1 x Layout & PCB: ~$15
1 x Case: ~$10
This makes round about: $295 (without the Starter kit and without any kind of backup battery). I think, there are some solutions out there you can get for less but at least for the same price without doing any soldering / assembling.
Beside, don't forget that your GPS mouse / antenna has to be mounted somewhere on your cars roof (at least where it can be "seen" from the satellites) and GPS signals are not very powerful. This makes it a kind of vulnerable. You just have the rip of the GPS or cover it into something that keeps the satellite signals from the receiver.
However, I like the name you gave it: PhoneControl Jr.