So this week we got a car delivered to us for review. Unfortunately it wasn’t a full-sized motor but BeeWi’s Bluetooth Controlled Mini Cooper. This great looking mini car is controlled via a free mobile app which can be downloaded on most smartphones and tablets including iOS and Android. Your device connects with the car using Bluetooth 2.1.
The car itself uses 3 AA batteries placed in a compartment found under the car, but seeing as your phone is the remote there is no external control that needs more batteries. Once the batteries are in place you can then go ahead an download the companion app. I’m using the iPhone 5 so downloaded it from App Store and got it installed. Next you’ll want to pair your device with the car so you’ll need to activate the switch next to the battery compartment to give the little Mini power. The car should then be visible within your devices Bluetooth settings and be able to pair. The set-up process is extremely simple and has to be completed only once.
The apps interface is very simple and easy to use and consists of a steering wheel and also pedal. The wheel is obviously used to steer the car in a certain direction, while the pedal is for accelerating and reversing. Unfortunately the hardware performs a lot better than the software does and is actually quite buggy. On multiple occassions the connection between my iPhone and the Mini Cooper dropped and was only fixed by disabling Bluetooth and reconnecting – something which you don’t want to be doing to often with a product like this.
The app also has the functionality to use your devices motion sensors so you can tilt your phone or tablet to steer rather than pressing the on screen buttons. Although the body of the Mini Cooper Coupe S is made from plastic it’s actually quite strong and after we’d crashed into a couple walls whilst playing around there were no signs of this on the body.
The 3 AA batteries provide enough power to keep you entertained with this little gadget for a fair while. Minus the app disconnects, the car is great fun and works very well. You can check out both the iOS version and Android version over at BeeWi now, both of which are currently on sale on Maplin for £39.99. By clicking the link below you can also check out their wide variety of other gadgets on sale.Order from BeeWi