BatBerry Car Progress After One Year- Interview With Tim Neil

BatBerry was last mentioned over a year ago. Since then lots has happened. But for those who don’t know what it is, BatBerry is a car that is a replica of THE Batmobile which will be powered by the Playbook running custom apps. If you don’t know what the Batmobile is, you are living under a rock. Anyway, Paul Leroux, who works for QNX did an interview with Tim Neil of RIM who is working on the BatBerry project.

hit the break for part of the interview and the BatBerry’s gun replication video

Tim, could you give us a quick overview of the BatBerry project?
The BatBerry combines my love of cars, Batman, and technology. I’ve always wanted to build this car and I’ve had a couple of unsuccessful attempts at creating a carputer. When RIM started creating a 7″ tablet, I knew the time was right to bring all of these interests together.

How did you get started on this project?
I started my research about 15 years ago, trying to determine how and where to get started. For instance, I needed to track down the shifter, which is a throttle quadrant from a WWII US Navy bomber.

By 2010, I had finished modifying my custom Subaru WRX, and I needed to get started on something new — working on cars is my way of escaping and relaxing. The time was right, and I got the green light from my wife. Luckily for me, she knew of my desire to build this car when we met and it didn’t scare her away. :-)

Reading your blog, I’m totally impressed by the scope of the BatBerry project — be it creating dashboard panels, writing control software, or building a retractable license plate. Do you do most of the work yourself?

Yes, I try to do as much of the work myself as possible. I leave important things that I don’t have experience in, like doing the frame stretch, to the professionals. I did the same thing building up my Subaru over the past 7 years: learning how to do body work, interior, stereo, engine modifications, etc. I like to learn things as I go and I’ve always had a knack for figuring out how things work. I always figure, what’s the worst thing that can happen? If screw up, I just have to try again.

Read the full interview to get some insight on the project.


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