Didn't people 'back in the day', ever try 'Object-Tracking'( combined with RC ), via their retrocomputers, as 'Home-Projects'
( I'm referring to a time range from say 1975 to 1985 )
( Also, if there have been any modern attempts by using 'only' equipment available back then, then they should also qualify )
I am referring to the following scenario( although some variation is OK ) :
Your retrocomputer controls an RC-car, but because of wheel-slippage, the postion of the car on the computers map, does not match the position of the car on the actual floor-area meant to represent the computer's map .
So, you would want to construct radio-signal-direction-detectors, or audio-signal-direction-detectors, or light-signal-direction-detectors, and have a signal-emitter on the RC-car, and then use 'triangulation' to determine the position of the car, or, use any other method to determine the actual position of the car on the floor .
( obviously, this would allow you to point to any position on the computer's map where you would like the car to be, and the computer would be able to guide the car to that exact position, via steering and speed adjustments, just like in simple video-games where you played against an AI )
I have never found any evidence that anyone ever tried this 'back in the day' as a 'Home-Project', and yet you'd think that for many people it would have been a main reason for buying a computer back then
So my question is, does anyone know of any attempted 'Home-Projects' fitting this description 'back in the day', although, if there have been any modern attempts by using 'only' equipment available back then, then they should also qualify .
( I can see that this question will not be allowed as it is too general etc, can any skilled moderator find an acceptable way of editing it to make it an allowed question )