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The smartphones NASA uses on missions to conduct experiments are the same smartphones that can be used to control your next hobby robotics project. Android robotics enthusiast, Tamlyn, used a IOIO board and a reclaimed RC tank chassis to create this Android powered robot tank. [via electricpig]

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  1. Gregg says:

    Video not available. And how recent was it that the space agency started following a trend for the smartphone idea? (Edit) Video now available. What happened before?

    1. A couple of years. Here’s a nasa.gov article that came out yesterday that will give you a better idea…¬†http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/spheres_smartphone.html

      1. Gregg says:

        Okay. I grok that I am indeed correctly understanding the reference in the article. However…. That should have been linked to it.

        Incidentally the remote globe that Luke spars with, is one typically used by individuals such as he to properly learn the way of the Force, and that of how to use the weapon of those individuals. It’s also used by Han to perfect his gunnery.

        1. Hindsight is 20/20. I just googled NASA+smartphones. It just so happend that someone posted that article the day before. I mentioned the NASA angle mostly to get people to realize that these gadgets they have in their pockets are also amazing little computers capable of doing more than making a phone call or playing a video game.

        2. Hindsight is 20/20. I just googled NASA+smartphones. It just so happend that someone posted that article the day before. I mentioned the NASA angle mostly to get people to realize that these gadgets they have in their pockets are also amazing little computers capable of doing more than making a phone call or playing a video game.

          1. Gregg says:

            Agreed. I’ve been trying to convince my local Linux community of that fact. And all I get are fuzzy stares. They just don’t believe it.

        3. Hindsight is 20/20. I just googled NASA+smartphones. It just so happend that someone posted that article the day before. I mentioned the NASA angle mostly to get people to realize that these gadgets they have in their pockets are also amazing little computers capable of doing more than making a phone call or playing a video game.

  2. I do recall that in an article in an earlier issue the folks at Moffet
    Field (Ames Research), near Google, were working with the phones for
    near space activities.

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