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NASA recently upgraded their Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) with Nexus S smartphones running Android. The upgrade add the intelligence and hardware needed for units to become remotely operated robots. [via NASA]

By connecting a smartphone, we can immediately make SPHERES more intelligent. With the smartphone, the SPHERES will have a built-in camera to take pictures and video, sensors to help conduct inspections, a powerful computing unit to make calculations, and a Wi-Fi connection that we will use to transfer data in real-time to the space station and mission control.

Adam Flaherty

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  • Anonymous

    A very practical low cost way to add  intelligence and connect to vast communications networks – a virtual potential “window/gateway to the world” for the SPHERES. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/ironleg Ronnie Hinton

  • http://www.facebook.com/guillaume.filion Guillaume Filion

    NASA TV always manages to take the most exciting subjects and make them boring… :(

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TYJUFVXRH2DWLTHSLBO2ENEEHQ Gregg

    Where’s our discussion on that article?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TYJUFVXRH2DWLTHSLBO2ENEEHQ Gregg

      Replying to myself, found it. Same idea different subject.

  • http://twitter.com/Ouroborus777 Ouroborus

    In other news: Unable to contact space station after SPHERES locate station’s repair and engineering facility.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1345825950 Aaron Conway

    would be cool if they would allow schools to control the SPHERES for some awesome science fun!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Keith-Baas/1062561007 Keith Baas

    Angry Birds in Spaaaaaaaaace!!