Computers & Mobile Robotics
NASA’s Smartphone-Powered SPHERES Robots

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.

16 thoughts on “NASA’s Smartphone-Powered SPHERES Robots

  1. 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. 

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