Watch what the Nexus S smartphone can do in space
Sunday 04 September 2011
Smartphones are set to take on the next space frontier, becoming the brains behind the robots.
Google sent two Samsung-made Nexus S smartphones into space on the last manned space shuttle, Atlantis, to see how the devices would fare in zero gravity.
The goal of the smartphone mission was to use the "Nexus S on the International Space Station to explore how robots can help humans experiment and live in space more efficiently."
"The phones help the robotic satellites perform tasks the astronauts used to do, like recording sensor data and capturing video footage. In the future, the phones will control and maneuver the SPHEREs [satellites] using the IOIO board and possibly the Android Open Accessory Development Kit (ADK)," said Google.
The Nexus S smartphones were not the only handsets to head up into space; the smartphones were joined by two iPhone 4s aboard the Space Shuttle Orbiter Atlantis.
Learn more about the project on NASA’s website and download the Android application NASA used to complete the experiments from the Android Market.
Watch the Nexus S controlling SPHEREs in space on this YouTube video.
Life & Style blogs
The best swim shorts for men: Bag yourself the perfect pair and make a splash this summer
High-oestrogen contraceptive pills could raise breast cancer risk by 50%, study suggests
The best swim shorts for men
Ebola virus: UK health officials issue warning to doctors as experts admit the outbreak 'is not under control'
National Orgasm Day: Don't get caught up on climaxing
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
- 1 Israel-Gaza conflict: 'When Genocide is Permissible' article removed from The Times of Israel website
- 2 Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness
- 3 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 4 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 5 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
- < Previous
- Next >
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A successful IT service provider that has bee...
£18000 - £25000 per annum + Commission: SThree: Computer Futures are currently...
£18000 - £27000 per annum + Commission: SThree: Sales - Trainee Recruitment Co...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: Progressive Recruitment are cu...