Nasa iPhone App

Want to control the Mars Rover? There’s an app for that. At EclipseCon, 2010 the annual Eclipse open source community meeting, attendees were given the challenge of creating a robotic control system to drive a NASA robot over a virtual Mars-like environment.

Peter Friese and Heiko Behrens decided to create an iPhone app which controls the robot around the fake Mars environment, utilizing the iPhone’s built-in accelerometer. For their ingenuity, they won a visit to the NASA robotics lab in L.A., a $500 dollar credit for Amazon Web Services, and a Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 robotics set. Sounds pretty awesome to me.

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Chris Gullo