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.