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iPhone App Developed To Control NASA Robot 26

andylim writes "At EclipseCon 2010 attendees were challenged to create a robotic control system to drive a NASA-provided robot across a prototypical Mars landscape. To win the EclipseCon e4-rover Mars challenge, developers could either prove their e4 programming skills by creating the best e4-Rover client, or use an e4 client to operate the Rover through a series of tasks to collect points. Software architects Peter Friese and Heiko Behrens built an iPhone client for the EclipseCon challenge which controls the robot around NASA's Mars landscape using the iPhone's accelerometer."
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iPhone App Developed To Control NASA Robot

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  • It'll be the most interesting use of the iPhone to ever get rejected by iTunes.
    • This guy says he is on Mars.

      Ask him which channel he is on.

    • Why rejected? I mean, you can already control vans. []

  • Cool (Score:5, Funny)

    by MrTripps ( 1306469 ) on Friday March 26, 2010 @09:59AM (#31625506)
    Good work, but you know Apple won't let it into the App Store until Jobs comes up with Apples own iBot rover. It will look really cool, cost a lot of money, and still won't run Flash.
  • That's what I first saw in the headline. Say 'yay' to reflowable text.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    More free slashvertising for Apple! Thanks /.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anarki2004 ( 1652007 )
      So every article that pertains to Apple is automatically an advertisement? I know there are indeed a lot of Apple articles on here, but slashdot is "news for nerds". Most of us like to hear about this kind of thing. If you visit a tech website, odds are you are going to read about some brand names in the news here and there. Does that really constitute an advertisement?
    • The story is about using a consumer device to control robots. If you can't appreciate the coolness of that, then you need to turn in your geek card.
      • But this is a story about using an Apple consumer device to control robots. That makes it doubleplus uncool here in ./land.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 26, 2010 @10:06AM (#31625590)

    Android would seem more appropriate for such an app. Just sayin'.

    • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      I, Phone.

  • I think it's a nice idea, especially given the iPhone's history with natural water vapor voiding the warranty. While it won't do much for the iPhone itself, it'll be nice to know the bundled iRover will keep its warranty until it finds a body of liquid water.
  • "Okay, Jim... Be VERY careful edging up to that cliff drop. We need precision control... Don't go too far..."



    *Vrooooom! -KEE-RASH-*

    "You know... It was bad enough when you bumped my arm when I was playing Super Monkey Balls..."

    (* I'd love to see a robotic Mars rover that could go vrooom)

  • Hi, I am one of the creators of the iPhone Mars Rover app. You can read the whole story at [] Peter

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