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Google smartphones become brains of hovering robots at ISS

Google smartphones become brains of hovering robots at ISS | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

NASA will employ Google smartphones with advanced 3D sensing and vision technology to control Star Wars-inspired small, round hovering robots on the International Space Station.

The phones, part of Google’s Project Tango, will be used for NASA’s Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES). The system may eventually assume chores from astronauts or potentially dangerous tasks outside the International Space Station (ISS).

The 5-inch handsets will accompany a cargo spacecraft scheduled for launch on July 11, according to Reuters.

Project Tango devices, first introduced by Google in February, use sensors to build visual maps of rooms using 3D scanning. Google believes the sensors, used in combination with advanced computer vision techniques, can revolutionize indoor navigation and gaming, among other opportunities.

NASA’s soccer-ball-sized SPHERES robots, guided by the Google handsets, will be used around the space station’s microgravity interior, moving an inch per second via small spurts of carbon dioxide.

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Interesting echo to a recent comment stating than a smartphone now has the computing power of an Apollo mission, or even for some, of the entire 1970 NASA...

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NASA to launch smartphone-powered nanosatellites

NASA to launch smartphone-powered nanosatellites | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
NASA is relying on a small team of engineers at its Ames Research Center in the Bay Area’s Moffett Field to develop three nanosatellites powered by Android smartphones.

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The Moon Now Has a Better Internet Connection Than The US Average

The Moon Now Has a Better Internet Connection Than The US Average | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Called the Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) and constructed by a joint team of NASA and MIT engineers, the set-up consists of four laser transmitters at a ground terminal in New Mexico, which send coded infrared light pulses though four different telescopes and up to a lunar satellite384,633 kilometers out into the depths of space. As a result, we now have a data uplink with the Moon that reaches up to 19.44 Mbps. If you live in the United States, that’s about two and a half times more powerful than your standard 7.4 Mbps.

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Well, currently enjoying 50 Mb/s upping and 280 Mb/s downlink. And my ping time is certainly better than the minimal 2,56 seconds. Yet I live closer to the US and in a much more dense area ...

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