Native iPhone Application Allows for Full Control of iRobot’s Packbot Over Wi-Fi Connection
You probably won’t end up using this, but it’s cool nonetheless. A pair of developers from the University of South Florida has created a native iPhone application capable of operating iRobot’s Packbot unit (a.k.a., one of the robots the military is using for surveillance/urban intelligence gathering operations in Iraq and Afghanistan). The application provides full streaming Point Of View view capable of syncing with the Packbot over a Wi-Fi network.
Other bells and whistles within the program include full use of the iPhone’s accelerometers to allow panning and zooming while touchscreen controls help manage the Packbot’s movements.
Apparently these students from South Florida aren’t the only ones working on iPhone Packbot controls, as the US Department of Energy’s Idaho National Lab has been said to be doing similar research.