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Google Gives Insight Into Nexus S’ Role on Final Space Shuttle Mission [Video]

Wondering what those two Nexus S units were doing aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis on the final mission for NASA’s human-manned program? Google gathered up the souls who wanted to employ the Nexus S for the mission (and future uses) and had them talk about why they chose the Nexus S and what they’d use it for.

NASA is using Nexus S phones to upgrade a trio of volleyball-sized SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites), originally developed by MIT. The phones help the robotic satellites perform tasks the astronauts used to do, like recording sensor data and capturing video footage. In the future, the phones will control and maneuver the SPHERES using the IOIO board and possibly the Android Open Accessory Development Kit (ADK).

So it looks like Google’s Open Accessory move is aiming to improve lives for more than just consumers and hobbyists. One can only imagine what they’ll be able to do with the Nexus Prime when it comes out. Anywyay, the video’s above if you were curious yourself. [Google]

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  • RitishOemraw

    The nexus s who went up in space and came down a transformer…..nexus (optimus) PRIME

    • http://twitter.com/Aleis Jayrock

      28 LIKES!! lol

    • Mattclegg88

      !!!!

  • schitzengigles10

    Win

  • Anthony Maciel

    Last human mission from NASA? Hardly. Last space shuttle mission? Yes. Completely different things, as NASA is focusing their efforts on missions to efforts beyond low earth orbit, such as to the Moon and Mars, many of which will be fully manned missions.

    • z0phi3l

      Last NASA Human mission for the next few decades at the minimum

    • http://www.phandroid.com Quentyn Kennemer

      I didn’t say it would be the last human-manned program. I used that phrase to describe the Space Shuttle program itself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=587535414 Jacob Achee

    They’re using it to record video of the spheres? Too bad the Nexus S lacks 720p recording!

    • riffwaffle

      i think they have a better idea whats good and whats not,ty for your imput.

  • RitishOemraw

    bolding that commercial part only makes it more obvious that your an advertisement and no one will read comments like this. Now if you unbolded it, it would look more legit and people might actually fall for it. my 2cts…also, I flagged you for posting inappropriate crap