iPhone being used to Control Unmaned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

I don’t think you will try out this app developed by a team of professors and students from the University of California, Berkeley which is being used to give instructions to unmaned aerial vehicles (UAVs) just like iPhone Lego NXT Robot, an iPhone app developed by Battlebricks to use the iPhone as a remote to control a Lego Mindstorms Rover.

But still you might want to checkout the YouTube video after the jump to see how they are using the iPhone.

The team of professors and students from the University of California, Berkeley apparently had been searching for ways to let a single human supervise a team of unmaned aerial vehicles (UAVs) since 2004. They finally decided to use the iPhone as Center for Collaborative Control of Unmanned Vehicles to send instructions to the UAVs.

The video was taken at this month’s Teaching & Technology conference. As you can see in the video below the University of California, Berkeley crew use the iPhone to pick tasks for its UAVs, input a set of coordinates for a local reconnaissance mission, and send the planes new orders while the aircraft are in the sky such as take pictures. The UAVs then send the pictures taken back to the groundstation computer which is monitoring the UAVs Mission and task. The collected pictures are then displayed using Google Maps GUI.

You can checkout the video clip below:

All this seems quite impressive, but Noah Shachtman over at Wired points out that according to the terms of the Apple Software Developer Kit agreement, "applications may not be designed or marketed for real-time route guidance; automatic or autonomous control of vehicles, aircraft, or other mechanical devices; dispatch or fleet management; or emergency or life-saving purposes." So this app might not be available in Apple’s AppStore anytime soon.

[via Wired]


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