Saturday, March 29, 2008

iPhone’s future is military use

Most of you probably heard that Nintendo Wii’s Wiimote is not just a console controller. According to a report, it can be used to operate military robots, manipulate ultrasound images and monitor movement deficiencies in people with Parkinson’s disease.

David Bruemmer and Douglas Few, from the US Department of Energy center in Idaho, have adapted a mine-clearing robot to be directed by the Wii controller. The reason they chose Wiimote is because using it was more intuitive, allowing them to concentrate on the data the robot gathered, compared to traditional controllers which took too much time to learn and control.


However, scientists are not stopping with the Wiimote. According to a report published in the New Scientist, they now plan to prepare the iPhone for military use and probably ship it off somewhere hot half a world away.

They say it could replace the laptops carried by soldiers and used to receive data from the robots. That’s some great future for a little device. And possibly a lucrative military contract for Apple.

Thanks: NewScientist

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