DW Wheeler

DW Wheeler is a Research Engineer in the Intelligent Robotics Group at NASA Ames Research Center, where she has programmed robots that roll, walk, and fly. She also writes user interfaces for her robots and enjoys watching her work fly in space.

NASA’s Smart SPHERES robot teams up with Project Tango

The Tango smartphone will help SPHERES navigate space station modules.

I work in the Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG) at NASA Ames Research Center, and when we got the chance to collaborate with our next-door neighbor Google on their new Project Tango, we knew exactly what to do: we’re sending the Project Tango smartphone to the International Space Station, where it will set our robots free.

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Smart SPHERES with a space-ready Project Tango phone. Photo courtesy of NASA.

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