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Found footage: Using an iPhone to control reconnaissance aircraft

Robert Palmer
06.18.08
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The clever folks at UC Berkeley have developed a system to issue commands to unmanned aerial vehicles using a device we all know and love: the iPhone.

While the iPhone is specifically restricted from piloting the drones themselves, the team uses Mobile Safari on the iPhone to enter coordinates and select tasks for its airborne fleet. A web server then relays the tasks to the aircraft mid-flight.

The video shows, in real time, an exercise where a remote-controlled airplane is instructed to photograph a particular area underneath it. The photo is then transmitted wirelessly back to a workstation at ground control.

While not quite James Bond-level technology yet, it's certainly an extreme study in using the iPhone as a remote control.

[Via Hack a Day.]

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