Thursday, December 22, 2011

Remote-Controlled Ball Holds Potential Delights - State of the Art - NYTimes.com

Sign of the times, and unrelated to Bouncing Data Would Speed Up Data Centers

You stand in one place, tapping controls on the screen of your Android phone, iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. The self-propelled, baseball-size sphere rolls around in the specified direction. You can’t stop yourself from trying to guess how that’s even possible.

There’s a lot of advanced miniature technology inside: a tilt sensor, compass, gyroscope and a little motor with wheels that makes the thing roll.

Remote-Controlled Ball Holds Potential Delights - State of the Art - NYTimes.com

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