Hyperion is a solar powered robot developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University that is helping NASA simulate space exploration over extended periods of time. The robot's tasks include determining its position and orientation to the sun, navigating itself into position for capturing enough sunlight to power itself, and conducting scientific experiments. On Devon Island in the Canadian Arctic, the robot will maintain a sun-synchronous position. The concept is important to long-term space exploration of distant planets and moons. For more information, go to www.frc.ri.cmu.edu/sunsync.
One of the biggest walls in embedded software development is the integration of low-level drivers with higher-level middleware and application code, but silicon vendors are stepping up to bring it down.
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