NASA robot’s eyes, ears? Digi International



By Steve Alexander, Star Tribune

Digi International Inc. has a new piece of business providing the eyes and ears of the world’s first walking robot astronaut.  Robonaut, as NASA calls him, was sent to the International Space Station two years ago for certain maintenance tasks, such as polishing the railings and testing air circulation.

An upgrade coming soon will give the robot legs to move about the space station, and NASA hired Digi to provide the main circuitry for the change.

The Digi circuit board’s processor chip will run Robonaut’s five camera “eyes,” and the board’s Wi-Fi antenna will allow him to “hear” computer commands that tell him what to do next.”

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