Friday, 28 January 2011

Android Phone Home?

Tsam came downstairs with us today whilst we cooked dinner for a run around (and a little time off from swearing at Pete) when the little sod decided it would be a good idea to crawl under the kitchen sideboards. The cupboard that goes RIGHT the way back to the back of the house and hasn't been boarded under yet.

Tsam under kitchen cupboards: 30 minutes.

His Lordship trying to lure him out with worms and treats: 20 minutes.

His Owner using a long handled mop to remove dragon: 2 minutes.

A quick twist and flip of the squeegee mop and a bright torch beam from my nice new phone, and that lizard grumped his way out from the cupboard!

Talking of my new phone, the Android is going into SPACE! According to the BBC, the Android based phone will be used to control a 30cm-long satellite and take pictures of the Earth in the mission later this year. The satellite will have advanced guidance, navigation and control systems including miniature reaction wheels, and a GPS receiver, as well as innovative pulse plasma thrusters to propel it through space!

"We're not taking it (the phone) apart; we're not gutting it; we're not taking out the printed circuit boards and re-soldering them into our satellite - we're flying it as is," Mr Kenyon explained. "And, in fact, we're going to have another camera on the satellite so we can take a picture of the phone - because we want to operate the screen and have some good images of that as well!"

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