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[DailyMail] Google Nexus S sent to outer atmosphere (60,000m) and still works!

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...th--works.html
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It's official - there are little green men in space. Disappointingly the aliens are not from another planet but were launched from Earth by Google to test the outer limits of their new Nexus S phone.

The tiny Android astronauts were strapped to seven payloads, which each contained one of the new mobiles. They were carried into Earth's outer atmosphere using weather balloons.(Captain) Zi Wang from Google Android said: 'We wanted an opportunity to collect some interesting data about the sensors in Nexus S - GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer.'

The phones were running a variety of apps. Google Maps for Mobile 5.0 (with offline map data) which allowed the team what was directly below the balloon, Google Sky Map to try and identify the real stars in the backdrop and Latitude to report location when the phones had a data connection.

Amazingly the Nexus S could withstand temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees celsius, while the GPS kept track of the phone up to 60,000ft and started working again on the balloon's descent.

The balloons reached heights of over 100,000ft and travelled at up to 139mph at the top of their flight. They were equipped with still and video cameras and footage published on Wednesday shows the moment when the helium-filled balloons popped and the plucky Android astronauts plummeted back to Earth
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Wow thats awesome that phones can actually do that now, i wonder if the iPhone can do that?
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I've seen this days before so I might be a repost
edit: sorry I've seen it on gizmodo, it's pretty cool for the android doll to sit there
Edited by Ubernoobie - 12/26/10 at 8:48am
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[CN] Google Launches Nexus S Phones Into Space To Test Hardware Sensors.


I think the two articles are talking about the same thing, not sure though. One thread per news item, not source,soooo.
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There's a video that an iPhone survives such an ordeal, thats how the family who released the weather balloon into the upper atmosphere was able to track it down the camera to relay the footage.


Sorry, I don't know how to get the embed to work

EDIT: Apparently you just put it as a URL.
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There's a video that an iPhone survives such an ordeal, thats how the family who released the weather balloon into the upper atmosphere was able to track it down the camera to relay the footage.

iPhone in almost space?

Sorry, I don't know how to get the embed to work

EDIT: Apparently you just put it as a URL.
Very interesting, thanks for posting.
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Sick.

So very sick.
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Will its sales reach the outer atmosphere?
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how does this test help me as a consumer?
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how does this test help me as a consumer?
In case you're extreme skydiving and your parachute doesn't work, so you can call your family.
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how does this test help me as a consumer?
It shows how tough the phone is? It also shows how reliable the radios are in the phone.
    
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