1. limh5's Avatar


    The PlayBook Moon Rover (Code Name: BlackBerry Invincible) is the first space vehicle powered by a smartphone operating system. It includes a BlackBerry PlayBook running the QNX Tablet OS. The rover, including the modified BlackBerry PlayBook, are designed to withstand the temperature range of -250C to 250C, which is experienced on the moon. This video is an introduction and a simple illustration intended for the average person of all ages. More detailed videos demonstrating the scientific and commercial abilities of the rover will be uploaded in the coming days.




    Enjoy,


    Michael
    PlayBook Moon Landing Team

    P.S. Video was exported straight from CAD software.
    Last edited by limh5; 12-21-11 at 12:43 AM. Reason: P.S. Video was exported straight from CAD software.
    12-20-11 06:20 PM
  2. _StephenBB81's Avatar
    Awesome!

    Thank you for Bringing that to the forums!
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    12-20-11 06:27 PM
  3. Lead_Express's Avatar
    because running nuclear reactors wasn't enough...
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    12-20-11 06:38 PM
  4. Michelle Haag's Avatar
    Awesome Michael, we're always happy to see your progress.
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    12-20-11 06:44 PM
  5. youknwwho's Avatar
    When the rover landed on the moon, it'll be the same for the nation of CB as it is for the US when the Apollo mission landed
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    12-20-11 08:10 PM
  6. wayoung's Avatar
    When the rover landed on the moon, it'll be the same for the nation of CB as it is for the US when the Apollo mission landed
    ROFLMAO

    No. No it won't. A cool thing, yes, but to put it on that level - lol.
    12-20-11 08:16 PM
  7. FMB8900's Avatar
    This is going to be so sweet!!
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    12-20-11 08:17 PM
  8. anthogag's Avatar


    The PlayBook Moon Rover (Code Name: BlackBerry Invincible) is the first space vehicle powered by a smartphone operating system. It includes a BlackBerry PlayBook running the QNX Tablet OS. The rover, including the modified BlackBerry PlayBook, are designed to withstand the temperature range of -250C to 250C, which is experienced on the moon. This video is an introduction and a simple illustration intended for the average person of all ages. More detailed videos demonstrating the scientific and commercial abilities of the rover will be uploaded in the coming days.




    Enjoy,


    Michael
    PlayBook Moon Landing Team



    Could you give a short explanation about why QNX is good for this kind of application
    12-21-11 12:34 AM
  9. limh5's Avatar
    Could you give a short explanation about why QNX is good for this kind of application
    Simply put, QNX is the best software for space exploration. It's because it's a RTOS (real-time OS) and its microkernel architecture (leading to strong multi-tasking and self-healing properties). In fact, it's been mentioned in this forum that Mars rovers Opportunity and Spirit both run on QNX. One of them is still roaming Mars today (exceeded mission requirements by over 1,000% I believe in terms of hours operated and distance traveled).

    My colleague at Neptec (an engineering design firm in Ottawa) is designing a rover that runs on Linux. While another OS like Linux might be adequate for the moon, the additional distance and demanding conditions on Mars would be too much for it to handle (sandstorms, etc). And if a space agency like NASA is going beyond Mars, QNX is literally the only option they have. While we're only sending it to the moon, we decided to use the best option available.

    P.S. The robotic arms Canadarm and Canadarm 2 (currently on the ISS) are both powered by QNX.

    Some info from the QNX website: QNX Neutrino RTOS
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    12-21-11 12:58 AM
  10. Caymancroc's Avatar
    One small rover for man, one giant soft reset for mankind.

    I heard the Playbook was going to send an email from the moon, but there was no native email client.

    Now the martians can finally ***** about not having Netflix and OS 2.0 delays!

    Was this Playbook one of the original ones they paid $499 for, or were you guys able to save a few bucks and score one for $199? I figure you will need all the money you can get if you need gas money for going to the moon.
    Last edited by Caymancroc; 12-21-11 at 01:04 AM.
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    12-21-11 01:00 AM
  11. JR A's Avatar
    One small rover for man, one giant soft reset for mankind.

    I heard the Playbook was going to send an email from the moon, but there was no native email client.

    Now the martians can finally ***** about not having Netflix and OS 2.0 delays!

    Was this Playbook one of the original ones they paid $499 for, or were you guys able to save a few bucks and score one for $199? I figure you will need all the money you can get if you need gas money for going to the moon.

    NASA was also pissed after they discovered the PB 2.0 won't have native BBM, but it wouldn't make a difference since the onboard LED won't notify them anyway...

    In addition to that, NASA just announced a delay on the launch date stating that both Best Buy and Shop Blackberry have cancelled NASA's orders. Don't worry, WalMart and Offce Depot will be selling the PBs needed, for about 12 minutes before they sell out, again...







    (P.S. I LOVE my PlayBook, especially paired with my 9930 )
    12-21-11 05:32 AM
  12. _StephenBB81's Avatar
    Simply put, QNX is the best software for space exploration. It's because it's a RTOS (real-time OS) and its microkernel architecture (leading to strong multi-tasking and self-healing properties). In fact, it's been mentioned in this forum that Mars rovers Opportunity and Spirit both run on QNX. One of them is still roaming Mars today (exceeded mission requirements by over 1,000% I believe in terms of hours operated and distance traveled).

    My colleague at Neptec (an engineering design firm in Ottawa) is designing a rover that runs on Linux. While another OS like Linux might be adequate for the moon, the additional distance and demanding conditions on Mars would be too much for it to handle (sandstorms, etc). And if a space agency like NASA is going beyond Mars, QNX is literally the only option they have. While we're only sending it to the moon, we decided to use the best option available.

    P.S. The robotic arms Canadarm and Canadarm 2 (currently on the ISS) are both powered by QNX.

    Some info from the QNX website: QNX Neutrino RTOS
    great reply

    and I was not aware the Canadarm was Powered by QNX,
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    12-21-11 08:55 AM
  13. DocDRM's Avatar
    now where did i put that thread about how to advertise the BB/PB/BB10 . . .
    12-21-11 10:32 AM
  14. houshinto#IM's Avatar
    The Blackberry Invincible may need a Blackberry screen wiper to move away the moon dust that will collect on the screen no doubt.

    If this became a reality, launched onto the moon, and positioned right, I'd love to read off the screen via my Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope
    12-21-11 10:55 AM
  15. Superfly_FR's Avatar
    Wow, nice job !
    Hope you let the videochat available
    12-21-11 11:08 AM
  16. BigBadWulf's Avatar
    Hmmmmmmmmm, I wonder if we can get Joe "on board".

    http://forums.crackberry.com/off-top...-space-677011/
    12-21-11 01:14 PM
  17. anthogag's Avatar
    One small rover for man, one giant soft reset for mankind.

    I heard the Playbook was going to send an email from the moon, but there was no native email client.

    Now the martians can finally ***** about not having Netflix and OS 2.0 delays!

    Was this Playbook one of the original ones they paid $499 for, or were you guys able to save a few bucks and score one for $199? I figure you will need all the money you can get if you need gas money for going to the moon.

    Don't you know...astronauts have BB phones...you can only use bridge on the moon
    12-21-11 02:41 PM
  18. Rootbrian's Avatar
    It's invinciple that it can survive outerspace and being eaten alive by a dinosour, bear, fish and also, being mauled by fighting businesses! XD

    I love the name
    I just love humor!
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    12-22-11 02:47 AM
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