NASA’s Smart Camera

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    NASA is developing a smart camera that would enable future rovers to autonomously decide whether to study an area or move on.

    A team of scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is developing a new camera system for future exploration rovers to not only take pictures of alien rocks but to also think about what the images mean.  Currently there is a bottleneck of sorts on information coming back to Earth from the Rover Curiosity.  Scientists at NASA are hoping to install a camera on future rovers that can make decisions on its own—for instance, it could take a picture of a rock, analyze it, and decide if it should keep digging in that area or move on. Now that’ s smart camera.  Right now there is a delay in communication between rovers on Mars and scientists telling the rover what to do as the signal transmits through space.  This delay makes exploration further into the solar system more difficult, but NASA hopes this new camera will help speedthings along.