The following video shows a prototype interface for an iRobot Packbot running natively on an Apple iPhone. This is NOT a web app and was developed by Rodrigo Gutirrez and Jeff Craighead at the University of South Florida.

You may recall last year’s comments by Dr. Goodman, VP and CEO of the University of South Florida, who said: "The iPhone is nothing short of a revolution. Without question, Apple has made a revolutionary breakthrough and delivered the first truly convergent device."

The doctor continued to say: "It’s the first device to show the power of convergence in technology. In a world where we’re multi-tasking, the iPhone will lead to different skill levels and usher in a new way for people to work and learn. Having instant access to information means you can focus on applying knowledge instead of gathering it. "

Goodman believes the iPhone will revolutionize classroom teaching. 

"This device will rock your world," he recently told a group of local school administrators. “Because your students will be armed with iPhones, they’ll have information at their fingertips. That means less need for lectures, and more focus on applied knowledge.” 

Before he purchased his iPhone in June, Goodman used a BlackBerry. 

“Now I can’t even pick it up,” he says. “It’s like to talking into a rock. That’s the leap in convergence iPhone has made. BlackBerry was a leap. Now iPhone takes it ten times further. The multiple dimensions offer richness in terms of experience. It’s like juggling. The iPhone lets you keep more balls moving in the air.” 

Goodman believes the power of convergence is just being recognized. 

“We’re at the bleeding edge,” he says. “The focus is on applying technology, using the power of the device to make decisions. The iPhone is just one product that represents convergence. That is the revolution.” 


 

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