SINGAPORE--A locally-developed tablet-like wireless computer is set to visit cyberspace from outer space.
The DelphiPad is being used in a study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), to explore the potential for wireless Internet in spacecraft, and also in space, outside the craft.
The project is being carried out in the Canadian high Arctic, which has extreme cold and dry conditions that resemble those on Mars.
The 1.3kg DelphiPad, which is 29.5cm by 19.5cm, and 3.5cm thick, was developed by the Center for Wireless Communications (CWC), which is part of the National University of Singapore, and Ericsson Cyberlab Singapore.
DelphiPad is equipped with a microphone, speaker, and compact flash-card slot. It runs on a Linux operating system, The Straits Times reported.
The CWC is working with PolyLAB of Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, as part of a PolyLAB project with NASA.