Samsung NX Rover is a camera bot you can control remotely

This remotely controlled rover lets you play photographer from the comfort of your computer chair.

This remotely controlled rover lets you play photographer from the comfort of your computer chair.

Number five is alive. (Credit: Samsung)

Taking clear inspiration from the NASA Mars Exploration Rover, marketing agency Cheil UK put together the NX Rover. Housing the Galaxy NX camera in its arm, the bot is controlled remotely using a web browser, allowing you to take photos from anywhere — no physical proximity to the rover required.

Samsung's Galaxy NX is the company's Android-based interchangeable lens camera that has a 20.3-megapixel APS-C sensor. It runs a 1.6GHz quad-core Pega-Q processor that keeps Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean ticking along. The 4.8-inch touchscreen provides all the same functionality that comes from an Android smartphone, with the camera equipped with Wi-Fi and LTE chips for photo sharing on the go.

The arm is fully controllable and can reach up to 2 metres. The camera itself can be panned 360 degrees and there is full control of focus and zoom available, too. The series of blue LED lights on the front of the rover flash when a photo is being taken. At just under 1 metre long, the rover looks petite enough to fit into some small spaces should the controller wish to take it somewhere unexpected.

Unfortunately, applications to steer the Rover are restricted to UK residents, but that doesn't stop you checking in on the bot's progress as it makes its way across Europe. Scheduled stops include a FC Bayern Munich training session and London's Super Comic Convention.

Some sketches of the NX Rover. (Credit: Samsung)
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Lexy spent her formative years taking a lot of photos and dreaming in technicolor. Nothing much has changed now she's covering all things tech from CNET's Sydney office.


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