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VIDEO: NASA challenges developers to create iPad app for astronauts

VIDEO: NASA challenges developers to create iPad app for astronauts
Zen Terrelonge

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Devices / iPad / February 18th 2013 at 2:00PM

One small step for man, one giant leap for mobile enterprise app design.

NASA has partnered digital creation community TopCoder to challenge its 460,000 members to produce an iPad app, the ISS FIT (Food Intake Tracker), for use by astronauts at the International Space Station.

The brief requires entrants to provide a solution from concept to real-world deployment that will successfully manage the dietary intake of crews during missions, thus preventing nutrient deficiencies and health risks from a lack of calories.

The TopCoder development platform must be used for the initiative, while NASA is sponsoring the entire process via its NASA Tournament Lab (NTL)

Rob Hughes, president and COO of TopCoder, said: "We at TopCoder are delighted to be working on a new challenge with NASA and the ISS. This challenge will appeal to a broader set of digital creators and will span all areas of idea generation, prototype, develop and delivery through open innovation."

Interested parties can access the competition here - http://www.topcoder.com/iss/fit/

Check out the video below.