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Rover TV was an "interactive" television show that allowed the Pittsburgh TV audience to actively explore a remote environment by giving them control of a robotic rover that was deployed in the Atacama desert of Northern Chile 5000 miles away.
Rover TV screenshot

Viewers observed live imagery from the Rover and gained control by dialing a number with their touch-tone telephones. Telephone button presses controlled both camera movements and steering of the rover.
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The CME worked with the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University that developed Nomad, a NASA planetary rover prototype deployed for field trials in the summer of 1997.
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The CME produced Rover TV at PCTV Channel 21 in collaboration with The Carnegie Science Center, The GROK Lab at the University of Iowa, NASA Ames Research Center , and WPXI Channel 11.
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Participants
Project Directors: Peter Coppin and Alexi Morrissey
Metahuman team member in Atacama Desert: Michael Parris
Design of TV interface: Peter Coppin
Panoramic viewing interface: Geb Thomas and John Murphy
Electronics and programming to connect phone to Onyx supercomputer: Martin C. Martin
Television production: Joseph Morrisson, Peter Coppin and Alexi Morrissey
On air host: Peter Coppin
Principal Investigator of Nomad rover project: William "Red" Whittaker