neilticktin writes: In just a couple of weeks, MacTech Conference will have the first public display (outside a university or research setting) of Mac-based planetary exploration rovers and boat controlled by iPod Touch's. Professor Wolfgang Fink, who came to the University of Arizona from Caltech last year, will be demonstrating the units on the first day of the conference prior to the Conference's keynote by Andy Ihnatko. The rovers which can carry a payload of 40 pounds, and the boat, are based on Mac Minis and controlled by iOS devices such as the iPod Touch over the Internet. Fink and his colleague Mark Tarbell will be available to answer questions and discuss University of Arizona research using smart robots to explore planets, and will speak about them on the last day of the conference. For those that want to attend, educational discounts are available, and a special bundle option/discount expires on Mon Oct 25.