HoloLens and augmented reality in space: the opinion of ISS’ astronauts
One of the most famous augmented reality headsets (even if it’s not yet sold to the public) is surely Microsoft HoloLens; here on Experenti’s blog we talked about it more than once: from the news saying it will be soon on the market to the important collaborations (we talked just few weeks ago about the last one with Volvo for its augmented showroom), to the crucial partnership with NASA for their use inside the International Space Station ISS.
Specifically, we followed the interplanetary sequence of events step after step: in June it was announced the SideKick program to launch the famous headsets to the ISS together with the supplies, and also were announced the tests held during the underwater expedition NEEMO (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations) to understand until what point HoloLens could be used in more complex missions, as the ones on Mars.
During last days some other HoloLens headsets reached the ISS, and astronauts Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko answered to some questions asked by the magazine Popular Science on the use of these devices in space.
“You know I actually got the opportunity to try that out before I launched, and it seems like there are certain capabilities that would be good for us onboard the space station. One would be, you know right now we look at the computer or an iPad to look at procedures. And if you could have a procedure right in your field-of-view, something that was command-able with your voice, you know where you could scroll through the different steps, that would be helpful. It also has this capability where somebody on the ground perhaps could be looking basically at what you’re looking at, and be able to write in your field of view. So let’s say we’re working on a piece of hardware, and we’re not that familiar with it, but we have an expert on the ground, you know that person could basically see what we’re seeing and make annotations, point to things, and kind of lead us through a particular activity. You know that’s one of the many capabilities of that, or similar hardware, that we’re excited about.”
You can watch the video with the complete interview here.
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