NASA astronauts will work with HoloLens




NASA and Microsoft are working together on a project called Sidekick. The project uses Microsoft HoloLens to start offering virtual assistance in the future to astronauts working on the International Space Station.

The first pair of augmented-reality glasses go on June 28 along with the seventh-SpaceX resupply mission. The director of the ISS program says on the site of the NASA that “HoloLens and other virtual and mixed-reality devices’ technologies that give people new ways to perform tasks. In addition, he believes that such technology in the future will give more autonomy to the few people who will be traveling to Mars.

The goal of the Sidekick project is giving support to the crew of the space when they need it. The additional capabilities can potentially reduce the necessary training requirements and still increase efficiency.

Using HoloLens has already been tested in the Weightless Wonder -vliegtuig of NASA, a way to simulate weightlessness by plane in free fall to let down. The aircraft was tested include the Remote Expert Mode, which Skype an operator can watch what someone sees and so can support. The operator can also transfer text and explanation in view, an extension of the current support with voice and look in written sources.

The other mode is the Procedure Mode, where no external operator is watching, but where holographic simulations on objects where the crew is doing are projected. In the movie, the glasses are activated by voice command: “Sidekick.” The Remote Expert Mode will not yet tested in the next mission.

The Sidekick project is part of a collaboration between NASA and Microsoft. Earlier this year the two superpowers began to develop in a collaboration to software called Onsight virtually on Mars where scientists could work. Sidekick will also be used during the twentieth NEEMO mission starting on 21 July in the undersea research laboratory Aquarius.

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