The space agency was all praise for Microsoft’s creation when it said, “HoloLens could be an invaluable resource for missions deep into our solar system, where communication delays complicate hard operations”. Project Sidekick will use Microsoft HoloLens to provide virtual aid to astronauts working on the global Space Station. “This new technology could also future explorers requiring greater autonomy on the journey to Mars”. “Remote specialist Mode” uses Skype to relay what the astronaut see back to Earth, and an Earthbound operator can draw directly into the astronaut’s field of view, outlining the next step or drawing attention to an important detail.
The second way is “Procedure Mode“, which augments standalone procedures with animated holographic illustrations displayed on top of the objects with which the crew is interacting.
Microsoft’s virtual reality headset is to be sent by NASA to the worldwide Space Station (ISS) to give astronauts superior vision for repairs and other operations.
Augmented reality, meanwhile, doesn’t have the full immersive experience as virtual reality does, but it can be used in more situations.
Currently, NASA and Microsoft have been testing project ‘Sidekick’ in a weightless environment that simulates the low gravity environment of the worldwide Space Station.
NASA has also planned another use for HoloLens, but this time below the planet’s surface in the Aquarius Reef Base 62 feet under the sea off the Florida coast. However, as mentioned on Digital Trends, at the moment, the astronauts can only rely on voice and written instructions. A pair of HoloLens, the VR headset from the tech giant is scheduled to join the ISS on 28 June, as part of the 7th commercial resupply mission of SpaceX.
In the words of Alex Kipman, technical fellow, Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft HoloLens will open new avenues in Astronaut training and will help to increase the potential of Astronauts with the help of Holographic Computing. The habitat of the undersea station provides a resounding similarity to space exploration, where the researchers will be spending two weeks.
HoloLens is impressive and hints at sci-fi-like computing with clearly defined applications to work and entertainment.
Microsoft and Nasa’s work on Sidekick is part of a larger project to see how augmented reality can be used in space.
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