NASA is using Microsoft's Hololens

Microsoft's Hololens is so cool that even NASA want to get in on the action.

It's safe to say that Microsoft certainly impressed its fans, if not stole the show, at E3 2015 with their demonstration of their augmented reality device, Hololens. Particularly in light of the fact that Sony's Project Morpheus Virtual Reality was practically a no-show, it was a definite victory and impressive day for Microsoft.

As if the idea of augmented reality in our living rooms wasn't enticing enough, it is now apparent that the tech is so good that NASA is using it. Running an application called Sidekick, Hololens will be assisting with training and procedures on the International Space Station. Two pairs of Hololens and Sidekick are due to be delivered to the International Space Station the next time it is resupplied on June 28th 2015. Check out the video below to see it in action:


Sidekick has two main modes. The first, known as Remote Expert mode, allows a technician on the ground to see through the eyes of the astronaut and guide them through a procedure, as well as drawing and highlighting directly onto the astronaut's vision.

The second mode, known as Procedure mode, is far more traditional augmented reality. Text overlays and other illustrations will appear on real-world objects in order to make procedures easier. It will also reduce the training required for certain functions.

What do you think of NASA using Microsoft's Hololens? Will you be getting one when it comes out? Let us know in the comments!


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Published Jun. 25th 2015

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