NASA is testing virtual reality smart glasses that could one day help astronauts as they travel to an asteroid or even Mars.
The space agency is using glasses from Osterhout Design Group (ODG), a San Francisco-based company that develops wearables for enterprises and government use. NASA engineers and astronauts are set to test the company’s smart glasses, which are equipped with augmented reality and virtual reality technologies. The glasses are being tested using NASA applications and software.
Real time applications also include the ability for ground support teams to see first hand what astronauts discover and video. Instead of bringing a 50-pound boulder back for ground analysis, the astronaut can use glasses toscan, measure and catalog where it was found and then chip off a 5-pound sample for ground analysis.
NASA has been testing and working with virtual reality technology simulations for the past 20 years. The future advanced with them.
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