NASA tests smart glasses for astronauts

NASA is continuing to build upon its plans to harness virtual and augmented reality for space exploration.  The space agency and Osterhout Design Group announced they are exploring the use of ODG’s Smart Glasses for terrestrial and space-based activities.

ODG’s Glasses allow users to do everything they would also do with a tablet, the company said. They could let astronauts remotely access documents and/or charts, decreasing the weight of materials they carry into space and allowing hands-free work.  As a NASA spokesperson told Computerworld, commercial airline pilots carry around 15 pounds in manuals, but in space exploration, every pound saved counts.

With the augmented glasses, astronauts could conduct line-of-sight checks with digital markers overlaid on machinery, keeping the user’s eyes focused on the task, according to a release by Osterhout Design Group.

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