Talk to anybody who’s heard of HoloLens, and they’re likely to tell you that it’s a sign of things to come in technology. The HoloLens is our first true leap forward into the realms of science fiction as told to us by Star Trek, and people all over the world are getting excited about the possibilities. Whether the HoloLens is going to be opening doors to better gaming experiences or more productive work environments, the brave new world of augmented reality is something that everybody’s excited about.
If the mere existence of technology like HoloLens wasn’t enough for science fiction fans to start jumping for joy, then fear not: NASA has you covered. A piece by technologyreview recently brought to light the fact that NASA wants HoloLens up in space. In fact, the SpaceX rocket that exploded back in June was carrying two HoloLens units intended to help people on the International Space Station better do their work.
There’s another rocket heading up on December to try and get this technology to the ISS, and that’s a great thing. NASA seems entirely convinced that HoloLens can potentially save a lot of time for astronauts, allowing them to stop referring to text guides while interacting with unfamiliar technology, and instead have an expert on Earth walk them through the process, looking through their eyes.
NASA has already given HoloLens its trials in the Aquarius Underwater Research Station, where they tested its supposed applications in an environment similar to the one that people on the International Space Station are in. After this test, it seems that tasks completed with HoloLens would have taken “many times as long” if the technology wasn’t available as an aid.
The HoloLens is indisputably a key component to the future of human communications, and the fact that it’s desired for communication outside of this planet is only another exciting proof of that. Hopefully, this December, the HoloLens arrives at the ISS without complication, and starts making lives easier.Further reading: HoloLens, NASA, SpaceX