Hololens created quite a bit of excitement surrounding the new technology and its possible applications. One of the applications which Microsoft discussed was their partnership with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California. JPL scientists plan to use the Hololens experience Mars in a first-hand way, as if they are walking around on the surface next to the Mars rover.
This type of application will help scientists to understand the environment which the rover experiences in a more natural way. Now scientists don’t have to rely solely upon 2D screens to understand the Martian landscapes, but a 3D augmented reality will exist where it is possible to walk around and get close to details which may result in new learnings. NASA’s use of the Hololens is just one of many possible uses to experience situations in a more natural way than looking at a screen. Augmented reality also has the benefit of merging physical objects, and digital objects together to create a new way to interact digitally and physically.Further reading: HoloLens, Mars, Microsoft, NASA