HoloLens in space

NASA sent two Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality headsets into space to the International Space Station in December. Now Microsoft has posted an image of astronaut Scott Kelly wearing the HoloLens headset on board the ISS.

Microsoft also posted some images of astronaut Luca Parmitano using HoloLens at the Aquarius underwater research station. Microsoft and NASA have teamed up to offer HoloLens as part of Project Sidekick, which is designed to help astronauts perform tasks in two different modes:

"The first is "Remote Expert Mode," which uses Skype, to allow a ground operator to see what a crew member sees, provide real-time guidance, and draw annotations into the crew member's environment to coach him or her through a task. Until now, crew members have relied on written and voice instructions when performing complex repair tasks or experiments."

"The second mode is "Procedure Mode," which augments standalone procedures with animated holographic illustrations displayed on top of the objects with which the crew is interacting. This capability could lessen the amount of training that future crews will require and could be an invaluable resource for missions deep into our solar system, where communication delays complicate difficult operations."

Source: Microsoft