NASA will initially use ODG’s ‘Assisted Reality’ software.
NASA is looking to use Osterhout Design Group (ODG) Smart Glasses for terrestrial and space-based activities.
The space agency has signed a collaboration with San Francisco based ODG to use Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in human spaceflight, as well as use these technologies on future space missions.
Founded as a technology incubator in 1999, ODG’s smart glasses allow users to do everything they do with a tablet, with 3D graphics overlaid, in hands free mode.
The glasses feature positional sensors, which can sense where the use is, where he is looking at and how the user is moving.
NASA could use company’s ‘Assisted Reality’ software, which helps in-line of sight check lists, guided support via telepresence, and the ability to overlay digital markers on machinery or equipment while keeping the user’s eyes and hands focused on their task.
Assisted Reality technology could improve the accuracy and efficiency of astronauts’ in-flight activities during long missions.
NASA Johnson Space Center Engineering director Lauri Hansen said, "As electronic directions and instructions replace paper checklists and longer duration missions are considered, there is a need for tools that can meet evolving demands.
"ODG’s technology provides an opportunity to increase space mission efficiencies and we are pleased to explore its potential in human spaceflight while also advancing its use here on earth."
ODG Smart Glass. Photo courtesy: ODG