Sidekick also will be used and evaluated during the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 20 expedition set to begin July 21, when a group of astronauts and engineers live in the world's only undersea research station, Aquarius, for two weeks, NASA said.
Still, the future is bright. In January, Microsoft walked us through a demonstration where they put reporters in front of a live light switch and asked us to wire it up. HoloLens projected a virtual Skype window that I could drag and drop in (or out) of my immediate field of view. The remote technician then walked me through the procedure, orally--and more importantly, visually-- showing me what to do. That was a brand-new procedure for me, and HoloLens made it extremely simple.
Can HoloLens survive the rigors of outer space? Will the latency from the space station to the ground (nearly a second, round trip) affect its effectiveness? How useful will it ultimately prove? These are all fascinating questions, and one which the ISS stress test will ultimately help to answer.
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