Augmented reality is moving us to the next frontier of task management

Until now, astronauts relied primarily on written and voice instructions when performing complex repair tasks or experiments in space. But Microsoft and NASA are working to change all that; a project called “Sidekick” uses Microsoft HoloLens to provide virtual aid to astronauts working in space. The goal of Sidekick is to meet station crews with assistance when and where they need it. The 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.

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