Welcome to Episode 2 Reality Recap! Our video series where I run through some of the top stories in AR and VR and share some insider insight from our experts here at CrossComm — Don Shin and Yash Bangera. Watch the episode, or use the show notes below for a snapshot of the episode.
Reality Recap: Episode 2
NASA Uses Microsoft HoloLens on the ISS (:23 - 1:46)
NASA pioneers a lot of great tools and now they're using the Microsoft HoloLens to overlay maintenance instructions for the T2 microgravity treadmill and some other routine work around the International Space Station. NASA says this is a precursor to using these tools in higher leverage situations to avoid communication lag with earth for remote work on the ISS, the moon, and eventually Mars. Our experts weigh in on the impact and applications of this back on Earth. Read the original article from Phys.org.
ISS VR Experience Let's Users Interact in Space (1:47 - 3:01)
Mission: ISS, an app on the Oculus Store, offers a taste of astronaut life for free on the Quest 2. This is a fun example of utilizing VR to allow the “one thing that the vast majority of people will never get the chance to do, but that a significant percentage of those same people would love to do.” Don explains that this is a nice step up from the vast library of VR video experiences currently available, as you can actually interact with the environment, complete missions and just enjoy the space of space. Read the original article from Space.com.
Using AR to Train Military Pilots at A Lower Cost (3:02 - 4:02)
The company Red 6 has been working to build out AR training for in-cockpit simulation for the military for a while. They’re now rolling out much smaller goggles to hook into pilot’s helmets that can display multiple enemy units and now even friendly wingmen. This could be a major step forward for training multi-aircraft missions without the cost of getting all those planes off the ground. Read the original article from TheDrive.com.
Nreal Launches Tethered "AR" Headset (4:07 - 5:57)
Nreal launched a new pair of glasses being marketed as an AR headset at a lower cost. Dubbed the Nreal Air, they utilize the same micro OLED display as the Nreal Light but require a tether cable to a smart device. Additionally, they don't actually have any camera or other forms of spatial awareness, essentially making them a private viewing display. Our experts weigh in on why Nreal would choose this direction and whether it's actually AR. Read the original article from Notebookcheck.net.