Mars astronauts could use VR to remind them of home
Mars astronauts could use VR to remind them of home To put it mildly Mars astronauts are likely to feel isolation on a level that even the most daring space explorers cant understand. How do you feel connected when Earth is just a dot in the sky? NASA Smart Information Flow Technologies and 8i might help. Theyre researching the prospect of using virtual and augmented reality experiences to fight the sensory and social monotony of a Mars mission. The aim would be to create a library of inspirational messages that remind astronauts why theyre on the Red Planet and connect them to family a bit like the video messages in 2001 only more immersive. Early recordings include Buzz Aldrin discussing his vision for Mars and artist Reggie Watts performing some of his signature improv beatboxing. The subjects from the most recent HI-SEAS Mars simulation experiment have already received these clips while new messages from notable participants should accompany the 2017 HI-SEAS run. Crucially you wont have to book a trip across the Solar System to see some of these VR videos. Time has struck a deal with 8i to bring the Aldrin and Watts recordings to its Life VR platform starting in early 2017. Theyll initially require Google Cardboard but there will be eventually be a complete Buzz Aldrin experience for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. It wont be the same as watching in a Mars base camp (that might be a good thing) but youll at least get a hint of what future spacefarers will see. Source: 8i (Medium) BusinessWire - Repost from: engadget Post - New Upgrade !! [V 1.5.3] U can download IT app for android from http://bit.ly/ITapp-v153
Reggie Watts works on the edge of improv performance -- at a place where you can almost visibly see his brain moving, as he pulls spoken and musical snippets from the sonosphere and blends them into a stream-of-consciousness flow.