NASA virtually teleports a doctor from Earth to the International Space Station
The holograms of Star Wars and Star Trek are already a reality: several people have virtually traveled to space by means of a hologram, and virtual reality.
The experiment took place last year, but NASA has revealed it this week it’s a statement. Using a new technology called HoloportationHas got virtually transport multiple people to the International Space Station.
It is not a physical teleportation like in Star Trek (that would be a revolution), but a virtual teleport, thanks to the magic of virtual reality. And the implications of this new technology are very important.
Software developed by the AEXA Aerospace company allows you to use a Microsoft Konnect camera to create a 3D hologram in real time of the surgeon Josef Schmid, equipped with mixed reality Hololens glasses.
The amazing thing about technology Holoportation the thing is this 3D hologram has been projected on the International Space Stationlet us remember that it is 400 kilometers high, and travels at a speed of 27,600 km/h.
with this system astronauts can interact with a person in 3D and life size, right next to you, instead of a boring video conference on a screen. For a person who can spend weeks, and soon years, in space, this closeness and realism is important.
But there is another even more important feature: the person behind the hologram has Hololens glasses, which shows a virtual representation of the International Space Station, so he is seeing the station as if he were thereand even, in future versions, he could manipulate buttons and computers at the station itself.
The implications of this technology are shocking: a doctor could holoport to the Moon or Mars to virtually operate on an injured astronautor a high-level engineer to fix a problem on a ship.
On a social level, Family members of astronauts could holoport onto a rocket headed for Mars to make loneliness more bearable. And also the other way around: the astronaut could virtually return to Earth.
The Holoportation it is in its infancy, but it promises an important advance in communication and interaction with people who travel to space.