I’m extremely passionate about space!
And when I say extremely I don’t just mean I think stars are cool and the idea of space travel is dope. I mean: I want to be the next female Canadian astronaut, I want to go to Mars and beyond, and I want to disrupt the way we go about exploration on Earth and in space using exponential technologies.
As a result of this HUGE passion for space, I spend a ton of time thinking about ways we can make space travel next-level + solve really big problems in exploration.
Since I’m currently doing a focus (this just means I’m diving really deep into a certain technology area to learn a ton about it and get experience creating projects using it) mixed realities, specifically augmented reality (AR), I decided that AR can make space even cooler 🚀
So, I started to do some research to figure out if AR was already being used in space and I found a pdf created by NASA outlining what applications they would like to see in space.
Applications + case studies ranged from medical to logistical uses of AR in space and many more.
Designing a next-level space suit at a hackathon led to building an AR interface for astronaut helmets.
In TKS (The Knowledge Society — an accelerator/innovation program for youth aged 12–17 where we learn about exponential technologies and how to solve the world’s biggest problems using them), we had a hackathon where we were challenge to try and solve a big problem using exponential tech.
Lauren Yoshida (my lovely friend who is also a TKS innovator) and I decided that a BIG problem is that space suits need a ton of improvement.
- they are hella expensive — costing millions per suit
- unnecessarily bulky
The two of us (both extremely passionate about space) got straight to work and super excited about solving this problem. We spent several hours at the hackathon designing what we call a “next-level space suit” 🚀
One of the many components we added into our cheaper, less bulky, and tech-infused space suit was an AR interface for the astronaut helmet.
This component was one I was extremely pumped to work on (as we continue to further develop our project + create prototypes), as I am currently really into AR.
What does SpaceAR do?
SpaceAR is an augmented reality application for space exploration.
It is currently in early development stages, as I am still building components of the project function as time progresses. Additionally, cloud recognition databases would need to be larger and more catered to objects in space. The data/photos I would need to train my database, I currently don’t have access to.
However, if NASA wants to take me on to help them develop augmented reality applications like the one I’m testing out for the space suit. I would be happy to help!
SpaceAR combines image targets, cloud recognition, virtual buttons, and many more augmented reality functions.
Currently SpaceAR is all about object recognition for astronauts.
This would be more useful for astronaut helmets when they are on a space walk or exploring a planet. This function combines AI, sensors/cameras, and AR that all must harmoniously work together to create the recognition interface.
My Vision for SpaceAR
In the future, I would love for SpaceAR (or a similar platform) to be used in astronaut helmets (in next-level space suits) and devices (i.e., ipads) on the ISS.
I think that augmented reality is going to change the way we explore both our planet, other planets, and beyond.
The way we currently explore is inefficient and outdated. Just like the space suits we use today.
AR is an awesome tool that can make exploration tasks more efficient and push us into an augmented future.
- Augmented reality will completely change our world and the way we explore our universe.
- AR can be used in astronaut helmets and other devices in space to make tasks more efficient.
- Intersecting exponential technologies will help us solve BIG problems.
I’m super excited for the future of this AR application + to continue developing it and other parts of the next-level space suit. My hope is that one day I will get to be one of the astronauts who get to wear a space suit with AR integrated into the helmet. Until then I’ll keep learning as much as I can about the world, exponential technologies, & myself, spending my time working on what I’m passionate about, and seeking unique experiences. Space is awesome right now, but in 10 years it’s going to be exponentially cooler.
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