A year ago we heard that NASA and Microsoft were teaming up to build Sidekick, a project that uses HoloLens to let astronauts and scientists collaborate remotely, as well as visualize 3D schematics. Now we’ve finally got a closer look at Sidekick in action thanks to NASA’s Jeff Norris, who discussed the project during a Vision Summit presentation. Norris, who leads mission control innovation for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, mainly focuses on the 3D visualization aspect (“Procedure Mode”).
Rather than waiting for components to be assembled for testing, Sidekick lets NASA explore potential issues ahead of times. Engineers and scientists can do everything from view full-scale holograms to dive into individual components. The sample imagery in the video doesn’t look too complex at the moment, but it’s the sort of thing that will evolve along with Microsoft’s HoloLens hardware.