Hokienauts - NASA SUITS Team
Hokienauts is the VT student team for the NASA SUITS, a design challenge to create augmented reality information displays for future NASA spacesuits. We have tried different approach over the years. In 2019, for example, we designed an interface with multi-modal interaction and a user-configurable information layout. The goal was to allow astronauts to efficiently access information in a variety of situations. By using gesture, voice, and hardware interfaces, they can choose the modality more appropriate for the context.
Critical information is displayed in a Head-Up display area, while secondary information can be displayed outside the field of view (FOV). During EVA, astronauts can move information panels between these two areas as desired.
We also often propose additional hardware device, for example: a glove with sensors to allow interaction outside the view of HoloLens sensors, and a chest sensor, which can be used to create a reference frame for the lateral panels of the user interface.
Hokienauts is possible due to the wide support from VT, including the School of Visual Arts, the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, College of Engineering, VT Computer Science Department, Office of Undergraduate Research, and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology. For more details, visit hokienauts.vt.domains