NASA SUITS

This project was a part of The University of Colorado Boulder’s NASA SUITS project that was presented and tested at NASA JSC in April 2019. For that year’s project, I was the project lead of hardware development and this was one of my contributions. Read more about the NASA SUITS challenge here.

With this project, I wanted to allow anyone (in this case EVA Astronauts) to interface with a Heads-Up-Display (HUD) deployed in the Microsoft HoloLens without using the built-in hand gestures or voice inputs. I tackled this goal from an accessibility standpoint, I wanted to develop a peripheral/wearable that would allow for EVA astronauts to interface with their display without occupying communications with ground control, and because of their highly pressurized gloves, gesture interfacing is unreasonable. While this is a domain I’m somewhat unfamiliar with, I can also see this peripheral being useful for those with disabilities, allowing them to use the HoloLens or other AR/VR devices and forgo the interfacing inputs that are exclusionary or daunting.

Instructables:

IoT: Control the HoloLens Using Your Eyebrows (EMG)

Popular Press:

Brainwaves [2019] “Accessibility: How soda bottles, the law and augmented reality are helping differently abled people.” ​colorado.edu. https://www.colorado.edu/today/2019/08/28/accessibility-how-soda-bottles-law-and-augmented-reality-are-helping-differently-abled

Jeff Zehnder [2018] “Students designing augmented reality system for astronauts” https://www.colorado.edu/aerospace/2018/12/20/students-designing-augmented-reality-system-astronauts

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