Welcome to our recurring post, 3D Interactive Tech Talk, highlighting how interactive technology is being used right now and where it’s headed.
NASA has long made use of simulation technology to train its astronauts, so it’s no surprise the organization is diving into what they call “Hybrid Reality” to prepare for future exploration – including a manned expedition to Mars. Using a combination of VR tech like NVIDIA GPU, HTC Vive, and even a load-bearing resistance system named after Stephen Colbert, NASA is preparing astronauts for a number of space travel conditions with an eye on setting foot on Mars in the next 15 years. Astronauts can experience weightlessness, resistance in anti-gravity conditions, and other physical sensations of space flight, all aimed at transcending the feeling of a headset to mimic actual reality – until they can experience the real thing.
Purdue University Northwest’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation research center is one of nearly 200 partners from U.S. academia and industry selected to further manufacturing initiatives. As part of President Obama’s Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, PNW will contribute by training workers at their 3D virtual reality simulation lab. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the initiative will strive to reduce the cost of “technologies like advanced sensors, data analytics, and controls” to make U.S. manufacturers more competitive globally.
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