NASA Asks Freelancers to Design a Smartwatch App for Astronauts to Use on the ISS

Thursday, 13 August 2015 - 6:45PM
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Thursday, 13 August 2015 - 6:45PM
NASA Asks Freelancers to Design a Smartwatch App for Astronauts to Use on the ISS
When astronauts perform sensitive tasks on the ISS, having free hands is key. The advent of augmented reality goggles on the space station, for example, could save time, effort, and manpower by allowing the astronauts to read instructions while still using their hands to perform the task, rather than flipping through cumbersome hardcopy manuals. Now, NASA is asking the public to design a smartwatch app that could give astronauts on the ISS a more efficient way to perform research and get live feedback on tasks.

NASA posted the contest on Freelancer.com, stating,

Opening quote
We (NASA) are interested in the emerging world of smartwatch technology and are looking to leverage this technology to create a smartwatch app that could be helpful to astronauts. The challenge is to design the general user interface for smart watch applications for use on the International Space Station.
Closing quote


According to the contest guidelines, the app would need to function on a Samsung Gear 2, and would be capable of displaying the crew timeline, warnings, status of communication with the ground, timers, and more. The app would also provide information to astronauts to maximize efficiency on an action, and then give live feedback as the astronaut performed said action.

NASA also states that all of these functions should be available within a single app. But that being said, the freelancer isn't required to actually make the app, only to design the user interface of the smartwatch.

Via NDTV Gadgets.
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