Jeff Norris of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory was not who I expected him to be. Walking onto the stage in jeans, hoodie and bright red sneakers he further distanced himself from the bookish stereotype I was expecting from a NASA scientist. Over a rocking soundtrack, he announced NASA is already engaging in several VR/AR projects to increase the size and scope of their deep-space ambitions.
Among the efforts, Norris discussed NASA’s previously announced project Sidekick. This is an augmented reality program for HoloLens that allows on-the-ground experts to aid those in space.
“What if a scientist could stand on mars without leaving his or her office,” said Norris.