This month I’m going to leave you with a photo taken from a 1992 NASA conference exploring the world of VR. Doesn’t it look suspiciously like the ill-fated Google Glass but two decades prior?
However, VR at the time was a solution without a problem. It was developed internally within NASA as a means to train engineers and astronauts to maneuver the space shuttle’s robotic arm. Years later, two NASA engineers saw more potential and started the first VR lab to further explore its potential in space exploration. For decades this low-fidelity VR was used in numerous training scenarios including that of the crippled Hubble Telescope which needed repair. However, creating a $2.5b replica of the telescope on earth just wasn’t feasible so they took to creating a digital VR model to train the astronauts on instead.