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NASA is continuing to build upon its plans to harness virtual and augmented reality for space exploration. The space agency and Osterhout Design Group announced they are exploring the use of ODG’s Smart Glasses for terrestrial and space-based activities. ODG’s Glasses allow users to do everything they would also do with a tablet, the company said. They could let astronauts remotely access documents and/or charts, decreasing the weight of materials they carry into space and allowing hands-free work. As a NASA spokesperson told Computerworld, commercial airline pilots carry around 15 pounds in manuals, but in space exploration, every pound saved counts. With the augmented glasses, astronauts could conduct line-of-sight checks with digital mark- ers overlaid on machinery, keeping the user’s eyes focused on the task, according to a release by Osterhout Design Group. “As electronic directions and instruc- tions replace paper checklists and lon- ger duration missions are considered, there is a need for tools that can meet evolving demands,” said Lauri Hansen, engineering director at NASA Johnson Space Center. “ODG’s technology provides an op- portunity to increase space mission effi- ciencies, and we are pleased to explore its potential in human spaceflight while also advancing its use here on earth.” NASA previously partnered with Microsoft to simulate scientists working together in real time on Mars’ surface. The HoloLens project uses NASA virtual reality software called Onsight to take images from the Curiosity rover and project them as three dimensional ho- lograms, allowing scientists to simulate walking on the red planet’s surface. • NASA tests smart glasses for astronauts BY MARK POMERLEAU OSTERHOUTGROUP.COM After a large storm system rips through a community, a quick response time is es- sential for saving lives and rebuilding so communities can get back to business. To help communities improve disaster response and remediation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology awarded a $20 million contract to Colo- rado State University to create the Com- munity Resilience Center of Excellence. The center will develop computer tools and virtual models to help local governments decide how best to invest in resources to mitigate the impact of extreme weather on communities and speed recovery. NIST-CORE, or Community Resil- ience Modeling Environment, will be a pivotal piece of the center’s capabili- ties for meeting stated goals. Using an open-source platform, NIST-CORE will incorporate risk-based decision-making and enable quantitative comparisons of different resilience strategies, NIST said. The system will provide scientific met- rics and decision tools that communities will use to evaluate the resilience of a built environment and its interconnected infrastructure. The models will also inte- grate social systems that are essential to recovering communities in various sectors, such as health care delivery, education, social services and financial institutions. “The tools developed by the center will help to further advance the impor- tant goal of disaster resilience from ambitious concepts to cost-effective solutions that communities can imple- ment over time,” said Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Acting NIST Direc- tor Willie May. NIST-CORE will eventually be ca- pable of performing analysis unlike any other disaster-resilience model in the world – learning from one analysis to the next. As it continues to be ap- plied, NIST-CORE’s performance will be tested alongside data from previous disasters. • NIST funds center to model disaster recovery strategies BY MARK POMERLEAU Augmented glasses from Osterhout Design Group focus on government and Mil-spec standrds. GCN APRIL 2015 • GCN.COM 9 0415gcn_006-013.indd 9 3/30/15 3:10 PM