Since its release, the Microsoft Hololens has been used for everything from entertainment and navigation to gaming and design. However, in partnership with NASA, Microsoft is focusing in on the device's abilities to provide instruction to astronauts in outer space.
When working on repairs or experiments in space, astronauts still rely on commands that are relayed by voice or writing. A new project called 'Sidekick' is exploring the use of the Hololens for providing virtual instructions that will assist crews working on the ISS. With this device serving as a guide, this means that communication is enhanced and less training may be needed.
The Sidekick project between Microsoft and NASA is part of a much larger collaboration that's exploring the uses of holographic computing in space exploration.