Astronauts Turn to Augmented Reality on the Space Station

Ever tried reading the instruction manual to a space station sewage system while in zero gravity? According to the crew of the International Space Station, it's hard. Damn hard. So hard, in fact, that astronauts turned to the European Space Agency for augmented reality helmets that display repair instructions and data right on the machinery.

Read on for a full breakdown of augmented reality helmets, iPhone temperature sensors, and how ESA made a space helmet out of garage scraps.

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The Augmented Reality “Terminator” Love-Fest Continues

Earlier this morning we saw The Independent rolling out the Schwarzenegger nostalgia wagon to explain augmented reality to its readers. Now Telepresence Options, a technology-tracking service, pays out another royalty in their description of augmented reality contact lenses:

In the Terminator movies, Arnold Schwarzenegger's character sees the world with data superimposed on his visual field–virtual captions that enhance the cyborg's scan of a scene.

These visions (if I may) might seem far-fetched, but a contact lens with simple built-in electronics is already within reach;

I can understand The Independent needing to make its tech stories accessible to casual readers on train, but what is it about the allure of Terminator that has even an industry standby like Telepresence Options invoking Arnold?

With cybernetic contact lenses only capable of an 8×8 pixel array as of this writing, there is still a way to go before Terminator tech is standard in every human body. But at least the mentions put Arnold Schwarzenegger at the top of a search unrelated to destructive California wildfires.