WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- NASA “holoported” a flight surgeon to the International Space Station (ISS).
- Holoportation is a “3D capture technology that allows high-quality 3D models of people to be reconstructed, compressed and transmitted anywhere in the world in real-time.”
- While holoportation is a big step forward for space exploration, it could also be used to “bring people together” here on Earth.
NASA pushed telemedicine to a different level, after a successful operation where a flight surgeon was “holoported” to the International Space Station (ISS). Josef Schmid was holoported from Earth into outer space using a Microsoft HoloLens Kinect camera and a personal computer with an AEXA Aerospace software.
Holoportation is described as a “3D capture technology that allows high-quality 3D models of people to be reconstructed, compressed and transmitted anywhere in the world in real-time.” When combined with Microsoft HoloLens, this permits a person to see, hear, and interact in 3D with others from a distance. It would be as if the person is in the same room.
“Our physical body is not there, but our human entity absolutely is there. It doesn’t matter that the space station is traveling 17,500 mph and in constant motion in orbit 250 miles above Earth, the astronaut can come back three minutes or three weeks later and with the system running, we will be there in that spot, live on the space station,” he said in a statement.
Microsoft introduced holoportation in 2016 and the technology has been used before, but this is the first time holoportation was used in an extreme and remote environment such as outer space.
This success is a milestone for future missions. There are different projects lined up after this holoportation operation, including one that permits a two-way communication, where someone on Earth can be holoported to space and, at the same time, astronauts can be holoported back on Earth.
“Imagine you can bring the best instructor or the actual designer of a particularly complex technology right beside you wherever you might be working on it.,” said Schmid.
Holoportation could also be used here on the planet. It ican potentially “help people to communicate, bringing people together no matter the distance or environmental challenges.” This could be used in a distant location: in Antarctica, for example.
The next biggest challenge for holoportation is Mars exploration since there are communication lags of up to 20 minutes each way. This lag is reported in different mediums of communication, whether it’s through radio transmission, video streams, or newer methods such as holoportation. So, for holoportation to be 100% effective, there has to be an approach that sidesteps that problem.
Source: The Hill