NASA’s Astronauts Training in Mixed Reality with Manus VR Gloves

Manus VR a company designing gloves for virtual reality (VR) applications, has revealed American space agency NASA using its technology to train its astronauts in mixed reality (MR).

In a video released today Manus VR details how its glove are being used in various experiments by astronauts in preparation for them going to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA has recreated the ISS in VR to create a realistic training environment, and with the use of the Manus VR gloves get an accurate representation of their hands for more intuitive interaction.

The environment has been created with Unreal Engine 4 in conjunction with NVIDIA PhysX. The system uses the HTC Vive head-mounted display (HMD) with the controllers attached to the wrists of the user, something Manus VR has been experimenting with for several months.

“This is an amazing opportunity to showcase what the Manus VR glove can do for VR, AR and Mixed Reality. NASA is looking forward to work with the upcoming Manus VR development kit and the Manus VR Tracking Bracelet for SteamVR Tracking,” said Manus VR in a statement.

Last month Valve announced the royalty free opening of its SteamVR Tracking technology to which Manus VR has signed up to the first class provided by Synapse. In doing so Manus VR will learn more about the tech and how to best implement it with the tracking bracelet.

VRFocus will continue its coverage of Manus VR, reporting back with any further announcements.