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[TechRadar] Even Scott Kelly thinks VR has 'great potential,' and he's been to space
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Even Scott Kelly thinks VR has 'great potential,' and he's been to space

<img src="http://cdn.mos.techradar.com/art/Features%202/Scott%20Kelly%20return/Scott%20Kelly%20HoloLens-470-75.jpg" alt="Even Scott Kelly thinks VR has 'great potential,' and he's been to space"/><p>Virtual reality is still in a nascent phase, but astronaut Scott Kelly, who just returned from a year in space, sees the tech as having a lot of potential both many miles up and down here on Earth.</p><p>Kelly used <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/reviews/wearables/microsoft-hololens-1281834/review">Microsoft HoloLens</a>, which is really an AR viewer, while on the International Space Station (ISS), and during a media briefing in Houston today, he was asked whether he thinks virtual reality has a future in the outer limits.</p><p>"I think virtual reality has a lot of potential," he said. "With the [HoloLens], we were doing a test. It had some cameras on it, and we could see a display that's in your field of view. The person on the ground could be in your field of view and drawing things, and I could do the same."</p><p>"You could be doing a maintenance procedure," he continued. "Say, 'Is this the bolt?', and someone on the ground could draw an arrow and say, 'Yeah, that's it.'"</p><p>Kelly seemed genuinely impressed with the HoloLens. He said it "worked great" and was "messed around with" for two hours on the ISS. </p><p>"Immediately I sensed it was a capability we could use right now," he said. </p><h3>Space man endorsement</h3><p>Kelly gave another example of performing a task and having a procedure put inside the user's field of view, off to the side. He described how the user could glance at it when they needed to as they executed the task.</p><p>"The technology in general has great potential, not just in space but here as well," he said. </p><p>Microsoft has touted HoloLens has having applications in a wide range of sectors, from education to <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/gaming/i-was-one-of-the-first-people-to-play-minecraft-in-virtual-reality-1316152">gaming</a> to <a href="https://blogs.windows.com/devices/2016/02/20/microsoft-hololens-in-space-making-science-fiction-mixed-reality/">helping astronauts like Kelly</a>. His endorsement for the headset and VR in general is a good sign both will catch on in the science world. </p><p>Kelly was asked if VR messed with his head at all in the close quarters of the ISS, but the commander seemed only to enjoy the experience. </p><p>"It has a game with aliens coming into the space station, and you're shooting at them with your finger," he said. "It didn't seem to make anyone sick. It was kind of fun."</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/world-of-tech/scott-kelly-became-a-lab-rat-in-space-here-s-what-we-ll-learn-1316069">Here's what we'll learn from Scott Kelly's year in space</a></li></ul><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247393694412/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4e0b5b51/sc/15/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247393694412/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4e0b5b51/sc/15/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247393694412/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4e0b5b51/sc/15/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247393694412/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4e0b5b51/sc/15/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247393694412/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4e0b5b51/sc/15/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247393694412/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4e0b5b51/sc/15/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/247393694412/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4e0b5b51/sc/15/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/247393694412/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4e0b5b51/sc/15/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/247393694412/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4e0b5b51/sc/15/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://rss.feedsportal.com/c/669/f/9809/s/4e0b5b51/sc/15/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techradar/allnews/~4/4fNmC1BXnDY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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