Even NASA Decided to Visit CES 2016 with VR Gear
Although it was expected that virtual reality would be the talk of the town at CES 2016 – and it was – because of the incoming fleet of head mounted devices like HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and more, no one thought that even NASA would drop their mega projects and follow the lead at the event.
This was their first time at CES and still they went to the event with their own VR gear and not rocket engines or space traveling capsules. However, don’t get us wrong, they are not launching a product.
The VR gear they brought to Las Vegas actually allowed the audience to experience how it feels to go on board an Orion spacecraft or to visit the Kennedy Space Center.
Jeff Norris, who is the mission operations innovation lead at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory explained that they had decided to visit CES 2016 in order to further strengthen their terms with the consumer electronics industry.
We’ve been able to use things that are consumer electronics products and adapt them to the unique problems that we face in our work. That’s been a core part of my lab, which focuses on augmented reality and virtual reality.
He also added that all the major players in the virtual reality field right now, i.e. Microsoft, Facebook, HTC, Sony, Valve, and Samsung are working in partnership with them and PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, as well as HoloLens are already being used by them on various projects.
It looks like they are working to increase the expanse of these gadgets beyond entertainment.