My team and I are helping NASA design the next generation of spacesuit. As NASA looks to Mars and beyond, updating their technology to adapt to the challenges of a new planet is crucial. Enter ARSIS, an augmented reality program that we designed to walk astronauts through tasks and communicate with mission control in ways that were previously possible only in science fiction. The augmented reality technology behind ARSIS can address needs here on earth as well. Augmented reality has the potential to revolutionize the way people learn and interact with the world. Our software could be applied to help people learn to do any number of things, from fixing a car to making a soufflé to performing CPR. And this is only the beginning of what is possible.
Olivia is a junior double majoring in GIMM (Games, Interactive Media and Mobile Technology) and computer science. She came to the field out of a deep desire to use technology for good. Later when she joined the GIMM program she became excited about the potential of emerging technologies to educate, entertain and inspire. As technologies like VR and AR develop, it is important for people to envision what kind of world we would like to see emerging from them, because we live in a time where we have the power to make that world come true. She has had the opportunity to work on many projects in the last few years and have seen firsthand how these technologies can bring people to places they could never have experienced otherwise, feed the hungry, help the disabled interface with the world, and much more. It is her hope that these technologies will reach their full potential to make the world a better place.