Vital Signs: Wrestling With a Wearable HAL

Wireless Augmented Reality Prototype (WARP) is a wearable audio-visual computer access system that would relay what an astronaut says, her vital signs, and a video of what she’s working on to a central computer that could then send the information to ground controllers or family back home. In turn, the astronaut would have access to her vital signs, as well as those of the spacecraft, along with the entire spacecraft owner’s manual, all in plain view on a tiny computer screen affixed to her headset. While WARP is not yet a complete reality — a working model has been tested in an International Space Station (ISS) simulator at the Johnson Space Center — it is expected to one day be used on the ISS and in shuttles, then later on Mars.