NASA is looking for developers to help them make a smartwatch app for astronauts

NASA’s humanoid robot [email protected] at work on the International Space Station. Image: NASA.

NASA is looking for developers to help it design a smartwatch app which can be used by astronauts when they’re in space.

The space agency enlisted Freelancer to crowdsource solutions for the International Space Station crew last month.

A bunch of the projects are for tools to be used by the first humanoid robot in space, Robonaut 2.

Time is reporting the next project is for a Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch app and that it will need to be able to do the following:

  1. Crew Timeline application: Will display an agenda view of the timeline as well as a way to easily navigate to another day in the past or future.
  2. Caution & Warnings application: Will display color coded cautions and warnings.
  3. Communication Status application: Will display whether or not the vehicle is currently able to communicate with the ground through either voice or video.
  4. Timers application: Will be able to set timers for procedures or until the next activity. This general design should direct attention to the appropriate information for a task and increase efficiency.
  5. Provide appropriate feedback to actions: Be legible on the smaller Samsung Gear screen – innovative representations of data displayed on a smartwatch are highly encouraged.

There’s more here.

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