Wearables fit for outer-space
Everything which the spacemen and women wear are crucial in allowing them to survive at Zero-G.
Many NASA space flights developments will somehow end up used on Earth as well. These are just a few of the numerous space-aged wearables which astronauts will start wearing now and in the near future.
Monitoring the Astronaut’s Health
To be able to monitor an astronaut’s health, scientists have created wearable health monitors. Astronauts from Mercury, Gemini and Apollo projects wore biosensors from either belt-like harness or full body biosuits which monitored the body’s temperature, blood pressure and heart rate.
NASA started to test Bluetooth heart rate monitors along with Google Glass during its space simulations on the Nasa Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) underwater facility in order to potentially use these devices in future ISS missions.
The Space watch
Yuri Gagarin wore a Sturmanskie, the first watch to go in space. Although the astronaut wore this one, the official watch for the famous moon landing was the Omega Speedmaster. People argue saying that actually, the Timex Datalink was the first smartwatch which was able to download information from a computer.
NASA worked alongside Microsoft to create the Speedmaster. It is the only watch which was certified for spacewalks and is worn by many astronauts.
In 2011, NASA called GoPro the official on-board camera and it is used on the International Space Station (ISS). Felix Baumgartner used it when the made his famous space jump. GoPro Hero 3 is compatible with different mounts, simply perfect when you want to have a steady action in zero gravity,
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British astronaut Tim Peake and other astronaut prefer to wear this space suit capable to connect to the internet. The suit won Best Mission Concept award in NASA’s International Space apps challenge.
The suit uses 3D printed elements and was designed to be not only comfortable but also practical. The integration of social networking will make it easier for tweeting from space and the board sleeve which will display weather updates from Earth will make the wearer feel at home. The suit is hand-sewn with a conductive thread which will carry data and power to the devices. Not to forget, the pocket has a 3D printer.
Although it sounds silly to have a mirror mounted on your wrist, in its simplicity it actually sounds effective. The mirror is used outside of the ISS by the astronauts in order to read the control unit mounted on their chest.
The helmet has won the People’s Choice award in NASA’s International Space apps challenge and was developed by Space Apps Valencia. The Space Helmet is an update to the present piece of astronaut kit and it includes an integrated smartphone screen designed to display the wearer’s vital signs.
The X1 Robotic Exoskeleton
Although it will not be remotely close to Tony Stark’s Ironman suit, NASA believes that the X1 Robotic Exoskeleton will maintain the astronaut healthier and even help people on Earth. The exoskeleton has four powered joints resembling the hips and knees, and it also has some passive joints for more flexibility. It will be worn over the legs alongside with a harness which reaches up the back and over the shoulders. It has two modes: the ‘inhibit’ mode for training and exercise; the other mode will give the wearer a boost when dealing with tricky terrain.
The Pip-Boy 3000 ‘ printed 3d
There was another entry in NASA’s challenge, the Pip-Boy 3000. It is a 3D printed version of it from the games Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas. It is a wrist-mounted device which will work with an iPhone and a Bluetooth connection in order to show environmental readings: temperature, radiation and atmospheric pressure.