This research can have immediate application to ISS operations because there are several iPads already on ISS and a Microsoft HoloLens on its way. We will use ISS procedures as test cases for this project. We will work closely with a variety of NASA personnel who are working on next generation procedure displays. We also see applications to robotic missions including control of NASA's R2 and R5 robots and robots on other planetary surfaces. PRIDE is being evaluated for use in ground operators for the Resource Prospector robotic mission to the moon being jointly developed by NASA JSC and ARC. Ground operations personnel are currently evaluating PRIDE and this technology would be able to assist them in their operations. We also have a close relationship with the Autonomous Mission Operations TOCA Autonomous Operations Project (AMO-TOCA)being tested on-board ISS. This could serve as a potential Phase~III testbed on ISS. Finally, we have connections to the Human Research Program (HRP) at NASA and will work with those personnel to identify applications, including analog test environments, for this work. We will meet with all of these individuals in Phase~I to determine their requirements and use cases for augmented reality.
TRACLabs is already selling PRIDE as a commercial product with oil field services company Baker Hughes as a launch customer. Baker Hughes is field-testing PRIDE at several sites world-wide before deployment in actual operations in mid-2016. PRIDE is proving automation assistance to drilling operations. Augmented reality would immediately increase the effectiveness of the PRIDE software in drilling operations by providing assistance in performing complex and dangerous procedures. TRACLabs expects additional customers in the oil and gas industry will deploy PRIDE once it has been proven effective by Baker Hughes. TRACLabs also sees application of this technology in the automotive manufacturing area. TRACLabs performed a small pilot project for automotive supplier Magna (second largest in the world with 285 manufacturing facilities and over 125,000 employees) on flexible robotic assembly. This was successful, and after a tour of several Magna manufacturing facilities in North America, TRACLabs personnel are negotiating a follow-on contract for research and development. Augmented reality would be used to assign personnel on the manufacturing floor in performing their tasks and validating their work. We expect other manufacturing companies to be interested as well. Sierra Nevada Corporation has also purchased PRIDE licenses for use in their Dream Chaser program, which was recently selected to deliver cargo to ISS.