Current Astronauts say that they spend every free minute observing planet Earth trough the windows at the International Space Station.
Windows at a spacestation will also be a very popular spot for future space tourists. Hours and hours will be spent just watching Earth from Orbit and making pictures & videos. Our research shows that space tourists at one point want to know what they are seeing in case the can’t recognise the parts of Earth without any additional geographical information or in case it is cloudy.
Design Question: How can an astronaut make sense of what he/she sees through the window to Earth and what information could help?
What if one of the windows at a space station has an additional augmented reality view (real-world-window + AR as overlay) to identify specific points on planet Earth:
other possible applications for Window to Earth:
- compare current view with historical map information to show how things have changed (rainforest decrease,…).
- show star constellations, location of other planets in the solar system (in case the window is not oriented to Earth).
- get feedback
- define applications & design AR-interface and button-usability (no accidental press!)
- build experience prototype