Vision

a wearable camera designed for astronauts

 Concept / Group Project

Spring 2016

In collaboration with NASA wearable technology lab
 

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What?

Vision is a wearable garment that improves the interaction between a camera module and user during an experiment.

Vision helps astronauts gain efficiency and produce more detailed documentation with a first person, hands-free video and audio experience. 

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Problem

Aboard the International Space Station, astronauts regularly perform experiments in tight spaces and with a plethora of tools and technology. Astronauts are required to document each experiment with a video camera. However, the current camera system is large, requires astronauts to pause an experiment to adjust focus, and is not wall mountable or remotely controllable. 

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What's on the market?

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GoPro has given astronauts the chance to use their line of mobile cameras aboard the ISS.  At this time, GoPro’s mounting systems are not hands free, nor are they aesthetically pleasing, quick to put on, and comfortable.  Furthermore, the mounting systems are designed for high-action activities, thus resulting in a more utilitarian and secure setup.  In microgravity, this is unnecessary. 

Prototyping and testing

We started out making prototypes based on surveys we conducted on placement and comfort level, the prototypes are separated into three groups, the camera module, the head band and the garment. With intense testing and prototyping came with a lot of back and forth to find out what the best idea is and what best fit the need of the astronauts on board the ISS.

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Final Prototypes

Three parts are created to work together

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Camera module features:
slim body 
male part of the Fidlock system
micro teeth velcro
that works with velcro onboard the ISS

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Headband features:
sweat proof quilted fabric
breathable neoprene
female Fidlock

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Garment features:
sweat proof quilted fabric
breathable neoprene
sensor pad

How it works

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Put on the headband, bring the camera module close to the headband and the magnetic Fidlock brings the camera in place

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Garment acts as a controller for the camera, with a simple tap using your elbow on the sensor pad, you activate the camera. The garment gives the user haptic feedback to indicate the camera is turned on.

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