But NASA researchers have now found an application where ours work superbly – to classify stars.
Researchers at Nasa and Goddard Space Flight Center have devised a new way to classify groups of stars from which there are observations. In the past, researchers have used more manual methods, even paper and pencil – which has led to the conclusions spreading between different research teams.
By creating a program based on databases of observations and a 3D VR simulator, researchers in VR homes can track around four million of the nearest stars in the Milky Way.
– Instead of looking at one database first and then another, why not just “fly” there and look at them? says researcher Susan Higashio in a statement on Nasa’s news site.
The research team presented their findings at the American Geophysical Union conference in December and before 2020 is over, they expect to publish a report.
But it doesn’t end there. The team has launched several different projects where not only star databases are incorporated into the virtual world. For just as many industries where you experiment with combining years (augmented reality / augmented reality) and ours, Nasa is looking at being able to use the systems in everything from design to education and maintenance work.
The work is far from finished, but the researchers expect to publish a first interim report shortly. But already they have officially released the software they used for their VR on Nasa’s Github site.