Compact Localized Augmented Work Station (C.L.A.W.S)
CLAWS is our entry for the NASA SUITS challenge, where we are tasked with designing an VR/AR spacesuit interface using the Microsoft Hololens. The team is a collection of students from a variety of backgrounds, including Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, and Information Science. This diverse team is one of 12 that will go to Johnson Space Center in April to work with NASA to improve and test our design.
A key component of this project will be testing out design out to see if it does indeed make it much easier to perform the necessary tasks an astronaut needs to do. We will be using a full airlock mockup to simulate tests while wearing the Hololens and a suit that minizimizes dexterity, modelling a real spacesuit. These tests will allows us to gauge the utility of our design and correct any flaws before we head to JSC for our testing with NASA.
In addition to the developing the design, we also are required to perform outreach activities. We will be working with the Michigan Engineering Zone(MEZ) to demonstrate to middle and high school students the importance of human factors and spacesuit design in an effort to give back to the community. We also will be connecting with students in other ways, such as through Aerospace Day. This is a biannual event where students from schools across the Ann Arbor area visit the campus and interact with Aerospace students and organizations.
Meet The Team
Rosie Van Alsburg