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December 15, 2014

Google Glass blasts off to International Space Station

It will be assessed as an augmented reality device in the preflight integration and post-flight operations.

By CBR Staff Writer

Google Glass will fly as part of a package to the International Space Station (ISS), onboard the SpaceX launch from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida tomorrow.

The mission, being carried out by Kentucky Space (KS) alongside the Tufts University’s Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology, is aimed at assessing the regeneration methods of planarian flatworms in the microgravity space environment.

Though Google Glass is not part of the original mission, it will be assessed as an augmented reality device in the preflight integration and post-flight operations.

Kentucky Space said in a statement: "This is part of a process leading to the utilisation Google Glass as a human interface with KS technology and experiments on the ISS in 2015."

"In addition to Google, KS is working with Interapt, a Google at Work Certified Partner headquartered in Louisville, KY, on this novel project."

However, the latest mission is claimed to assist scientists make use of Google Glass as a human interface with Kentucky Space research on the ISS next year.

BMW has also kicked off a pilot to deploy Google Glass in improving quality assurance of its cars by deploying it for final vehicle assembly.

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