Xybernaut® Corporation, the leader in mobile wearable computing and wireless communications, today announced that it has been chosen to provide its Mobile Assistant® wearable computers for the 2001 Haughton-Mars Project (HMP).
Heavily funded through NASA and the non-profit SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) Institute, this research project is dedicated to the exploration of the planet Mars.
Xybernaut equipment will help the proto-Mars explorers of the HMP learn to use hands-free computing environments in exploration field work, and will be used as processing nodes for the delivery of video and high resolution imaging from the field site to remote operations centers.
Xybernaut’s video capability will also be used for two-way conferencing and audio conferencing between remote field parties. Researchers will also test ways to integrate the MA IV into several prototype `Mars suits’ built by Hamilton-Sundstrand, the makers of spacesuits for NASA.
“Xybernaut equipment will help pioneer human exploration of Mars,” said Dr. Pascal Lee, Project Scientist on the Haughton-Mars Project. “HMP scientists are convinced that Xybernaut devices are the ones they want for their field work, since Xybernaut makes the best and most industrially robust wearable computing systems available. We need relatively high processor speed and memory, which the Xybernaut devices have. Wearable computers may be the future not only for Mars expeditions, but for many future space missions.”
“Xybernaut has long believed in the infinite utility of wearable computers,” said Edward G. Newman, President and CEO of Xybernaut. “Our Mobile Assistant is ideally designed for the demands of space travel and exploration. We look forward to pushing the boundaries of Mars exploration with the Haughton-Mars team.”
The research project is being staged on Devon Island, located in northern Canada within the Arctic Circle. It has the distinction of being the world’s largest completely uninhabited island. It is one of the best sites on earth that mirrors some of the extreme conditions of Mars.