NASA’s IT Labs, which aims to solve IT problems in the agency, recently released its 2012-2013 annual report, detailing more than 20 current and upcoming projects based on three challenges: working from anywhere, seamless collaboration of infrastructure and bringing a device to work.
“This past year, IT Labs has gained more notoriety within NASA resulting in a larger review panel and more project submissions in the annual project call,” NASA Chief Technology Officer for IT Sasi Pillay wrote in the report.
One of the projects includes the development of a gesture interface for the office environment. The project uses Microsoft Kinect to follow movements or voice that will react in Microsoft Office applications.
“This is generating an exciting discussion of the future of computer interaction and how we can create an aware and integrated office environment without creating custom hardware,” said Allan Stillwell, who acted as the project’s leader.
One project addressing the work-anywhere theme focused on how NASA workers remotely could access applications requiring personal identity verification. The project evaluated the Thursby PKard reader and its application for correct verification of identification.
The project allowed the team to take early mobile personal identity verification and quickly get it in the hands of a diverse group of NASA users, said Ridley DiSiena, the project lead.
Upcoming endeavors by IT Labs include applying big data analysis tools using cloud infrastructure and developing a cyber-threat detector.