NASA asking developers to build smartwatch app for astronauts, winner gets $1500

From smartphones to Google's Project Tango, NASA has always embraced the advancements in mobile tech. Now, it has announced a new contest to design a smartwatch app that will be used by International Space Station (ISS).

From smartphones to Google's Project Tango, NASA has always embraced the advancements in mobile tech. Now, it has announced a new contest to design a smartwatch app that will be used by International Space Station (ISS). It will be used like a general user interface for smartwatch applications onboard the ISS.

The contest is being hosted along with Freelancer.com and the person designing the best app will win $1500. Freelancer.com has penned down briefly about what NASA is looking forward to in the app. For instance, the app should help keep the astronauts more organised as well as safe. So, the app should be able to send warnings and danger alerts. It will need a timer and a way to display calendars and agendas.

It should also be able to display whether or not the vehicle is able to communicate with the ground using wither voice or video. "Design should be for a single app with multiple functions (not separate apps). This general design should: - Direct attention to the appropriate information for a task and increase efficiency - Provide appropriate feedback to actions - Be legible on the smaller Samsung Gear screen," Freelancer states.

So far, it has received nine entries. Those interested in participating can join the contest here.

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