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NASA wants your help designing a smartwatch app

by Brandon Russell | August 15, 2015August 15, 2015 1:00 pm PDT

Have a knack for designing beautiful and functional apps? NASA wants your help.

The agency launched a new contest calling for smartwatch app submissions. And in addition to giving $1,500 to the top design, astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) will actually use the app. In the process, you’ll get bragging rights to say your smartphone app is literally out of this world. Get it?

An outline of what the app needs has been provided by NASA, which you can see below.

1. Crew Timeline application: Will display an agenda view of the timeline as well as a way to easily navigate to another day in the past or future.

2. Caution & Warnings application: Will display color coded cautions and warnings.

3. Communication Status application: Will display whether or not the vehicle is currently able to communicate with the ground through either voice or video.

4. Timers application: Will be able to set timers for procedures or until the next activity. This general design should direct attention to the appropriate information for a task and increase efficiency.

5. Provide appropriate feedback to actions: Be legible on the smaller Samsung Gear screen – innovative representations of data displayed on a smartwatch are highly encouraged.

NASA instructs potential entrants to use the Samsung Gear 2 as a hardware reference for the design, and submit it in JPEG or PNG. Remember, this contest is for the design of a single app—you’re not actually building the app yourself.

The contest will be open for one month, so get on it. As of this writing, only 6 entries have been submitted, but I’m sure many more people will be entered over the coming weeks.

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Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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