How'd you like to design a smartwatch app for astronauts?

The smartwatch fad could soon extend into space.

NASA is showing its interest in smartwatches, and trying to court designers with an app-interface challenge. According to guidelines posted on, the NASA Smartwatch App Challenge will give app makers the chance to design the general user interface for a smartwatch application for use on the International Space Station.

Participants in the challenge do not have to actually create the app, but rather design the user interface and present their work in the form of image wireframes. The winner will receive $1,500, and participants are asked to use the Samsung Gear 2 as a hardware reference for their design.

Submitted designs must include an agenda view of the crew’s timeline, color coded warnings and alerts, a status indicator to show if the ISS is currently communicating with ground control in real time and a timer to allow astronauts to time procedures and activities.

Entries for the challenge must be in by Sept. 12.

About the Author

Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.


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