Microsoft is designing a wearable technology based on HoloLens for delivery to the US military. The company shared some details about this in a blog post.
The IT giant plans to deliver up to 120,000 titles to the military over the next 10 years. According to CNBC, a $ 21.88 billion deal has been signed for this. Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) titles will be based on HoloLens and powered by Microsoft Azure cloud services. It will have a head-up display that can display high-resolution night, thermal and soldier sensor data.
Microsoft says IVAS devices will provide a platform to make soldiers safer and more efficient. “The program provides enhanced situational awareness that enables information sharing and decision-making in different scenarios,” the company said. said. “Microsoft has worked closely with the US military for the past two years, and together we developed Soldier Centric Design to enable rapid product prototyping to provide Soldiers with the tools and capabilities needed to perform their duties. feed.
“The system also uses augmented reality and machine learning to provide a realistic mixed reality training environment so that the Close Combat Force (CCF) can practice before encountering an enemy,” said a statement from the US military. statement has taken place.
Microsoft has been working with the US military since 2018, after signing its first $ 479 million contract to develop Hololens-based headsets. However, the news has met with criticism from the company’s employees. The company also won a $ 10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract in late 2020 to revitalize the cloud network in the Pentagon, but this victory faced many legal challenges.
HoloLens hasn’t undergone a major change since the second-generation headset launched in 2019. However, a new HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition was announced in February 2021, which is expected to hit the market soon. Microsoft said this new title could be used by businesses to provide expert advice remotely, provide interactive 3-D tutorials to ease task completion, and facilitate employee training. These use cases can also be turned over to the US military.