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US Army Awards Microsoft $ 480 Million Contract To Use Hololens With Soldiers

By Tyler Fischer– December 1, 2018 1; worth $ 480 million – is specifically for the army's Integrated Visual Augmentation…

1; worth $ 480 million – is specifically for the army’s Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) program that will require Microsoft to develop prototype Holholen’s devices that will specifically help US soldiers in “lethality, mobility, and situational awareness.”

Der er et operationelt behov for IVAS-kapaciteten til at regain overmatch against peer an dare peer threats, as well as the need for improved training and simulation tools to provide the warfighter with the ability to train and rehearse using the same equipment used in actual operations, “reads the program’s official statement of goals.”

“Augmented reality technology will provide troops with more and better information to make decisions, “said a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement given to Bloomberg. “This new work extends our longstanding, trusted relationship with the Department of Defense to this new area.”

Basically, the goal of this program is to create a visor of kinds that can produce a HUD that has features that can help US soldiers in combat. The device would require a specific mixed reality training protocol, and aid in combat by providing information to the solider, such as their heart rate, and by allowing for things like thermal vision.

According to the US Army, the program will begin to deal out a limited amount of these new headsets over a 24-month period. This period will essentially serve as a prototype / testing phase before a finished product is rolled out within the US Army by the end of 2020.

As you may know, this is not the first time the US Army has dabbled in this space. It has notable been using VR technology for quite sometime for a variety of purposes. This new contract just further indicates its intention to expand and explore the mixed reality space even more.

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