The US Army called on non-traditional military suppliers like Microsoft, Magic Leap and others to bid on the contract. It…
The US Army called on non-traditional military suppliers like Microsoft, Magic Leap and others to bid on the contract. It would have a device that could allow night vision, the ability to measure breathing and other vital signs, offer ear protection and monitor for signs of brain injury. It is not yet clear how Microsoft will provide these opportunities to the Hollands.
“Augmented reality technology will provide troops more and better information for making decisions. The new work extends our long-standing and trustworthy relationship with the defense ministry to this new area,” Microsoft told Bloomberg in one statement.
The headset has never really been sold as a consumer product, but it is popular with companies for manufacturing, training, marketing and other purposes. It has also been used by ISS astronauts (above) for training and troubleshooting work.
Only about 50,000 units have been sold so far, according to a new Microsoft video. By contrast, the US Army can buy as many as 100,000 headsets, mainly trip sales. Currently, HoloLens is running $ 3000 for developers or $ 5,000 for businesses to use commercially. Microsoft will report releasing a new and cheaper model in early 2019. In any case, the US Army is not exactly known for paying retail prices, and the contract will undoubtedly include software development and other services.
Google was strongly criticized, especially by its employees, for its Maven AI military contract project and chose to forward a $ 10 billion Pentagon AI Cloud contract by the principal. It is not clear if Microsoft will get the same type of pushback on the contract to deliver Hololens units, which will be used in live combat. Microsoft employees have recently signed an application that criticizes the agreement with the United States Immigration and Customs Procedure (ICE).
Microsoft recently said that the company would not stop selling software to the US military. President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith wrote last month that employees with ethical problems could change projects.
“We have estimated that no military in the world wants to wake up to find out that machines have started a war” he said. “But we can not expect these new developments to be handled wisely if the people in the technology industry who feel most of the technology are pulling out of the conversation.”