Microsoft HoloLens wins US Army contract

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The US Army has chosen Microsoft’s HoloLens as the basis for a $480 million contract to develop Augmented Reality devices.

Microsoft beat off competition from Magic Leap to win the contract. According to GamesIndustry.biz, HoloLens will form the technological basis of the US Army’s Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), designed to improve soldiers’ “Lethality, mobility, and situational awareness.”

It seems that the HoloLens-based IVAS should deliver the sort of HUD capabilities familiar to those who play futuristic first-person shooters. It will be designed to provide a set of goggles or visor which can overlay a HUD onto a soldier’s field of vision providing various combat assists, including remote viewing of weapon sights, thermal imaging, night vision and physical monitoring of the wearer.

A Microsoft spokesman told Bloomberg: “Augmented reality technology will provide troops with more and better information to make decisions. This new work extends our longstanding, trusted relationship with the Department of Defense to this new area.”

If you’re interested in finding out more about Microsoft’s HoloLens, head to its website.