In November, we found out that Microsoft won a $ 479 million contract for supplying the US Army with a HoloLens-enhanced version of the headset, a move that its Microsoft employees condemned in February this year, prompting Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella to answer.
Now, for the first time, we see that these hundreds of millions of dollars have actually been bought.
CNBC received an exclusive look at the early design of the Integrated Visual Enlargement System (IVAS), which turned out to be a modified version of the new HoloLens 2 for Soldiers. Physically, it looks almost identical to a commercial headset ̵
But this is precisely what is in the glasses, and this suggests that CNBC reports that this prototype of the upcoming war is that first person shooters have been imagining for many years. The main display shows the exact compass header above your field of view and your location on the virtual map of your interlocutors, not to mention a virtual grid similar to video games to show the direction on which you direct the pistol – and that FLIR The heat camera allows the dual headset as a set of thermal / night vision glasses to see enemies through the bushes and smoke.
Here is our video of the normal version of HoloLens 2, for comparison:
is quite clear from the CNBC report – which contains an interview with both army officers and soldiers – that the headset is a very instrumental tool for war, which you expect that it will probably not ease the concern of employees who believe that Microsoft should not be that way. line of work.
At first, the US Army required several thousand headsets, although Reuters later reported that more than 100,000 troops could be bought by the military. The army told CNBC that it hopes to bring it to "thousands and thousands of soldiers in full force" in 2022, and will expand it to 2028.
You can read the full story of CNBC here. Interestingly, here's a huge document that shows that the army hopes this headset will be achieved: