US soldiers will soon wear Microsoft's HoloLens AR goggles in action
Microsoft won a $ 480 million contract to supply more than 100,000 HoloLens augmented reality headsets to the US military, reports Bloomberg.
Uses? The Army plans to use helmets for combat missions and training. The technology will be adapted to incorporate night vision, thermal sensing, provide hearing protection, monitor concussions and measure vital signs such as breathing and "physical availability". The MagicLeap patent attorney company has also bid for the contract, according to Bloomberg.
A first: HoloLens is already used by the US and Israeli military forces for training, but this is the first time it has been used for real combat. This is another example of how organizations are adopting much more enthusiasm than consumers.
Tensions: The agreement is good news for Microsoft, which overtook Apple yesterday to become the most valuable company in the world. However, this contract could have a negative impact – and it is just as likely that it comes from Microsoft employees themselves rather than external groups. The relationship between the technology sector and the US military has tended over the past year as Amazon, Google and Microsoft employees have protested their company's offers for power contracts. public. The solution? Last month, Microsoft President Brad Smith announced that Microsoft staff members would be worried.
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