Published on November 9th, 2020 | by Emergent Enterprise0
US Soldiers Could Be Wearing These Militarized AR Headsets In The Field By 2021
The fact that the US Army is purchasing 40,000 Microsoft Hololens units says a lot about their confidence in the technology. This post at VR Scout by Kyle Melnick gives us an idea of the many advantages the Army will have courtesy augmented reality headsets. Military objectives and processes can be very similar to business procedures and the overlap is quite evident here. AR provides insights that ordinarily are difficult or even impossible to obtain. AR provides realtime information that allows team leaders and members to make more educated decisions. Like the military, the business world is realizing that equipping their users with super powers like night vision and much more is gamechanging.
Image credit: US Army
Referred to as the Integrated Visual Augmentation System, these militarized Microsoft HoloLens headsets feature a variety of tactical overlays designed to increase a soldiers effectiveness in the field. This includes a weapons sights view, compass direction, night and thermal sights, friendly and enemy positions, and other useful heads-up information.
“I can see where my entire platoon is projected on a map, and for me as a platoon leader, that’s amazing, because there’s a lot of guesswork that goes out the window,” said Lt. Nicholas Christopher, a member of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, who tested the IVAS alongside roughly 1,000 other participants. “There’s a lot of verbal communication over radios that I don’t have to do anymore. It’s very solid. I can see how this is going to make a great impact on the way we fight.”
In addition to the above mentioned features, the IVAS can also be used during the mission planning phase, allowing users to upload a 3D terrain map which can be captured and downloaded quickly after a brief recon outing or drone scan. Speaking of drones, test participants in recent outings even used the goggles in tandem with micro-drones, allowing them to perform remote reconnaissance missions which they could view through the headset in real-time.