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Microsoft wins $480-million US Army contract

30 November, 2018, 07:33 | Author: Shawna Walton
  • HoloLens from above showing the visor and the headband

Microsoft has signed a $480m contract to supply 100,000 HoloLens augmented reality headsets to the U.S. military - literally doubling the number of HoloLenses that have been sold since its launch more than three years ago.

The augmented reality systems wouldn't be limited to only training, instead also being deployed on the battlefield. "This new work extends our longstanding, trusted relationship with the Department of Defense to this new area", a Microsoft spokesman said in an emailed statement. The upgrades required include adding night vision, thermal sensing, and the monitoring of vital signs of the wearer. Also known as the Integrated Visual Augmentation System, the government's description of the program states its objective is to "increase lethality by enhancing the ability to detect, decide and engage before the enemy".

HoloLens is an augmented reality headset that overlays virtual objects and information over the real world.

Mashable recently had the opportunity to Microsoft's HoloLens with its competitor Magic Leap. Instead of trying to appeal to consumers, Microsoft indicates that the 50,000 shifted units has been in the business sector. At that point this new version of HoloLens should also be ready for "full-scale production".

The US Army, and Israeli military, have already used the Microsoft HoloLens hardware in training but this large contract has now been announced as it foresees usage in live combat situations.

It is unclear how Microsoft will be able to provide all of that for less than it sells enterprise versions of the HoloLens, but knowing USA government expenditures, the $480 million was probably just a development fee with a future purchasing price yet to be determined.

Earlier this year, hundreds of Microsoft workers signed a petition criticizing a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that Microsoft had originally said included some of its AI software.

Later that month, Microsoft's President and Chief Legal Officer, Brad Smith, said the company would continue to sell software to the USA military.

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