Microsoft HoloLens 2 US Army

Photo credit: US Army via The Verge
Microsoft won a $480-million contract to supply prototypes for augmented reality systems to the US Army for use on combat missions and in training back in November. This contract could eventually lead to the military purchasing over 100,000 headsets and is intended to “increase lethality by enhancing the ability to detect, decide and engage before the enemy.” Here’s a first look at how these special HoloLens 2 headsets look. “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,” said a Microsoft spokesman said in an email statement. Read more for another video and additional information.

“There’s a heads-up display that can show your exact compass heading just above your field of view and your position on a virtual map relative to your squadmates, not to mention a video game-like virtual reticle to show the direction you’re aiming a gun — and that FLIR thermal camera lets the headset double as a set of thermal / night vision goggles to see foes through bushes and smoke,” reports The Verge.