Microsoft will ship 120,000 copies of a modified version of the HoloLens 2 to the US military. Microsoft and the military have announced this. Among other things, soldiers must be able to see better in the dark with the AR headset.
The AR headset should also make soldiers in the Close Combat Force more aware of their entire environment, the army says . Microsoft and the armed forces call the HoloLens system for the military an Integrated Visual Augmentation System, IVAS. It is a modified version of the headset that has been available for all companies for some time now.
Microsoft does not release details of what has changed, but the mention of night vision indicates that the glasses are equipped with an infrared camera to see more in the dark. Microsoft and the military have been working together for a few years .
In addition to scanning the environment, the glasses have another application. The headset must be able to estimate a soldier’s health status based on at least the breathing rate. In addition, the headset must offer protection against hearing damage and monitor whether the wearer suffers a concussion, according to the announcement in 2018. The contract for Microsoft is worth a total of 22 billion dollars.