The next war will not be fought only in the air, sea, and on land, but in cyberspace, space, and even in augmented reality. Recently, Microsoft announced it will begin moving from the prototype phase to production and rapid fielding of its HoloLens augmented reality system for the U.S. Army. The program will provide enhanced situational awareness, enabling information sharing and assisted decision making in a variety of scenarios. Read Microsoft’s full write up of the technology below:
The United States Army announced that it will work with Microsoft on the production phase of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) program as it moves from rapid prototyping to production and rapid fielding.
The IVAS headset, based on HoloLens and augmented by Microsoft Azure cloud services, delivers a platform that will keep Soldiers safer and make them more effective. The program delivers enhanced situational awareness, enabling information sharing and decision-making in a variety of scenarios. Microsoft has worked closely with the U.S. Army over the past two years, and together we pioneered Soldier Centered Design to enable rapid prototyping for a product to provide Soldiers with the tools and capabilities necessary to achieve their mission.
We appreciate the partnership with the U.S. Army, and are thankful for their continued trust in transitioning IVAS from rapid prototyping to rapid fielding. We look forward to building on this successful partnership with the men and women of the U.S. Army Close Combat Force.