Microsoft’s Holoens project has been a bit of a gimmick, with impressive demos showing Minecraft running on a table top, but the product has never made it in to the hands of consumers. Microsoft have now found a new use for the device but probably not what the designers had in mind.
Bloomberg have reported the company has just won a $480 million contract for augmented reality systems which will be used by the U.S. Army in training and combat missions. The headsets will allow soldiers to “increase lethality by enhancing the ability to detect, decide and engage before the enemy.”
Now we could get in to all sorts of discussions about this, why not arm the soldiers with the best equipment to help them win a battle, but it does seem a big step from Minecraft.
The Army have requested a few upgrades including “night vision and thermal sensing, measure vital signs like breathing and “readiness,” monitor for concussions and offer hearing protection”. The order instantly makes the Army the biggest consumer of Hololens.