There have been a lot of rumors and a fair share of controversy around Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 partnership with the US Army. Through previews, there have been plenty of bumps in the road, but now the company is finally delivering its HoloLens headsets.
According to Bloomberg, Microsoft is shipping a batch of “high tech combat goggles” to the US military. Known as Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), the technology is essentially tweaked versions of the HoloLens and HoloLens 2.
The location data from soldiers over a tactical range to provide visualizations of where other soldiers in a squadron are. This will be valuable in low-visibility situations such as in smoke, sandstorms, or jungle.
To get to this stage, there have been plenty of issues. Back in March, we reported on Microsoft’s concern that its $22bn HoloLens contract with the U.S. Army is not going to plan. Reports suggested the US Army was preparing to change the terms of the contract and take fewer devices.
However, after a mostly successful test in the spring, the military is now ready to take delivery of the first batch of devices. The deal states Microsoft must provide 120,000 IVAS equipped HoloLens 2 devices.
Microsoft has also faced pushback from its own employees over the contract. Arguments against the deal focused on how HoloLens would be used to train soldiers and eventually lead to deaths. Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella stood firm against the protests.
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