Microsoft orders 120,000 military AR headsets based on “HoloLens 2”

Microsoft has yet to finalize the deal for the US Department of Defense’s $ 10 billion cloud project, JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure). However, this does not mean that defense-related projects have not produced results. As the latest result of the business with the military, Microsoft announced on March 31 that the US Army headset “IVAS (Integrated Visual Augmentation System)” based on “HoloLens 2” will be in the stage of trial production, mass production and deployment. Announced to enter.

Provided by: Microsoft Army has already ordered 120,000 units of this augmented reality (AR) headset, and the total contract amount could reach up to $ 21.88 billion in 10 years. , Microsoft says. Microsoft has been working with the Army on the development of IVAS for the last few years. In 2018, it announced that it had won a two-year contract to develop a prototype of the IVAS headset for $ 480 million (about 55 billion yen at the rate at that time). This IVAS will also utilize the cloud service “Microsoft Azure” based on HoloLens technology. According to an Army press release on the deal, IVAS aims to improve situational awareness, allowing soldiers to engage in combat, rehearsals, and training on a single platform. IVAS provides a high-sensitivity night and heat sensor that soldiers can carry, embedded in the display. Furthermore, according to the Army, IVAS will also utilize mixed reality (MR) and machine learning to create a “training environment that utilizes extremely realistic MRs.”