It’s a partnership that has generated a lot of talk. In November 2018, the US military signed a contract with Microsoft to supply HoloLens Augmented Reality (AR) headsets for its soldiers. Total cost of surgery: $ 480 million. Night vision, thermal imaging, measurement of vital signs, these devices can prove very useful for the military on the battlefield.
This transaction had been heavily criticized within the company and employees had asked Redmond to terminate the contract. A request that was decidedly rejected by the company’s management.
“An extremely promising job”
Apparently the US Army does not intend to stop there in the AR area. We are actually coming learn that she tested augmented reality glasses for dogs. On the surface, this experiment might cause a smile, but it is very serious and could prove very useful too.
In the field, canines are particularly used to detect explosives or to find potential targets in dangerous environments. In normal times, the latter obey their masters, but this mechanically limits the mobility of the dog, which must remain near the soldier.
By equipping the animal with augmented reality glasses, this problem disappears. The device transmits live images and can thus receive remote commands. At the same time, it is possible to follow the latter in action without exposing yourself to danger.
At the moment it is only a project, but it seems to be advanced enough for the Army to consider it appropriate to communicate on the matter. Command Sight is developing this prototype, and research funding will be provided by the U.S. Army, which oversees operations.
The development continues and two more years should still be necessary. Command Sight’s CEO AJ Peper is definitely very optimistic and qualifies this work. ” extremely promising “.