US soldiers no longer feel sick from Microsofts tactical AR

US soldiers no longer feel sick from Microsoft’s tactical AR glasses after the upgrade

The advanced tactical augmented reality glasses IVAS 1.2 based on the Microsoft HoloLens AR headset have successfully passed the first round of intensive testing by US soldiers. Now Microsoft has received an order for another batch to carry out decisive combat tests in 2025, writes Bloomberg, citing a representative of the US Department of Defense.

    Image source: Courtney Bacon/US Army

Image source: Courtney Bacon/US Army

The first 20 prototypes of the IVAS 1.2 headset were delivered in late July, and in late August two teams of soldiers tested its reliability, low-light performance and ease of use, as the previous version of the headset caused attacks of nausea and dizziness.

Devices based on the Microsoft HoloLens mixed reality headset “demonstrated improvements in reliability, sensor low-light performance and form factor“During testing last month at Fort Drum, New York, and.”The soldiers’ feedback was positive“said David Patterson, spokesman for the US Department of Defense, in an email to Bloomberg.

On Sept. 5, the Pentagon awarded a new contract to supply tactical headsets and assessed Microsoft’s ability to produce large quantities of devices, Patterson said, without disclosing the contract amount or the number of headsets to be delivered.

Microsoft’s new tactical AR pre-production glasses will undergo intensive combat testing between April and June 2025. If successful, the headset will receive a $21.9 billion contract for the U.S. Army, covering 121,000 units, spare parts and support services over 10 years.

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