Designed as an AR headset for industrial purposes, the Microsoft Hololens will now be utilized by the US army for mixed reality combat purposes. The headset has never been designed for consumer purposes, instead focusing on enterprises related to manufacturing, training, marketing, and other purposes. This makes the jump to the US Army quite easy as the headset already comes optimized for practical purposes, rather than use as an entertainment device.
Microsoft is expecting the US Army to purchase as many as 100,000 headsets, essentially tripling sales of the device. In terms of mixed reality combat, the Hololens will be used to provide troops with more and better information, including night vision capabilities, breath measurement, monitoring vitals, hearing protection, and observing signs of concussions. The US Army hopes to eventually use the Hololens in live combat but will first have to develop their own software for these purposes.
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