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Microsoft HoloLens gets US$480M contract for special combat variant

Microsoft is developing a military-capable version of HoloLens. (Source: Microsoft)
Microsoft is developing a military-capable version of HoloLens. (Source: Microsoft)
The US Army looks set to take augmented reality headsets into battle with a special variant of the Microsoft HoloLens. The US$480 million contract will see Microsoft bring night vision and other state-of-the-art technology to its headset with a view to giving soldiers the edge on the battlefield.
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Microsoft’s bet on HoloLens looks to be paying off. Already starting to make inroads into enterprise, the Redmond giant has just scored a US$480 million contract for a custom variant of the augmented reality headset which they definitely won’t be using to play Minecraft. The custom variant will be designed to “increase lethality by enhancing the ability to detect, decide and engage before the enemy,” meaning that future soldiers will be taking these into the battlefield.

According to Bloomberg, the US Army and the Israeli military have already been trialling the HoloLens in training. Currently priced at US$5000 each for the standard model, the military version will be upgraded with night vision capabilities, thermal sensing, will offer hearing protection and will be able to measure vital signs including a soldier’s combat readiness. It will be like playing a futuristic video game, but with real life or death consequences.

Bloomberg reports that should everything go according to plan, the military order may end up totaling over 100,000 units. Tenders that Microsoft beat out for the military contract included Magic Leap. Currently, Microsoft is said to have sold around 50,000 HoloLens headsets where they have been successfully deployed by companies to speed up the development and design process.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1229 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-11-29 (Update: 2018-11-29)