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  1. #1 Microsoft wins $22 billion U.S. Army contract for augmented reality headsets. 
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    The U.S. Army is spending significant cash on some remarkable technology for battlefield capabilities involving the use of high-tech headsets (or goggles), which provide unique visual (and audio) data to soldiers during combat and recon (1). It better be good since these are our troops and spending all that money better work out for them, big time.

    This new technology for the Army is better known as an "Integrated Visual Augmentation System" (2), and quoting from this link : IVAS can "provide infantry with an augmented reality headset, which would help to see right through walls".

    IVAS is capable of receiving real-time data from various fixed and mobile acquisition systems for a given combat location and feeding it into the headsets, providing audio-visual "augmentation" about enemy positions and other threats, terrain, buildings, and potentially a host of additional data, offering an enormous advantage to combat soldiers as never before (3).

    Augmented reality also appears advantageous to many other applications as well (4). Quoting from (4) :

    "The primary value of augmented reality is the manner in which components of the digital world blend into a person's perception of the real world, not as a simple display of data, but through the integration of immersive sensations, which are perceived as natural parts of an environment."

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    Looks pretty wild.





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