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How Will the U.S. Military Use the Hololens on the Front Line?

December 6, 2018

In the near future, U.S. soldiers could be relying on Microsoft’s mixed reality Hololens technology to give them the edge. Last week, Bloomberg News reported that Microsoft had won a US $480 million contract from the U.S. Army for prototypes of a system that could result in the Army ordering 100,000 headsets, potentially for use in active combat.

IEEE Spectrum’s Stephen Cass asked David Krum, associate director of the MxR Lab at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), about how the technology might be used more widely. Though ICT is a U.S. Department of Defense-sponsored research center that studies immersive technologies, the Institute is not involved with the latest Hololens initiative.

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