The general idea is to create a system for individual solders that use infrared and low-light detectors to give them greater visibility on the battlefield. "This new work extends our longstanding, trusted relationship with the DoD to this new area".
The US Army encouraged non-traditional military suppliers like Microsoft, Magic Leap and others to bid on the contract. The company will be selling more than 100,00 HoloLens headsets to the Army as part of the new deal, according to Bloomberg. In a document shared with companies bidding on the contract, the Army said it wanted to incorporate night vision and thermal sensing, measure vital signs like breathing and "readiness", monitor for concussions and offer hearing protection. Microsoft's HoloLens is one of the few, but companies like Google, Apple and Samsung are rumored to be working on their own.
HoloLens is an augmented reality headset that overlays virtual objects and information over the real world. Specifically, the contract will see Microsoft provide the US Army with prototype HoloLens devices that can "increase lethality by enhancing the ability to detect, decide and engage before the enemy", a government description of the program reads. The government contract is asking Microsoft to provide 100,000 units. Microsoft will reportedly release a new, cheaper model in early 2019. HoloLens is aimed more at developers and enterprise users rather than consumers.
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While the U.S. Army already uses Microsoft's HoloLens devices in training, this latest development would bring the headsets onto the battleground and into live combat.
The company will also need to be ready to go into full-scale production. Microsoft employees recently signed a petition criticizing its contract with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In response Microsoft's President and Chief Legal Officer, Brad Smith, wrote about possibly relocating various employees with ethical qualms over some projects. "In the most positive way possible, we are going to work to help shape it".
Military and policing contracts can be thorny for tech companies to deal with.