US Army soldiers will soon wear Microsoft's HoloLens AR goggles in combat

Who knew the Holo Lens could be born to kill

Who knew the Holo Lens could be born to kill

The custom variant will be created 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. The contract, which could eventually lead to the military purchasing over 100,000 headsets, is meant to "increase lethality by enhancing the ability to detect, decide and engage before the enemy", according to a government description of the program.

HoloLens is an augmented reality headset that overlays virtual objects and information over the real world. "This new work extends our longstanding, trusted relationship with the DoD to this new area".

The US Army, and Israeli military, have already used the Microsoft HoloLens hardware in training but this large contract has now been announced as it foresees usage in live combat situations.

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SEE ALSO: Porgs make Magic Leap fun. It wanted a device that could allow for night vision, the ability to measure breathing and other vital signs, offer hearing protection and monitor for signs of concussion. The technology industry's cooperation with the US military and law enforcement has become increasingly tense over the past year, with employees at companies like Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Amazon.com Inc. pushing back against government contracts. Microsoft employees recently signed a petition criticizing its contract with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). "When we made a decision to work at Microsoft, we were doing so in the hopes of "empowering every person on the planet to achieve more", not with the intent of ending lives and enhancing lethality", the letter reads. In response Microsoft's President and Chief Legal Officer, Brad Smith, wrote about possibly relocating various employees with ethical qualms over some projects.

Microsoft recently said, however, that the company would not stop selling software to the USA military.

"As is always the case, if our employees want to work on a different project or team-for whatever reason-we want them to know we support talent mobility". At that point this new version of HoloLens should also be ready for "full-scale production".

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