The U.S. Army has awarded Microsoft a contract worth up to USD22 billion for mixed reality headsets. The Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) program is aiming to help soldiers map the battlefield, select targets, and stay aware of possible threats by overlaying intelligence information directly onto their field of vision.
According to the blog post from Alex Kipman from Microsoft, “The program delivers enhanced situational awareness, enabling information sharing and decision-making in a variety of scenarios.”
The news coming from Microsoft did not surprise us, for years, technology enthusiasts believed that AR and Mixed Reality is to revolutionize the way businesses are conducted.
Of course, this announcement did not come out of nowhere. Microsoft has been working on IVAS program prototype since 2018 when a USD480M contract was won. Now their announcement marks the transition from prototyping to producing and rolling them out in the field.
This proves that years of investment and research into futuristic products are finally starting to pay off.
Without a doubt, this is one of the biggest steps taken towards the digitalization of traditional ways. There is no more thinking of “If the current way is working fine, why ruin it” approach. It is the time to jump on the futuristic train!