The proposed technology is based on the HoloLens headset, powered by the Azure cloud supercomputer. Microsoft has been working with the army for the past two years on a prototype of the technology that has been dubbed the IVAS (Integrated Visual Augmentation System) and will now move into the production phase.
It is explained that the IVAS headset is intended to keep soldiers safer and more effective in mission scenarios. The system offers a greater ability to analyze the context of the situation, allowing the sharing of information between users, facilitating decisions in different scenarios and facilitating their missions.
“We appreciate the partnership with the United States Army, and we are grateful for the continued confidence in moving the IVAS from a rapid prototype to rapid development,” says Alex Kipman, Microsoft’s technical officer on his blog.
A group of Microsoft workers has already demonstrated in the
, against the support of technology to the business of war. “We would like to see Microsoft supporting Transgender people everywhere, on Transgender Visibility Day, instead of building weapons of war. A similar upheaval to Google workers, when the company announced a contract with the US military for the development of Project Maven drones.
We would much rather Microsoft used today to stand up for Transgender people everywhere on Transgender Day of Visibility, instead of building weapons of war. https://t.co/kHZycRhpvM— Microsoft Workers 4 Good (@MsWorkers4) April 1, 2021
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