This system is going to enable soldiers in the USA army to make quick and better decisions since they will become more aware of the environment, which is beyond human eyes. ARLINGTON, Va.—Battlefield commanders face many scenarios requiring fast decisions—attacking an enemy position, evacuating injured warfighters, navigating unfamiliar terrain. Each situation pushes leaders to make quick yet informed choices.
Windows Holographic is a mixed reality platform developed by Microsoft, built on the Windows 10 API. It was announced at the “Windows 10: The Next Chapter” press event on January 21, 2015, and was released on March 30, 2016 simultaneously with the launch of the Development Edition of the Microsoft HoloLens. It is expected to be widely available for PC’s in 2017
Augmented reality is the blending of virtual reality and real life, as developers can create images within applications that blend in with contents in the real world. With AR, users are able to interact with virtual contents in the real world, and are able to distinguish between the two.
FACTS IN THE ARMY ?
The system was used in November during a training exercise at Camp Lejeune, N.C., conducted by the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marlnes – 2/6, also known as “the Spartans.” based on a report from geekwire
“For me, the best part of I-TDG was recreating simulated battles we conducted during past field exercises and using the system as a debrief on what we did wrong and how we could be better,” Lt. Andrew Veal said in a news release. “Like athletes watching game film, you really experienced that ‘aha’ moment.”
Meanwhile, the Army Research Laboratory in Maryland has been showing off a HoloLens application that lets researchers explore simulated under-body blasts, such as the explosions caused by improvised explosive devices (a.k.a. IEDs) in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Although NASA astronaut Scott Kelly had fun trying out the RoboRaid video game on HoloLens during his nearly yearlong stint on the International Space Station, the space agency is experimenting with augmented reality for far more serious purposes, ranging from guidance for on-orbit maintenance tasks .
The Spartans Move?
To enhance these decision-making capabilities, especially for small-unit leaders, the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines (2/6) —“The Spartans”— recently held a weeklong exercise called Spartan Emerging Technology and Innovation Week at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The event, also called Spartan Week, featured various training technologies—from quadcopters to augmented reality—developed with support from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to accelerate the development of decision-making skills.
Steinhauser said Camp Lejeune’s Spartan Week was a success and that another event will be held at another location in early 2017. Perhaps the real measures of success, however, are endorsements from Marines who participated.
“For me, the best part of I-TDG was recreating simulated battles we conducted during past field exercises and using the system as a debrief on what we did wrong and how we could be better,” said Lt. Andrew Veal. “Like athletes watching game film, you really experienced that ‘a-ha’ moment.”
“The Spartan Week technology enabled all Marines, from squad leaders to riflemen, to evaluate their ability to make fast decisions,” said Cpl. Fredrick Zuberer. “Marines tend to focus on using their bodies as weapons, but the most important weapon is the mind. Spartan Week helped sharpen that weapon beyond just pulling a trigger.” This report was made by Warren Duffie Jr. is a contractor for ONR Corporate Strategic Communications.
I personally believes that this is going to change warfare technology all over the world.Russia,Isreal and other high level war-Tech countries are going to pick this technology up to enrich their scope. USA have taken the lead but who then is going to follow suit.Also we should not forget that, we have in picture the ISIS which recently used drones to deliver bombs as well as other criminal groups can take this on and it will be a big blow to security.
I believe there must be a body that should monitor how this technologies are being used in the security field. Microsoft must have transactions records regarding this product since the evil ones will use this technology to harm humanity