Microsoft and the US Army have announced that augmented reality headsets based on the HoloLens 2 will enter production, finalizing a prototype that has been in development since 2018. The new contract is significantly larger than the 2018 deal, providing for 120,000 headsets according to a CNBC report. The contract could be as large as $21.88 billion over 10 years.
The Integral Visual Augmentation System "delivers a platform that will keep soldiers safer and make them more effective," Alex Kipman, Microsoft's mixed reality technical fellow, said in a Microsoft blog post Wednesday. "The program delivers enhanced situational awareness, enabling information sharing and decision making in a variety of scenarios."