Microsoft’s contract with the US government is incredibly large, as it could reach $21.9 billion over ten years, depending on the project’s success. cooperation with was welcomed doubts Slow progress was noted by many, especially after the signing of the treaty. Then it happened in September informed Microsoft began shipping the first batch of IVAS combat headsets after US Secretary of State for Procurement Douglas Bush ordered the delivery to be accepted. Bush said they had “tested well” and were “confident the program will succeed.”
However, in the October report Bloomberg, the Pentagon office test turned out to be a nightmare for some soldiers. According to a test summary report, 80% of soldiers experienced “mission-impacting physical impairments” (including headaches, eyestrain, and nausea) after wearing the units for three hours. In another report obtained by Business Insider, it was said that the bright light could alert enemies and even affect a soldier’s performance in the field due to the device’s design. One soldier even remarked that “the rigs would have killed us.” Microsoft reportedly fixed the problem, though it still failed to pass all six evaluation procedures at the time. Then came a surprising report this month that said the Army would use IVAS headsets next year. Specifically, the device will be distributed to the Army’s operational and training units, but it is unclear where and why soldiers will use it.
In October, Microsoft said it had “no roadmap to speak of” for Hololens as it tried to focus on the Army contract. This may be the result, but how the tech giant managed to do this in just two months remains a mystery, especially without any details to explain what specific areas of IVAS have been improved. Also, there’s no known statement from the US Army yet to clarify if the device has hit all the right spots, but given that it will allow soldiers to use it in the actual field, it’s probably already at a level of success. according to MIXED, which will lead to the delivery of two versions of the headset (IVAS 1.0 and IVAS 1.1). Both versions will be limited to 5,000 units each, although the differences between the two versions are still unclear.
If this plan and report about IVAS is completely true, it could mean that Microsoft has just solved one of the biggest obstacles in the HoloLens device, which is a cloudy future due to recent negative news and “no roadmap to speak of”. comment (although Microsoft’s Vice President of Mixed Reality Scott Evans recently clarified saying that they are “looking for the right design point to make a meaningful update”. If all goes well for the Army, Microsoft could soon loosen its belt a bit and focus on its next plans for the next HoloLens device.