‘In December, Brig. Gen. David Hodne, director of the US Army’s Soldier Lethality Cross Functional Team, said that the smart goggles would first be delivered to top tier units and then supplied to other infantry formations.
The US Army has announced plans to buy more than 40,000 pairs of do-it-all goggles, which is expected to be enough to outfit almost half of all close combat forces over the next few years.
The Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) goggles are based on Microsoft’s Hololens 2 “mixed reality” system.
A consumer helmet-mounted display, the Hololens is similar to those smart helmets which are worn by fighter pilots and which project data into the viewing field of the goggles’ wearer. Hololens was released in 2016 and operates on Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system.’