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Here's how Microsoft HoloLens could be used by the military on the battlefield

Microsoft is offering a number of examples of how its HoloLens augmented reality headset could be used by the military to help track troops on the battlefield, repairing aircraft and more.

Microsoft has already stated it is targeting the business market for the first generation of HoloLens applications, but in a blog post (opens in new tab) it offers how it might also be used in military engagements:

By superimposing a digital map onto the actual battlefield, for example, commanders can better understand the terrain on which their troops are moving and more accurately pinpoint where the enemy is keeping its assets. With the enhanced situational awareness that HoloLens provides, both military commanders and soldiers can perform their jobs with greater safety, speed, and effectiveness.

The HoloLens could also be used to help design and assemble military hardware. It could also be used to help repair and maintain equipment like airplanes:

With HoloLens, the master mechanic can develop a 3D model that overlays instructions on top of the aircraft, showing the mechanic the exact components that need to be moved, replaced, or recalibrated. No longer does the mechanic need to consult the master mechanic or page through manuals to see where specific parts are located. Viewing digital content superimposed on the actual airplane, he or she can visualize exactly what needs to be repaired and in what order, and then quickly take action.

There's no word yet if any of the recently-launched HoloLens Development Edition headsets have been sold to defense companies and military organizations, but clearly Microsoft would love to see it used by those kinds of organizations.

48 Comments
  • This is big. Can you imagine how many of these will be used by military! Unfortunately, too many. - Posted via W10 app
  • Military is going to be like the Borg.
  • Hololens needs a long way to make this thing work in a combative environment.
  • Early stages, yes, but very cool still. Exactly like what you would imagine using in a futuristic combat game, but this is real life. So cool.
  • Already have hud on helmets don't they?
  • Yup, on some pilots already for a long time. I think Apache pilots have one as a standard. Sent from Turing Machine
  • They sure have. But I am sure hololens is way economical then those secret military tech.
    They definitely going to use it on mass scale.
  • MechWarrior/starship troopers-like tech
  • True. But would much rather see it in use in classrooms and hospitals across the world to help human kind get over our issues. Especially looking forward to seeing kids play their games like hide and seek while in two diff continents via holographic forest and such. Imagine that.... "and those are the days worth living for"...
  • Hey. Nice coment. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • You're the man here...
  • Awesome idea about collaborative games (the holographic forest) and co-education.
  • I feel the same. Hololens already bring people together.
  • That's awesome!
  • HoloLens coupled with AI! Posted from my 1520 running Windows 10
  • Cortana...
  • Real life Master Chiefs Sent from Turing Machine
  • She keeps on moving around with you in the house.
  • The link to the source doesn't seem to be valid.  I get a 404.
  • Same. Can't find any such post in the same website as well.
  • Microsoft has to develop software which help us to create 3D models. Very soon other companies like Sony or Samsung will launch hardware with great software solutions and then no body will buy HoloLens.
  • That software already exists from several vendors, Autodesk being one. It would be silly for MS to jump in and compete with mature existing software. There are partnering oppertunities for MS and 3rd major developers.
  • Sure, but it's reasonable that they offer a simplified, native solution for those who don't want to buy an expensive software license to do a simple task. Something similar could be said to happen with Paint, or photo editing, or a lot of other things.
  • MS already have and it's built-in on Windows 10. It's called "3D builder" I think
  • Well then Microsoft's work will be worth it, if they succeed at creating a revolutionary new platform which other companies end up imitating. Like with the Personal Computer itself. Or to a lesser extent, like they did with the Surface for the hybrid/convertible tablet, which was pretty revolutionary at the time and clearly had an impact on the industry. Microsoft is one of the very few companies that can drive innovation like this and change the technology landscape.
  • With the entire Windows ecosystem at all ts base, their is no match for hololens in hardware and software combine. And won't be for five years at least.
    Just sit back and relax. Watch this tech revolution the world. The beat part is I can predict it. In 2018 ms will sell first consumer variant of hololens and it will sell in 100 of millions. 1 billion Windows devices.
  • Ya great can't even fix wp and you want our military lives on the line with Ms lol. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Putting a map on a screen is considerably easier than catering an entire Mobile OS to your -n-e-e-d-s-wants. ----------
    I am someone, of the 2639th variety.
  • Indias own os is beating wp currently.... Real hard. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Does that really matter? And why do you keep calling it India's own so? Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
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  • Anything that helps them kill Daesh is a good thing.  
  • Go for it! Would be rad to go even further with this tech and make the "lense" the entire wind shield of the aircraft for use by pilots with integrated targeting systems etc. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
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  • How cool it would be if Hololens could be used for Battlefield 1!!
  • I see them adding health bars above their enemies' heads.
  • it'll die by the time they get to where they are going lol
  • seems like the daqri smart helmet may be more of what they're looking for
  • If this story is true we are at (at worst) going to have WW3 due to an inevitable fault in the software or (at the very least) soldiers - ie people paid to kill other people - aided and abetted by Microsoft. A video game made real. Nauseatingly worrying...
  • Microsoft have no scruples whatsoever. Just goes to show what desperate companies are capable of. Disgusting.
  • What an empty and bitter post that has no relevance. I'm guessing to be that angry you only are 4 ft tall?
  • lol. -have a nice day. PEACE bro PEACE :-)
  • Loser
  • Military is to save the nation from enemies.
    Most people are just commenting wrong about the military as well as MS on this article.
    Anyways existing tech is enough to cause chaso in the world. And it is not the tech which cause it, it is the greedy animals which cause them.
  • GHOST RECON anyone? Yeah, that's right...
  • I can just imagine it now - "Hold on men, gotta reset!" lol
  • So Microsoft is heading to the military industry. Nice. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Military is to save the nation from enemies.
    Most people are just commenting wrong about the military as well as MS on this article.
    Anyways existing tech is enough to cause chaso in the world. And it is not the tech which cause it, it is the greedy animals which cause them.
  • The article states the commanders would use HoloLens to position the troops. The actual troops would not wear the device. Keep in mind that HoloLens needs to scan the "room" to know where objects are located. It does not have enough memory or processing power at this point to be used in an outdoor environment.
  • And thats how they all died