Microsoft HoloLens glasses for medical and military purposes
From applications to devices, science finds new ways to help those in need, providing them with tools that could compensate for their functionality. Microsoft decided to join this industry of innovation. Now HoloLens will help blind people in space orientation.
Researchers at the California Institute of Technology used Microsoft augmented reality glasses to create Cognitive Augmented Reality Assistant or CARA. This technology can identify objects in a room and name them. But it’s not all that simple. It’s one thing to say to a blind man: “There’s a chair in front of you,” and the other: give detailed coordinates of it using spatial sound.
For example, if a blind person is facing a chair and he goes right, the device will say “chair,” but the word will sound like it goes straight from the thing. When the blind come closer to the subject, the voice becomes higher and stronger. Thus the user can determine where and how far away the object is.
In addition, the system includes a navigation guide that says the user “follow me” when he goes through the building to his destination.
Microsoft HoloLens for military men
But the Company decided not to limit itself on medicine. In addition to helping the blind people, Microsoft HoloLens glasses will also be used in combat missions and to train the US military. Recently, Microsoft signed a two-year contract worth US$ 480 million for the supply of augmented reality (AR) devices for soldiers’ equipment.
It is expected that the development of the organization will increase the “mobility and situational awareness” of soldiers in battle. As part of the contract, Microsoft will make improvements to existing devices to meet government requirements. The initial launch of HoloLens will be 100,000 copies.
According to the US Defense Ministry, it is expected that the glasses will help in the rapid detection of the target, will be able to track such indicators of soldiers as heart rate and breathing.
The government also wants the devices to have a built-in 3D display, digital cameras, ballistic laser and hearing protection. Additional requirements include ensuring that the device weighs less than 1.5 kg and is compatible with standard helmets. Also in the device should have night vision mode, and the field of view should be increased to 55-110 degrees. Practical use of HoloLens will also require that they be dust- and waterproof, resistant to shocks and scratches.
Microsoft’s entry into the medical industry, as well as its past collaboration with the military in the use of HoloLens for training purposes helped the company to participate in the tendering process, as well as under prepare it for this major endeavor.