In the last series of field tests of the IVAS hybrid reality garrison, based on Microsoft HoloLens, U.S. military personnel were identified as being obese, headaches and nausea, as reported by Bloomberg with reference to the official report by the Technical Manager of the Pentagon Agency.
More than 80% of those who had experienced discomfort showed symptoms less than three hours after working with a specialized army version of Microsoft Hololens, noted in a report addressed to the army the head of the test unit Operation Test and Evaluation Nicholas Gertin. The problems identified in the May and June series were described in a 79-page report dated the current month. The document is marked "Inspected non-secret information" and is not intended for the general public, but Bloomberg journalists were able to obtain a copy.
Despite the obvious shortcomings of IVAS, Mr. Gertin did not consider it useless. He recommended that the gadget should be reduced before the instrument was widely deployed in the army. In particular, he believed that there was a need to improve the low-light sensors, improve the clearness of the display, expand the available field of view and increase the reliability of some basic functions. On the positive side, the improved reliability of the new model with respect to the key indicator — the average time between critical failures causing the device to fail completely.
The IVAS technology is supposed to be an analog of the projection display on the windshield, only to be designed for the ground troops, and the commanders will be able to display the required information in front of the soldier's eyes, and the night vision system will also operate there. For 10 years, the Pentagon will spend up to $21.9 billion on glasses, spare parts and support from the manufacturer.
The field test report will be sent to Congress, and legislators will decide whether to set aside the $424.5 million that the Pentagon requested for this program in the current fiscal year.
The paper, however, states that the level of acceptance of AR/XR points by the military and the commanders noted that the device had become the fifth test series under the Soldier Touch Point initiative, which provided prompt feedback during the early stages of the deployment of the equipment. Microsoft, which did not receive an official copy of the report, noted that "" and modify the gadget device.