The interactive displays of the future visualized in Steven Spielberg's science fiction classic Minority Report and the augmented reality interfaces used by millionaire playboy Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe now closer to reality in the military field.
Last week, BAE Systems unveiled a next-generation combat deployment system developed for its battleships under a $ 25.5-million contract for the British Royal Navy.
The system uses the Microsoft HoloLens to display data in the field of view of the watch officers. The crew commissioned the monitoring of ship safety. The officer may view information that is normally anchored on traditional displays in the operating theater, such as the position of other ships in the fleet, from any position on the ship.
"These technologies have the potential to transform the naval war and significantly increase the shipping industry's situational awareness and efficiency aboard Royal Navy vessels," said Frank Cotton, head of BAE Systems Combat Systems Technology. "With our expertise in combat systems and investments in future technologies, we ensure that we continue to provide the Navy with innovative capabilities."
BAE Systems sells the military not only with Augmented Reality but also as a customer. The company has used HoloLens to train employees.
Military technology has long been the incubator of commercial technologies and augmented reality that emerged through heads-up displays for pilots such as the Striker II by BAE is no exception.
AR now joins the circle: The commercially available HoloLens find a home at the Royal British Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force. The US Army also wants to meet a need for AR headsets, where Microsoft, Magic Leap and other reports are following the contract.