Congress has rejected the US Military’s request for funding to buy extra fight goggles from Microsoft, in response to a report. The Military’s ask of $400 million to purchase about 6,900 goggles, that are primarily based on Microsoft’s HoloLens Headset, was nixed as a result of subject exams confirmed the headsets triggered “mission-affecting bodily impairments,” like complications and nausea, Bloomberg reported Thursday.
Lawmakers did approve $40 million in funding to develop a brand new goggles mannequin, Military spokesman David Patterson instructed the information outlet in an e mail.
In December, the Military awarded a “activity order” to Microsoft to develop a brand new variant of fight goggles, known as model 1.2. The cash for the order got here from funding acquired in 2021. The Military wrote that the brand new variant will tackle “physiological” points recognized throughout testing. Discipline testing for model 1.2 of the goggles is meant to start in September.
Microsoft stated it is centered on enhancing the know-how.
The corporate “is dedicated to working with the Military to additional develop [Integrated Visual Augmentation System] know-how,” a Microsoft spokesperson stated in an e mail to CNET. “The common cadence of constructing and testing IVAS … will assist us refine and enhance the know-how to make sure it brings unparalleled safety and capabilities to America’s Troopers.”
For extra, take a look at the US Army’s $21.88 billion deal to produce the combat goggles, in addition to CNET’s hands-on review of Microsoft’s HoloLens 2.