“The devices would have killed us.”
The US military finally tried Microsoft’s very late solution, very expensive augmented reality glasses in a recent army test – and by a Initiated report, the company’s technology failed quite dramatically.
According to the report, the Army’s Integrated Augmented Visual System (IVAS) device failed four of six “evaluation events” in its recent “operational demo,” according to a Microsoft source.
For a contract worth nearly $22 billion, these are dismal results.
Shining motionless ducks
The soldiers would have discovered that the glasses had fatal flaws.
“The devices would have killed us,” one of the helmet testers said in an excerpt from an Army report dictated to Initiatedreferring to the scopes generating visible light from thousands of feet away, essentially turning wearers into glowing enemy targets.
As well as giving the soldiers’ positions, the report also revealed that the soldiers complained that the device was uncomfortable and heavy, limiting their movements and even cutting off their peripheral vision.
It’s good, actually
Surprisingly, despite these damning claims, the military maintains that the devices were in fact a success.
“The emerging results indicate that the program was successful in most Army evaluation criteria,” said Brigadier General Christopher Schneider. Initiated in a statement, largely contradicting the results revealed by the leaked report.
“However,” he continued, “the results also identified areas where the IVAS fell short and requires further improvement, which the military will address.”
We get it – most of us have had bad cases of buyer’s remorse too. However, most impulse purchases do not come with a multi-billion dollar price tag.
Hopefully Microsoft and the military can figure it out – though given the recent history of Microsoft’s mixed reality division, we won’t be holding our breath.
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