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We have already seen the HoloLens mixed reality headset put to military use by the Israeli Defense Force for advanced battlefield planning.
Now Ukrainian company LimpidArmor has shown off a new application for the augmented reality device on the actual battlefield to improve the field of view of tank commanders without exposing them to additional risk. The technology was shown off at the Arms and Security show, held in Kiev from 11 to 14 October.
LimpidArmor’s hardware and software system uses a HoloLens integrated with a helmet and cameras mounted around the tank to give commanders a 360 degree view of their environment in both optical and thermal and makes this available in real-time.
It also overlays telemetry and other information of the battle environment, both internal and from field commanders. The developers say they also plan to include the ability to control armaments and receive information from drones and other aerial vehicles.
Its features would include:
- Review of 360 degrees (optical and thermal imaging modes) at the distance up to 300 metres
- Streaming video without delay
- Highlighting -allies- and identified -enemy- positions
- Look-lock-launch system
- Automatic target tracking
- Opportunity to target designation and video from UAV systems or other sources
The Ukrainian armed forces agreed to trail the technology in their testing centre and it appears to be progressing very rapidly to market implementation, as tends to happen in war time.
The developers are also looking at civilian versions such as for airline pilots, large industrial vehicles and drone operators.
See more pictures from LimpidArmor below: