Marines Will Soon Use Augmented Reality (AR) To Blow Stuff Up

Google Glass v1.0 was certainly not Google's greatest product ever. It did however show great potential and Google certainly has not given up on it and are diligently working on Google Glass v2.0

The AR concept has not been lost on the U.S. Marines, specifically the the Office of Naval Research (ONR) who are developing a new Augmented Reality (AR) Glasses project that could truly change the face of warfare. The new AR technology is designed to allow soldiers in the field to access vital statistics, zoom in on enemies and switch over to live feed cameras mounted on other soldiers headsets.

The San Francisco-based Osterhout Design Group is involved in developing the technology behind the display and hardware, and military officials say it should be a boon for “situational awareness” when it comes to soldiers in the field. Working versions have already been demonstrated, and the concept was born following brainstorming sessions with seasoned soldiers who offered recommendations on info they’d like to be able to access live feeds.
Developers say the heads-up display should also help limit distractions for soldiers in the field, who can sometimes be shuffling between laptops, radios and handheld devices. By rolling all that info into a headset where it’s layered over a soldier’s view of the surroundings, it could give them access to necessary intel without pushing their eyes into a screen.
Currently however the they are very expensive and up to $20,000 for some high-end prototypes, and the reliability and durability still need to be tested. Therefore these devices will not be standard issue just yet. Plus, they’re bulky and could actually get in the way during something as chaotic and active as a firefight.

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