back to article Pentagon pal Microsoft to supply US Army with 120,000+ HoloLens units in contract somehow worth 'up to $22bn'

Microsoft has agreed to supply at least 120,000 production units of its HoloLens augmented-reality headsets to the US Army. In 2018, the software giant signed a $480m contract to supply 100,000 prototypes of the techno-goggles to Uncle Sam. This first batch of hardware was intended to "increase lethality by enhancing the …

  1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
    Alert

    Augmented Reality

    Blue on Blue BSOD

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Augmented Reality

      Maybe the choice of a blue background wasn't the best marketing move in this context..

  2. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

    This will result in

    A, Lots of studies, Prototypes, Powerpoints, Promotions - but no kit actually delivered to troops

    B, Kit delivered to troops, immediately discovered to be useless / not-working and hidden in a Conex until the fad blows over

    C, Actually used in anger at which point it fails and gets large number of our own side killed

    D, All of the above

    1. Neil Barnes Silver badge

      Re: This will result in

      I think you missed the bit where the opponent's first strike knocks the cloud offline (and sends a message to all users telling them how many bitcoins it will cost to get their data back...)

    2. Flocke Kroes Silver badge

      Re: This will result in

      a cheap drone that drops hand grenades on wifi transmitters?

    3. Blank Reg Silver badge

      Re: This will result in

      "gets large number of our own side killed"

      This is the US military we're talking about here, this is going to happen regardless

    4. Earth Resident

      Re: This will result in

      This will obviously result in another $22 billion pissed into the street by MICIMATT. What every effective terrorist soldier needs!

  3. Potemkine! Silver badge
    Trollface

    The IVAS headset, based on HoloLens and augmented by Microsoft Azure cloud services, delivers a platform that will keep soldiers safer and make them more effective

    Ant that for about 363 days per year! (the leap ones)

  4. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
    Coat

    Clippy!

    Are you trying to kill that person you are pointing your gun at? Let me help you...

  5. spudmasterflex

    April fools already....

  6. Graham Cunningham

    Just a heads-up...

    Presumably they meant a "head-up display". Unless its function is to merge all alerts and warnings into a single general warning, in which case I suppose "unified heads-up display" might mean something.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    This must be a 1st of April joke

    .. and if it isn't, it ought to be.

  8. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

    Just a natural evolution

    When you had to carve it in marble: "Veni Vidi Vici"

    When you had to use flags: "England expects this day every man to do his duty"

    When you had to send a telegram: "I shall return"

    When you are used to Powerpoint: "Mission orientation briefing outline from CinC TRHTFEGTEWC to units of HDGECHRWWCFC(force) deployment as part of UN mission HJUEFHVNVNRVHRV", slide 1 / 157. - delivered directly in front of your eyes.

    1. G.Y.

      s/.../... Re: Just a natural evolution

      delete "this day", replace by "that"

    2. LoPath
      Trollface

      Re: Just a natural evolution

      Just imagine hours upon hours of computer based training slides on one of those bad boys!

  9. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Just a natural temporary hurdle .... or persistent permanent artificial future block?

    Go tell out to the Marines, apparently they are in need of some convincing ........ https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/4/1/marines-lack-trust-in-artificial-intelligence

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: Just a natural temporary hurdle .... or persistent permanent artificial future block?

      I think this can be more generalised to: marines-lack-trust-in-artificial-intelligence.

      Nothing against marines, terribly nice chaps (so long as you don't leave any crayons lying around) I just wouldn't want any of my pets to marry one.

      1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

        Re: Just a natural temporary hurdle .... or persistent permanent artificial future block?

        I think this can be more generalised to: marines-lack-trust-in-artificial-intelligence.

        Nothing against marines, terribly nice chaps (so long as you don't leave any crayons lying around) I just wouldn't want any of my pets to marry one. .... Yet Another Anonymous coward

        Methinks that be a common misperception one is wise to not voice within their earshot, Yet Another Anonymous coward, for the all too often fact that the intelligence they are fed and expected to act heroically upon can be corrupted and faulty, rather than that of their own, is not clearly enough made known to ensure they don't take umbrage at your opinion and would seek physical redress by way of immediate swift resolution.

  10. Blackjack Silver badge

    The greatest army in the world? More like the most overpriced.

    From $480m to $$22bn is quite the price hike even in American fake billions, because a real billion is a million times a million.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      a "real" billion

      hasn't been a million times a million for over 40 years in the UK and forever in the USA

      But I still wish we used Gigadollar (G$) and Teradollar (T$) rather than billion and trillion ...

  11. Unicornpiss Silver badge

    I'm frightened..

    ..when I think of Microsoft trying to do anything that's "Mil-spec". I only have my career experiences with mostly consumer-grade and server stuff to fall back on for this opinion, but am not impressed with the reliability of all things Microsoft.

    1. Blackjack Silver badge

      Re: I'm frightened..

      There is a reason many submarines switched to Linux, you don't want a Blue Screen Of Death in a metal cage under the ocean.

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