A military development team in Ukraine created an omnidirectional review system using Microsoft HoloLens technology. The helmet would be used by tank commanders along with a Circular Review System (CRS) of cameras inside the tanks.
The HoloLens gets feeds from outside cameras to display on the HoloLens headset. The images offer a full 360-degree view of the tank's surroundings. The system, developed by Ukrainian company LimpidArmor includes target tracking and the ability to highlight enemy and allied positions.
The Ukrainian company debuted the system at the Arms and Security show in Kyiv in mid-October.
Microsoft announced the HoloLens system last year. The company touts it as "the first self-contained, holographic computer, enabling you to engage with your digital content and interact with the holograms in the world around you."
It uses an optical system paired with advanced sensors to process a lot of data each second.
Alex Kipman, technical fellow of Operating Systems at Microsoft, said:
“People, not devices, are mobile. We are ready for technology to move beyond devices, beyond screens and pixels, and beyond today's digital borders.”
The speakers track sound to place it exactly where it would naturally be if the holographic images were real.
“The hardware allows us to take these visions—these ideas about new products—and make them real," said Todd Holmdahl, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Next Generation Devices. The development edition of the HoloLens runs at roughly $3,000 USD.
Via Defence Blog