Microsoft Defends HoloLens Deal With Military

Microsoft Defends HoloLens Deal With Military

StoriaTech
Collection StoriaTech
Microsoft Defends HoloLens Deal With Military

Satya Nadella has defended Microsoft's $479-million contract to supply augmented reality systems to the US military that has been criticized by some of his colleagues.

The CEO said Monday that while he would continue to engage with employees and consider Microsoft's role as a corporate citizen, the company would not "withhold technology" from democratic governments.

"We made a principled decision that we're not going to withhold technology from institutions that we have elected in democracies to protect the freedoms we enjoy," he said at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, reports CNN.

"We were very transparent about that decision and we'll continue to have that dialogue [with employees]," he added during an interview.

Microsoft was awarded the contract to supply "Integrated Visual Augmentation System" prototypes to the US military in November. The company could eventually deliver over 100,000 headsets under the contract.

Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality technology allows users to see the world around them, but with virtual graphics overlaid.

The Israeli military, which has taken delivery of some HoloLens headsets, says the technology can be used to help commanders visualize the battlefield and field medics to consult doctors.

According to procurement documents, the US military is seeking a single platform that provides its forces with "increased lethality, mobility and situational awareness" in combat.

Image credit: CNN

Liked by 1 users

Comments

avatar

People also liked

Related stories
1.
My favorite movies and TV series to binge when I’m in need of laughter  
2.
My very first science fair visit  
3.
The best upcoming comedy movies of 2019  
4.
Upcoming Hollywood movies that I simply cannot wait for!  
5.
Why Trump’s 2019 State of the Union Address will have a positive effect on the country?  
6.
Why the US – Mexico wall shouldn’t be built?  
500x500
500x500