Congress has rejected the US Military’s request for funding to buy extra fight goggles from Microsoft, in line with a report. The Military’s ask of $400 million to purchase about 6,900 goggles, that are primarily based on Microsoft’s HoloLens Headset, was nixed as a result of discipline exams confirmed the headsets brought on “mission-affecting bodily impairments,” like complications and nausea, Bloomberg reported Thursday.
Lawmakers did approve $40 million in funding to develop a brand new goggles mannequin, Military spokesman David Patterson advised the information outlet in an electronic mail.
In December, the Military awarded a “job order” to Microsoft to develop a brand new variant of fight goggles, referred to as model 1.2. The cash for the order got here from funding acquired in 2021. The Military wrote that the brand new variant will tackle “physiological” points recognized throughout testing. Subject testing for model 1.2 of the goggles is meant to start in September.
Microsoft mentioned it is targeted on bettering the expertise.
The corporate “is dedicated to working with the Military to additional develop [Integrated Visual Augmentation System] expertise,” a Microsoft spokesperson mentioned in an electronic mail to CNET. “The common cadence of constructing and testing IVAS … will assist us refine and enhance the expertise to make sure it brings unparalleled safety and capabilities to America’s Troopers.”
For extra, try the US Military’s $21.88 billion deal to supply the fight goggles, in addition to CNET’s hands-on evaluate of Microsoft’s HoloLens 2.