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Microsoft making helmets for soldiers
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Microsoft making helmets for soldiers
Microsoft making helmets for soldiers

Quote:Microsoft has won a Pentagon contract for augmented reality headgear for soldiers worth $21.88 billion over the next decade, the company and the U.S. military announced on March 31.

The award aims "to deliver next-generation night vision and situational awareness capabilities to the Close Combat Force at the speed of relevance," the Pentagon said.

A head-mounted display used by soldiers for battle and training employs sensors for night and thermal vision in addition to providing data for help in engaging targets and making tactical decisions, officials said.

"The program delivers enhanced situational awareness, enabling information sharing and decision-making in a variety of scenarios," Kipman said in a blog post.

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/micros...ear-163608

Finally, the soldiers will be able to see those terrorists.

But seriously, $22 billion for helmets, that's the money that the Manhattan Project cost.

It seems wars are getting too expensive.
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(April 2, 2021 at 8:51 am)Fake Messiah Wrote: Microsoft making helmets for soldiers

Quote:Microsoft has won a Pentagon contract for augmented reality headgear for soldiers worth $21.88 billion over the next decade, the company and the U.S. military announced on March 31.

The award aims "to deliver next-generation night vision and situational awareness capabilities to the Close Combat Force at the speed of relevance," the Pentagon said.

A head-mounted display used by soldiers for battle and training employs sensors for night and thermal vision in addition to providing data for help in engaging targets and making tactical decisions, officials said.

"The program delivers enhanced situational awareness, enabling information sharing and decision-making in a variety of scenarios," Kipman said in a blog post.

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/micros...ear-163608

Finally, the soldiers will be able to see those terrorists.

But seriously, $22 billion for helmets, that's the money that the Manhattan Project cost.

It seems wars are getting too expensive.

That's corruption for ya.
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RE: Microsoft making helmets for soldiers
Worth every penny. I got to do a few of the trials for stuff like this on my way out. Future joes are going to have a much better time, it's always been more than a little bit weird that cod players have a better ui for pretend war.
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(April 2, 2021 at 9:38 am)The Grand Nudger Wrote: Worth every penny.  I got to do a few of the trials for stuff like this on my way out.  Future joes are going to have a much better time, it's always been more than a little bit weird that cod players have a better ui for pretend war.

Don't you think though that $22bn for tech that's likely already there is a bit steep? I wouldn't be surprised if the contract were kept within the government it'd be a fraction of the cost Micro$hit are charging.
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If I found out that just one standard ballistic helmet cost 22billion, and it was on my head, I'd still think it was worth every penny.
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RE: Microsoft making helmets for soldiers
(April 2, 2021 at 10:44 am)Nomad Wrote:
(April 2, 2021 at 9:38 am)The Grand Nudger Wrote: Worth every penny.  I got to do a few of the trials for stuff like this on my way out.  Future joes are going to have a much better time, it's always been more than a little bit weird that cod players have a better ui for pretend war.

Don't you think though that $22bn for tech that's likely already there is a bit steep?  I wouldn't be surprised if the contract were kept within the government it'd be a fraction of the cost Micro$hit are charging.

I'd suspect that if it was "kept within the government" one could add another zero to the cost.
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Quote:It seems wars are getting too expensive.

It’s a bargain. As the price of war materiel increases, the real expenses of war (human lives, displaced people and so on) continues to shrink. Compare the lives lost in WWII to the lives lost in all the conflicts since then.

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RE: Microsoft making helmets for soldiers
(April 2, 2021 at 11:56 am)BrianSoddingBoru4 Wrote:
Quote:It seems wars are getting too expensive.

It’s a bargain. As the price of war materiel increases, the real expenses of war (human lives, displaced people and so on) continues to shrink. Compare the lives lost in WWII to the lives lost in all the conflicts since then.

Boru

Microsoft signed to make 120k helmets for $22 billion, and if you do the math it comes to $188k per helmet!

And humans are getting more obsolete in wars. Like, did you watch "Jarhead"?
teachings of the Bible are so muddled and self-contradictory that it was possible for Christians to happily burn heretics alive for five long centuries. It was even possible for the most venerated patriarchs of the Church, like St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas, to conclude that heretics should be tortured (Augustine) or killed outright (Aquinas). Martin Luther and John Calvin advocated the wholesale murder of heretics, apostates, Jews, and witches. - Sam Harris, "Letter To A Christian Nation"
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RE: Microsoft making helmets for soldiers
(April 2, 2021 at 12:05 pm)Fake Messiah Wrote:
(April 2, 2021 at 11:56 am)BrianSoddingBoru4 Wrote: It’s a bargain. As the price of war materiel increases, the real expenses of war (human lives, displaced people and so on) continues to shrink. Compare the lives lost in WWII to the lives lost in all the conflicts since then.

Boru

Microsoft signed to make 120k helmets for $22 billion, and if you do the math it comes to $188k per helmet!

And humans are getting more obsolete in wars. Like, did you watch "Jarhead"?

You said it yourself - finally, soldiers will be able to see those terrorists. If you leverage $188K against the cost of mistaking a farm village for a terrorist training camp, the price tag seems well worth it.

Boru
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I hope to Hell a lot of that $22 billion went to R&D, because even if it has all those features, $188k per pop seems insane.
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