Microsoft HoloLens is being tested in several different industries as a way to revolutionize how humans interact with their work environment. For example, the construction industry wants to improve productivity by using HoloLens with SketchUp and by allowing surgeons and designers to work together in the design of operating rooms in hospitals.
But the military sector is also trying to take advantage of augmented- and virtual-reality technologies. In January, the Royal Australian Air Force revealed Microsoft HoloLens was among the technologies being tested for future deployment in their current technological transformation project to enhance the soldier of the future. And yesterday, the United States Air Force has also revealed it plans to acquire several units of Microsoft HoloLens.
The US Air Force 412th Electronic Warfare Group, a unit of the 412th Test Wing, assigned to the Air Force Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California, is responsible for electronic warfare evaluation of the latest weapon system technologies. In order to enhance and expand their testing capabilities, the Electronic Warfare Group's Modeling and Simulation Flight plans to acquire various Microsoft HoloLens and Meta 2 AR systems to begin the development and integration of augmented-reality models into their workflow. As stated in the press release:
Imagine walking into the Benefield Anechoic Facility [image above], putting on an augmented reality visor and “seeing” your proposed test setup or being able to view test scenarios and test results, all without being disconnected from those around you. What if you could see virtual antenna polar patterns superimposed on aircraft or the effects of electromagnetic interference?
Finally, future possible uses of the augmented reality devices are proposed by the Group. For example, complete 3-D renderings of the internal structures, wiring, hydraulic and fuel systems of aircraft could be developed to help maintenance workers to streamline their operations.