Military using 'augmented reality' to train troops for combat
Many of the great minds in the tech industry believe augmented reality could have an incredible impact on our lives, including Apple CEO Tim Cook who believes AR could develop an audience as large as mobile phones.This appears to be aimed at urban combat where troops are also interacting with civilians and trying to separate threats as they present themselves.
You can add the minds behind the US military to that list now, as Next Reality News reports that the US Army is now outfitting their soldiers with a new augmented display called Tactical Augmented Reality or T.A.R.
Through T.A.R., soldiers will have hands-free access to information such as ally/enemy location and your own position dependent on observed landmarks. Via a wireless connection to a tablet and thermal site on their weapon, soldiers can access their weapon’s point of view so that they can observe their surroundings without losing sight of their targets.
In its current form, T.A.R. is a miniature display breakthrough where the high-definition visuals fit into a one-square-inch screen. It’s currently utilized in night-vision goggles with the option to be viewed in monochrome in daylight and the team behind it is continuing to work on the display to reach full-color for daylight viewing.