It seems like every time we turn around, a new bit of technology is emerging and we’re saying “the future is now!’
It’s been like that since the 60s, I think, with our technology always growing and changing, people innovating, and I don’t think that humanity has it in them to ever really stop.
Latest on this list of real-life achievements that used to only exist in science fiction stories are military goggles that let soldiers see through solid walls.
The new technology is called Integrated Augmented Vision System goggles, and the Army is looking to purchase more than 40,000 pairs by the end of the year.
Microsoft came up with the technology, which has been tested in the prototype stage by soldiers for the past 12 months. Right now, soldiers have to stop what they’re doing to consult with a handheld device or paper to get information about what they’re seeing, the new goggles will project vital stats in real time, right before their eyes.
The IAVS not only provide that valuable information, but lets soldiers see through the walls of their combat vehicles, are equipped with night vision, heat sensors, and threat detection.
Developers also adjusted the original design last year so that the IAVS take the wearer’s temperature and vital signs. They’ve been tested not only by infantrymen, but by airborne and Marine divisions, as well.
Sergeant Philip Bartel spoke about the tech in an interview:
“This changes how we operate honestly. Now guys aren’t hanging out of vehicles in dangerous situations trying to get views on what’s going on. Leadership will be able to maneuver their elements and get view-on-target without having to leave the safety of their armored vehicles. Maneuvering elements with that kind of information will minimize casualties and will overall drastically change how we operate and increase our effectiveness on the battlefield.”
It sounds a bit like playing “Call of Duty,” to be honest, where all of the vital information you need to complete your mission is right there on the screen, but obviously with much higher, life-or-death stakes.
Major Kevin Smith, who headed up the research, development, and integration of the technology also feels good about what’s been developed.
“It’s futuristic technology that we’ve all talked about and seen in movies and video games, but it’s something that we never imagined we would have the chance to fight with. It’s definitely technology that we are really excited to use as soon as they can get it to us.”
The results from the trials have been impressive, and operational tests are scheduled to begin this summer, so all signs point to men on the ground being able to make use of these by the end of the year.
Ain’t science grand?