DARPA Agency Developed ULTRA-Vis Virtual Reality Headset for Military

It seems that the U.S. Defense Department funding of DARPA, which is responsible for maintaining the technological superiority of the U.S. armed forces over the other armies, as well as embodiment of the most advanced developments in the field of armament and equipment of the future, does not have any boundaries or strict limitations.

This new Head-up-device will enable soldiers to be fully aware of the situation on the battlefield without having to spend time on studying the necessary information.

The device is very similar to Oculus Rift headset, adapted for military needs. In principle, the idea of ​​using such a helmet in army is hardly very original. Norwegian military has already noted that the device can be used successfully to control the weapons. But the most interesting thing is that the Scandinavian military did not even need to modify and adapt Oculus VR product for some specific tasks. Simply connecting the helmet to a special system, that receives and converts the image with four cameras installed on the vehicle, is enough. Besides, Oculus Rift is 50 times cheaper than the closest analogues, originally made ​​specifically for military purposes.

When wearing ULTRA-Vis, soldiers will be able to not only see a 2D image, but also get the opportunity to keep in touch with colleagues, seek assistance of staff and contact with air units. Also, they can watch the video that was recorded by unmanned aerial vehicle. Quite a peculiar feature of ULTRA-Vis is the so-called binding to the coordinates of the area.

In short, even while moving the head in a military virtual reality headset, the image will remain exactly in the earlier chosen perspective. Such an option has become possible due to GPS-devices and motion sensors. With the field of view of 360 degrees, it becomes possible to continue pursuiting an enemy in a helmet without having to turn one’s head in his direction.