Thanks to augmented glasses, the U.S. Marines on Thursday were able to turn a golf course in Virginia into a simulated battlefield, complete with tanks, mortar fire and smoke.
The simulation was a major step in the Marines’ efforts to enable soldiers to regularly use augmented reality wearables to enhance their battlefield training.
“The glasses are leading-edge and are really pushing the technology of optical see-throughs forward,” said Peter Squire, a program officer with the Office of Naval Research. “But the glasses are just one component of the system. [We are] enabling warfighters to turn any environment into a training ground.”
The augmented glasses the Marines used this week were made by SA Photonics, a Los Gatos, Calif.-based company that focuses on vision systems, laser communications and satellite sensors.