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Well, if you want to have the experience of real battlefield without being injured then there is a new technology for you. BAE Systems, London-based defence equipment giant in collaboration with Birmingham University has developed a new Google Glass-style pair of glasses that can produce a virtual battlefield for you anywhere. The glasses can turn almost any surface into a virtual command centre.
Like Microsoft’s HoloLens headset, BAE creates what it calls a ‘mixed reality’. As per the reports, it combines the real world with a virtual interface that can project a battlefield onto any surface combined with real-time video chat and live feeds.
The team came up with two concepts, one designed for soldiers on the ground and the second which would create a virtual cockpit for pilots.
While BAE’s previously built Striker II helmet simply adds augmented reality to a physical cockpit dashboard, the new concept would completely replace the physical controls, instead only showing contextual information. Professor Bob Stone, from University of Birmingham stated, “Being able to physically manipulate virtual objects in the real world has been challenging scientists for 40 years.”
He added, “Since my first virtual reality experience at Nasa nearly 30 years ago, the technology has evolved from the primitive head-mounted displays and computers to today’s world where we can interact with complex virtual objects, integrated in real-time with real-world scenarios.”
BAE says that while they’re currently working on headsets the technology is moving so rapidly that the same technology could be used for contact lens in just 20 years.