Recently, the Pentagon released information regarding an update to the U.S. Military augmented warrior programs. The Tactical Augmented Reality (TAR) display integrates with command structures and feeds geosynchronized, real-time information to units who are deployed in the field.

The TAR system improves significantly upon pre-existing systems by utilizing a 70 degree field of view display, improved display resolution and intensity, and user ability to control their information feed.

What impact can this have on soldiers in the field?

By transitioning from a smartphone-based heads-down display to an integrated heads-up, translucent display, warriors in the field can be fed information in real-time without having to look away from their environment to obtain new intelligence.

 

How will this impact the perception of information?

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The most vital asset soldiers in the field can have situational intelligence and heads-down displays for operators to choose between environmental awareness and operational intelligence. Combining these two forms of intelligence enable soldiers in operation to put their focus on collecting information and responding to their situation simultaneously.

 

What are the key features of TAR?

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The TAR system combines a 70-degree window field of view with a display that is 20 times more visible than the Lite-Eye display, enabling users to clearly see the information coming through their display even in the brightest of environments. TAR enables night vision and geosynchronized location intelligence to be fed according to mission requirements. Users can also use the TAR platform to follow or set waypoints, gather information about their surroundings, and mark targets for their comrades.

 

Summary

The TAR augmented reality system represents significant improvements in device and component size, reliability, and capabilities. TAR showcases translucent AR visor intensity, display size, and network connectivity and throughput improvements that are now enabling frontline warriors to carry out their jobs more safely and with improved awareness of their operation and environment alike.

 

Conclusion

Augmented reality provides similar benefits to employees and civilians in corporate and other environments in their daily lives. Productivity and ability to rapidly update the required day-to-day operations ranging from accounting and customer service to vehicle maintenance and inventory monitoring.