A modified gamer headset under development will allow soldiers to see through a drone's eyes, aim around corners, and identify the faces of enemies in their sights, Defense One reported.
And it could be a reality "very soon," the news outlet reported.
Army officials are testing a new headset that will potentially allow soldiers looking through them to recognize the faces of individuals in a crowd — and much more, including translate foreign language street signs into English, see through the eyes of nearby flying bug drones, and train anywhere in a semi-virtual environment.
The latest version of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System, or IVAS, a lightweight set of goggles, was shown off Tuesday, the news outlet reported.
"We're going to demonstrate very, very soon, the ability, on body — if there are persons of interest that you want to look for and you're walking around, it will identify those very quickly," said Col. Chris Schneider, project manager for IVAS, at a U.S. Army Futures Command demonstration in Virginia, Defense One reported.
"We're tracking very well to integrate all sensor data onto to IVAS that we can move across a network . . . whether it be a UAV or a ground sensor, any visual data that we can process, we can get to the soldier," he added. "That's what we're working on."
Army officials expect to demonstrate the drone view capability in October, but wide deployment is not expected until the mid 2020s.
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