DARPA takes Android to the battlefield in a vision system for soldiers
On more than one occasion we have had the opportunity to talk about DARPA , the research agency of the Department of Defense that is responsible for the development of research projects that have applications in the framework of Defence and Armed Forces of the United States. Over a year ago we knew that DARPA was working with Android devices for use in the battlefield as handheld devices that would allow soldiers to receive real-time data to your mission objectives, maps or images, a program that begin to see the first results in PIXNET (Pixel Network for Dynamic Visualization), an Android handset that soldiers used to display images from cameras located on their helmets.
PIXNET?? Webcam? Helmets? Surely the image of a soldier with a camera on his helmet and we find it strange, more or less, is aligned with many of the prototypes of “next generation equipment” that have been seeing in recent years. In this case, the system consists PIXNET a camera capable of delivering high-resolution images and infrared images which give more information, such as locating enemies behind a smokescreen. Obviously the camera and the system is responsible for processing all captured but visualization is performed in an Android based device, just as it might be a phone, which is hung on the wrist of the soldier as a viewer.
If this functionality we add the ability to share data with other soldiers, for example, an outpost sending data to the rest of his platoon, the system is realized as something that can be very well received within the bosom of the U.S. Armed Forces . In fact, it seems that the system could expand its functionality with target recognition and distinguish between “friends” and “enemies” for their use of weapons or using such weapons.
The idea is that DARPA is able to make 10,000 of these units per month and equip soldiers and though it might seem simple, the first prototypes have had a cost of around $ 40,000 and the objective value is not to exceed $ 3,300 per unit without affecting the functionality described and how could it be otherwise, offering a compact, lightweight and with a long autonomy.
It appears that, through this project, Android will tread the battlefields.Tags: Android, DARPA, U.S. Army