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Posts Tagged ‘tactical’

postheadericon Apple and Android get drafted, soldier-centric Army apps coming soon

If we referred to an Apple or Android army, you might assume we’re talking about a legion of brand-loyal fanboys, with which most Engadget commenters are intimately familiar. Defense contractors, however, are trying to turn the US Army into a lethal Apple / Android force with soldier-centric apps. Harris Corp. has a tablet app in the works that allows soldiers to control IP cameras on UAVs for more pertinent intel on the ground while simultaneously sending that information to command centers anywhere in the world. Meanwhile, Intelligent Software Solutions aims to bring mapping mashups to the battlefield (no purpose-built device needed) with an app that combines smartphones’ geolocation with historical data to show troops what’s been going down in the area — from IED explosions to insurgent arrests. Best of all, these apps lower training costs since most warriors are already fluent in Android or iOS and the consumer handhelds can be cheaply ruggedized to replace the more robust $10,000 units in the field today. Should protective measures fail, the devices’ (relatively) low replacement cost makes them “almost disposable.”

Apple and Android get drafted, soldier-centric Army apps coming soon originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 17 Mar 2011 02:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon General Dynamics’ GD300 is the Pip-Boy that runs Android

Yes, we totally stole this headline from our Spanish colleagues, but they summed it up perfectly — the General Dynamics Itronix GD300 is right out of Fallout 3, well ahead of HP’s model. It’s a full-on wrist- or chest-mounted GPS unit with an unspecified version of Android at the helm, designed to deliver both real-time global positioning (with a SiRFstarIII chip and stubby quad-helix antenna) and connect to tactical radios. The eight-ounce ruggedized plastic package is MIL-STD 810G tested for durability and holds a 600MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, 256MB of memory, 8GB flash storage and a 3.5-inch, 800 x 480 “glove-friendly” and “sunlight readable” touchscreen display. That’s only about as powerful as your average consumer smartphone, but you’re not going to be painting targets on your Nexus One, we suppose. No word on whether it will pick up post-apocalyptic radio stations as your mission unfolds. We’ve got a close-up photo and press release after the break, and you can find the full brochure at our source link.

Continue reading General Dynamics’ GD300 is the Pip-Boy that runs Android

General Dynamics’ GD300 is the Pip-Boy that runs Android originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 09 Aug 2010 08:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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