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5 Army Tech Innovations To Watch

From more powerful body armor to better tasting food, these technologies in development aim to improve the life and safety of military service members.
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The Army is developing a tool aimed at reducing altitude sickness in deployed soldiers. The tool will supply commanders who are preparing for missions with an altitude-acclimatization model that predicts at what point a soldier might feel the effects of acute mountain sickness (AMS), as well as the potential severity of the symptoms.

The ultimate goal for researchers is to create software that will run on a wristwatch, GPS or smartphone. "We are currently collaborating with MIT's Lincoln Laboratory to get this technology into a smartphone-based application," Beth Beidleman of the Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (pictured), said in a written statement. "It is important for us to provide a really basic planning tool that anyone could easily use."

Image credit: David Kamm, U.S. Army Natick Soldier RD&E Center

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Laurianne
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10/16/2013 | 6:59:31 PM
re: 5 Army Tech Innovations To Watch
I was thinking the leap from altitude sickness to motion sickness might not be that large. I hear you on the data centers, some of the interesting ones are underground not up in the air :)
Chuck Brooks
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10/15/2013 | 5:28:57 PM
re: 5 Army Tech Innovations To Watch
The TALOS project is well along MIT also has an interesting future soldier initiative. Technologies for survivability certainly are the right priority for Army research.
GAProgrammer
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10/14/2013 | 3:11:50 PM
re: 5 Army Tech Innovations To Watch
It isn't anti-motion sickness, it is altitude sickness. Not the same thing. Also, the app just predicts when it will occur, it doesn't do anything about it.

That would have a very limited and minimal impact on the non-military world. Unless people start building datacenters up high ;-)
Lorna Garey
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10/11/2013 | 4:57:22 PM
re: 5 Army Tech Innovations To Watch
As someone who has eaten her share of military-quality food, I promise, no one is lining up. Except maybe for the freeze-dried strawberries.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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10/11/2013 | 4:36:35 PM
re: 5 Army Tech Innovations To Watch
But anti motion-sickness software on a smartwatch could appeal to many people.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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10/11/2013 | 2:18:27 PM
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Not sure I see the rest of the world lining up for military-quality food.
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