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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 introducing a standardized family of tactical computers that can be tailored to any mission or vehicle. Traditionally it has used a "swivel-chair" approach to situational awareness, in which features were accessed on different computer systems over separate monitors. The new capability, known as the Mounted Family of Computer Systems (MFoCS), will make tactical computers scalable and interoperable, allowing soldiers to better plan, monitor and execute missions.

In June, a three-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for production and development of MFoCS was awarded to Florida-based DRS Tactical Systems. The first MFoCS computers, to be used for integration and testing, will be delivered within 20 weeks of the contract date, the Army said.

Image credit: DRS Tactical Systems Inc.

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David F. Carr
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10/11/2013 | 2:18:27 PM
re: 5 Army Tech Innovations To Watch
Not sure I see the rest of the world lining up for military-quality food.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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10/11/2013 | 4:36:35 PM
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But anti motion-sickness software on a smartwatch could appeal to many people.
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.
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 ;-)
Chuck Brooks
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Chuck Brooks,
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10/15/2013 | 5:28:57 PM
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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.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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10/16/2013 | 6:59:31 PM
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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 :)
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