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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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A four-year effort at the Army's Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) has resulted in a fully integrated headgear system that offers soldiers more protection and comfort than before. The Helmet Electronics and Display System-Upgradeable Protection, or HEaDS-UP, reduces the logistic footprint of combat helmets for ground soldiers, Don Lee, a NSRDEC project engineer, said in a written statement. "Right now, mounted soldiers have two helmets. So if they dismount from the vehicle, they're supposed to swap helmets."

With HEaDS-UP, both mounted and dismounted soldiers can use one helmet. The Army has developed two modular headgear concepts that include technologies such as see-through and projected heads-up displays, improved ballistic materials, and communications. The headgear also features eye, face and hearing protection.

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

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Laurianne
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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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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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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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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
re: 5 Army Tech Innovations To Watch
Not sure I see the rest of the world lining up for military-quality food.
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