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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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Army scientists and engineers have come up with a way to reduce the weight of body armor, a major problem for soldiers exposed to extreme terrains and temperatures. A new manufacturing process has created armor that is 10% lighter -- a breakthrough that is expected to also benefit the Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy and Special Operations Command, which have similar body-armor requirements.

"To accomplish this weight reduction, researchers pushed advances in composites, ceramics and component integration," the Army said. All of these materials are necessary to make the armor safe for soldiers, for instance, in stopping a bullet, managing the bullet's momentum and preventing trauma. The next step, according to the Army, is to transfer the "processing technology" to body-armor manufacturers.

Image credit: Conrad Johnson, Army Research, Development and Engineering Command

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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.
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
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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
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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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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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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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