Skip to comments.U.S. Army may soon equip troops with smartphones (combat gear)
Posted on 07/15/2011 8:40:34 AM PDT by Libloather
U.S. Army may soon equip troops with smartphones
By Mark Milian, CNN
July 12, 2011
For U.S. Army troops, smartphones could become requisite field gear, along with boots, guns and ammunition.
This dry run has proved so encouraging that Army officials say they expect the first wave of smartphone-equipped soldiers could be shipped overseas later this year.
Certain members of brigades are already assigned tactical radios. The phones wouldn't replace radios, but they would be distributed more widely and would ideally operate in conjunction with older equipment, officials said.
The infantry is using smartphones to text message updates about their surroundings, send pictures with an attached GPS location, pull up maps, and quickly fill out regular reports.
"When they have a problem or need to submit a report, they default to the texting," said Michael McCarthy, an Army director for the program. "These young soldiers grew up with this technology. They're very familiar with it. They're very comfortable with it."
Systems that tap a phone's camera and GPS to overlay information on an image of nearby surroundings, also called "augmented reality," is also in development, officials said.
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As long as they don’t MMS their junk.
hopefully they’re not Verizon phones
“Made in China”.
What could possibly go wrong...
Lucky service provider.
So now we are going to pay to put up cell towers in the ‘Stans?
When is this going to stop?
Indeed So now we are going to pay to put up cell towers.
Ok you guy’s no shooting at us until we get the towers up and no blowing them up.
Make them ruck 25 miles on the hills at Ft. Knox with a SINCGARS or a 240b with a spare barrel and ammo and then grab a box full of sh*& and hold up each piece and say, “but it’s only another 6 ounces.”
Then we’ll see how important some of this gear is.
OK, but please equip the generals and admirals with smart brains first.
The average Afghan heats his mud house with dried crap, wipes his backside with his left hand, has a dirt floor, does not have electricity, and can not read. But he does have a cell phone.
This network will use some sort of areostat for an antenna.