military

  • Hand-held lie detector Afghanistan-bound

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/24020044#24020044 In order to save American lives, which I’m all for, the Pentagon will employ a hand-held lie detector in Afghanistan. The device, which was developed by a team at Johns Hopkins (the algorithm, at least) and sold by Lafayette Instrument, Co., costs $7,500 a pop and goes by the name Preliminary Credibility Assessment Screening System. Read More

  • Place your photos in meat-world

    Have a box of old photographs of people in places no one can remember? Viewfinder is a new project designed to “place” photos in the geographical location they were taken in less than a minute. While this might seem really nice to “place” Grammy in Times Square in 1972 it’s also a great way to “place” Osama Bin Laden next to a tree in Outer Burri Burri… Read More

  • Navy freaking out over the "Holy Grail of Lasers"

    Navy freaking out over the "Holy Grail of Lasers"

    Lasers are already being used in the field to shoot down missiles and such, but they are limited in their applications because they require volatile chemical agents or fragile crystal arrays — neither one something you want in a battlefield situation. But the Free Electron Laser uses a “turbocharged stream of electrons” to start the reaction that fires the laser. For whatever… Read More

  • For your protection: Pentagon okays development of new radio system

    [photopress:newpentrad.jpg,full,center] The Pentagon would like you to know that it has approved the development of a new type of radio system to be used in our future weapons of war. It goes by the acronym-friendly name Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS, not to be confused with JSR) and will be developed by either Boeing or Lockeheed Martin, which has “who would have guessed?” written… Read More

  • Military going forward with brain-controlled weaponry

    [photopress:augcog_boeing.jpg,full,center] We’ve seen mind-reading game controllers, but the military is still searching for the perfect mind-controlled weapon, and is spending big money to find it. At issue is that different parts of the brain can do the same thing at the same time, so targeting the specific centers is difficult. In addition, some actions require parts of the brain to work… Read More

  • Dell announces new military-grade rugged notebook

    Dell announces new military-grade rugged notebook

    Dell’s gone rugged. Like, super rugged. Like, military rugged with the Latitude XFR D630. Starting at just under $4,000 and weighing in at almost nine pounds (just shy of a regular consumer laptop from Dell — hay-oh!), the D630 comes with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, XP or Vista, 14.1-inch outdoor-viewable screen (at 500 nits), and shock-mounted components. It meets the military… Read More

  • Robot soldiers pose threat to human life

    [photopress:killerrobots.jpg,full,center] An artificial life expert warned today that robotic soldiers (like the one pictured here) pose a threat to human life, and not just the bad guys’ lives. The robots, said the dude from the University of Sheffield, are currently safer in that they need a human being to give the final go-ahead to open fire. As the technology improves, however, this last… Read More

  • Canadian military warns soldiers not to post sensitive info to social networks

    [photopress:canadafb.jpg,full,right] Perhaps it isn’t wise to update your Facebook status with your location if you’re in the military. Just a guess. Canada’s military leaders have told their troops to refrain from posing sensitive information on social networks like Facebook and MySpace. The fear is that Al Qaeda (and other evildoers, presumably) could be watching your profile… Read More

  • The US army's open source woes

    The US army's open source woes

    I don’t think anyone thought that converting an entire military-industrial complex to Linux would be easy. Well, now we know for sure it’s hard, and it seems that they forget to check whether their new free and open-source-based systems would play nice with their Windows-based legacy software. Apparently they chose Linux for their new multi-billion-dollar program because they… Read More

  • Lt. General Caldwell calls on Pentagon to lift prohibition against troop blogging

    [photopress:generalblogging.jpg,full,center] “The public has a voracious appetite for the sensational, the graphic and the shocking. We all have a difficult time taking our eyes off the train wreck in progress – it is human nature…When our Soldiers tell/share their stories, it has an overwhelmingly positive effect.” So blogs Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, on his blog… Read More

 
  • Military-grade translation coming to civilian iPods

    Military-grade translation coming to civilian iPods

    Get the hell outta here. Special iPod software that our soldiers use to communicate with Arabic- and Kurdish-speaking people will be made available to regular Joe-Jobbers like you and me soon. That’s quacktastic. Here’s more from Computerworld… For example, soldiers can show Iraqi citizens a photo of a terrorist, and the iPod says in Arabic, “have you seen this… Read More

  • Australia's $4.4 million kinetic energy vest

    Australia's $4.4 million kinetic energy vest

    Sure, you could build your own similar device for far less than $4.4 million (Australian) but would it look nearly as awesome as the vest that the bad mamma jamma on the left is wearing? My position is “no, it would not.” The aforementioned money was given to Australia’s national science agency as a grant in the hopes that it could develop an “electrojacket” that… Read More

  • Poopy Brown Halo 3 Zune For US Military

    Poopy Brown Halo 3 Zune For US Military

    I think we all know what MS is doing with all the poopy brown Zunes that aren’t selling. They’re making Halo 3 Military Editions for the US military and they will go on sale in military retail stores at a discounted price this month. MS donated 300 of the special edition 30GB Zunes to the USO of Metropolitan Washington and soldiers leaving for duty today had special access to the Zune… Read More

  • Fundraising Raffle for Paramilitary Body Armor! No, Really!

    Fundraising Raffle for Paramilitary Body Armor! No, Really!

    Today, we’re giving away a 42″ HDTV. That’s a cool prize, but it’s not really unique. You’re a geek. You want a prize that says “I’ve got more nerdcred than you.” We’ve found a contest that you might like. The makers of the Trojan line of infantry body armor are raffling off a full military-grade suit of body armor. They’re doing this to… Read More

  • The Hi-Tech Soldier: A Retrospective

    The Hi-Tech Soldier: A Retrospective

    Today is Memorial Day in the greatest country on Earth, the greatest country in history. CNET knows this and has a patriotic slide show featuring freedom-spreading technology the U.S. Army uses or plans to use on the battlefields of liberty. I like this picture here the best because it shows our boys, Over There, controlling a Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle with an Xbox 360 controller. Now… Read More

  • Rough Ridin' Mac Mini for Mighty Mac Daddies

    Rough Ridin' Mac Mini for Mighty Mac Daddies

    We tried to come up with reasons why you’d need to ruggedize a Mac Mini, but we came up with none. Really, a MacBook Pro and a nice bag should be good enough, but apparently some people want to take their diminutive Macs on the road. And there is a case for them. Here it is, enjoy. Read More

  • Lone, Crackpot Inventor Gets Big Military Contract for Helihovercraft

    Lone, Crackpot Inventor Gets Big Military Contract for Helihovercraft

    In the annals of sci-fi and, in fact, history, it’s the lone inventor, toiling away in his basement, who discovers amazing insights and is ignored, tragically, by the general public. Luckily, Geoff Hatton got the word out before aliens/zombies/ninjas could attack the President. Hatton’s project, a hovercraft/helicopter platform that can fly at an almost unlimited height and offers full… Read More

  • Reporter Gets Shot With Pain Gun

    Yay! AP reporters! Yay! Pain guns! Yay! Effective military protection using high energy waves! Yay! Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic! via Giz Read More

  • Samsung Coming Out With Robot Gun To Protect Its South Korean Homeland

    Samsung Coming Out With Robot Gun To Protect Its South Korean Homeland

    Samsung now makes guns and butter. The company will produce sentry robot guns that will be stationed along the Korean Demilitarized Zone. The SGR-A1, which was funded by the South Korean government, will make its debut along the most exciting border in the world sometime this year. The sentry gun uses a system of cameras and special software to differentiate between actual, evil North Koreans and… Read More

  • Video of Our High Tech Military Might in Action

    Our brave men and women are fighting “over there” and they’re using some pretty advanced equipment to bring freedom to a desperate people. This video delivers eight glorious minutes of our bravest detailing the technology they use to spread democracy around the world. Lots of awesome explosions and guns in this one. My favorite is the eyepiece the soldiers use to check Google… Read More