army

  • 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

  • Xbox Skillz Good in Warzones

    Johnny 5 isn’t autonomous yet, so he needs help navigating the battlefield. US troops in Iraq are trained to use SUGVs (Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles) to be their eyes, ears, and even triggerfingers in highly hostile situations. These robots are cheap enough to almost be considered disposable, and allow the ground troops to explore intense areas with little or no risk to life. The… Read More

  • 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

  • GPS Sniper Rifle Tracks Terrorists, Pizza Delivery Guy

    Though headshots and blowing the enemy’s leg off in battle are fun in video games, non-lethal weapons can prove extremely useful in real-life situations. Danish company Empire North is working on a GPS-based rifle called ID Sniper that’s designed to embed a tiny GPS chip in a target’s body from up to 1.1km away. But if you’re thinking that GPS chips are the only… Read More