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US Army Introducing Heads Up Display With Tactical Augmented Reality

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

WASHINGTON (Army News Service) — A novel technology called “Tactical Augmented Reality,” or TAR, is now helping Soldiers precisely locate their positions, as well as the locations of friends and foes, said Richard Nabors.


(Photo Credit: David Vergun)

It even enables them to see in the dark, all with a heads-up display device that looks like night-vision goggles, or NGV, he added. So in essence, TAR replaces NVG, GPS, plus it does much more.

Nabors, an associate for strategic planning at U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, spoke about TAR at the Pentagon’s Lab Day, Thursday.

Currently, most Soldiers use a hand-held GPS system that approximates their position, he said, but only if their device is geo-registered to their location.

Geo-registration is the alignment of an observed image with a geodetically-calibrated reference image.

TAR does the geo-registration automatically, he said.

Staff Sgt. Ronald Geer, a counterterrorism non-commissioned officer at CERDEC’s Night Vision and Electronics Sensors Directorate, said that with TAR, Soldiers don’t have to look down at their GPS device. In fact, they no longer need a separate GPS device because with TAR, the image is in the eyepiece, which is mounted to the Soldier’s helmet in the same way NVG is mounted.

So what they would see, he said, is the terrain in front of them, overlaid with a map.

TAR is also designed to be used both day and night, he added.


A novel technology called “Tactical Augmented Reality,” or TAR, is now helping Soldiers precisely locate their positions, as well as the locations of friends and foes. The technology enables a tiny, heads-up display attached to the helmet, as modeled by Staff Sgt. Ronald Geer, a counterterrorism non-commissioned officer at CERDEC’s Night Vision and Electronics Sensors Directorate, during Lab Day at the Pentagon, May 18, 2017. (Photo Credit: David Vergun)

Furthermore, Geer pointed out that the eyepiece is connected wirelessly to a tablet the Soldiers wear on their waist and it’s wirelessly connected to a thermal site mounted on their rifle or carbine.

If a Soldier is pointing his or her weapon, the image of the target, plus other details like the distance to target, can be seen through the eyepiece.

The eyepiece even has a split screen, so for example, if the rifle is pointed rearward and the Soldier is looking forward, the image shows both views, he said.

Also, a Soldier behind a wall or other obstacle could lift the rifle over the wall and see through the sites via the heads-up display without exposing his or her head.

Finally, Geer said that TAR’s wireless system allows a Soldier to share his or her images with other members of the squad. The tablet allows Soldiers to input information they need or to share their own information with others in their squad.

TECHNOLOGY BREAKTHROUGH

David Fellowes, an electronics engineer at CERDEC, said that the key technological breakthrough was miniaturizing the image to fit into the tiny one-inch-by-one-inch eyepiece.


(Photo Credit: US Army)

Current commercial technology compresses images into sizes small enough to fit into tablet and cell phone-sized windows, but getting a high-definition image into the very tiny eyepiece was a challenge that could not be met with commercial, off-the-shelf hardware.

Since about 2008, CERDEC, the Army Research Laboratory and industry have been working to make this miniaturization happen, he said.

By about 2010, the image was compressed enough to be shown in black and white, as well as a greenish monochrome version, he said.

Those systems have already been fielded to certain units, he said.

Currently, CERDEC is working on producing more advanced versions that are in full color and have a brightness display that can even be seen in daylight. The current monochrome versions are also bright enough to be seen in daylight.

Fellowes said he’s not sure when those will be manufactured and fielded, but during user testing, Soldiers expressed their deep appreciation of the image sharpness and contrast.

He added that the TARs will provide Soldiers with a much higher level of situational awareness than they currently have and he said he fully expects that the devices will save lives and contribute to mission success

Warrior West – BadAss New Designs From Juggernaut.Case

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Juggernaut.Case keeps coming up with great designs and the latest additions to the line are BadAss.

In addition to the iPad Mini 3&4 cases at the lower right, you see a Tab S2 9.7 Tablet Case on a 10-series vehicle mount. To the right of the vehicle mount is a inductive charge vehicle mount. Which allows you to dock and charge your device without plugging in a cable. All of this BadAssery is coming soon.

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Stealth Cam unveils a Dual Card reader for IOS and Android Devices

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

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Stealth Cam is always reinventing products to help consumers make the most of every hunt, with the introduction of the Dual Card Reader, DDMCR, the SD card viewing process just became that much easier! The new and improved Dual Card Reader, DDMCR, is now universal and can be used with both IOS and Android devices. With the included adapters, users can view photos or videos without removing the phones’ protective cases.

To view images on your IOS device, simply download the free I-Easy Drive App and go! For first time users, your device will prompt you to download this app when first inserted into your iPhone or iPad. Once downloaded, the app allows the user to instantly turn their smart device into a viewing device, showcasing the photos or videos captured on your game camera(s). For an Android users, it’s simply plug and play or just access your file manager. The days of hauling an SD card all the way back to a home or office computer, then emailing the photo to obtain it on a phone are a thing of the past! Now, simply remove the SD card from the camera while in the woods, plug it into the card reader and view, download, or share the photos directly from your phone or tablet. Quick and convenient! Stealth Cams Dual Card Reader is compact and lightweight, and can fit into even the smallest hunting packs. The Dual Card Reader, DDMCR, has edged out the competition and delivers an experience that simplifies the lives of those using a game camera. Stealth Cam understands that most sportsman are using protective cases on their smart phones that more often than not are a big hassle to remove, thus the addition of the extension/adapters to bypass your smartphones protective case. The best part about this device is it doesn’t break the bank, coming in at $29.99 MSRP.

Stealth Cam DDMCR Features:

• View trail cam images on your Apple iOS & Android smartphone or tablet with USB-OTG functionality.
• Connection: Micro USB, Lightning, and USB 2.0
• Compatible card types: SD / SDHC / SDXC/ MMC/MMC 4.0 / Micro SD / micro SDHC / micro SDXC
• CE / FCC / RoHS Standards
• Phone & SD card Sold Separately
• Includes Micro USB and Lightning Adapters for use with protective cases
• MSRP: $29.99

Arc’teryx Launches iPhone App

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Deadbird Fanatics unite! Arc’teryx has released an iPhone app giving you all the access you need for your daily fix of all things from NorVan.

Just the facts:
• Shop Arc’teryx apparel and gear
• Explore your own customized feed of photos, videos, articles and products
• Read customer reviews
• Share photos, articles, and videos from the app
• Find an Arc’teryx brand store or dealer near you

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T:Worx – I-Rail

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

SPC Joshua Harris, A CO/1-29 Infantry is firing a carbine outfitted with the latest version of the Intelligent Rail or I-Rail, developed by T:Worx, a subsidiary of Prototype Productions.

It is a Picatinny standard, Weapon Accessory Power and Data Rail. Below, you can see an older variant. There is a short cable that runs across the lower receiver to the grip which attaches further to the batteries contained in the collapsible butt stock.

In addition to providing power to weapon accessories, I-Rail is capable of connecting those accessories to the network through the Nett Warrior end user device and Soldier radio.

I-Rail is one of the technologies undergoing evaluation by US and British Army Soldiers during the 2017 Advanced Expeditionary Warfighting Experiment at Ft Benning, GA.

Here is Cpl Craig Gordon, 1st Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment (The Vikings), moving across a linear danger area during Pilot Mission 1. As you can see, T:Worx has adapted the design to more incorporate more modern features. Gone are the permanent Pic rails at the 3,6,9 and 12 positions.

US Army photos by Angie DePuydt.

Heads-Ups Navigation, Tracking and Reporting System

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

The Heads-Ups Navigation, Tracking and Reporting (HUNTR) system, developed by the Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate at CERDEC, is a capability designed to improve situational awareness. HUNTR displays icons and graphics that are visible within the user’s field of view and on the Soldier’s NETT Warrior end user device by using a see-through heads-up display. During hours of limited visibility, HUNTR also displays graphics and icons on the Soldier’s Enhanced Night Vision Goggle II (AN/PSQ-20A).

Here, we see 1LT Obinna Opara, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment (EXFOR) during the Advanced Expeditionary Warfighting Experiment 2017 Collective Practice at Fort Benning, GA. HUNTR’s rail is obviously inspired by the Ops-Core ARC rail but NVESD has incorporated a camera into the device.

This photo of LT Jonathon Taylor of the British Army’s, 1st Bn, Royal Anglian Regt, briefing BG Mark Odom of the CDLC, ARCIC on HUNTR shows another angle of the system. The rail system currently incorporates an umbilical cable.

U.S. Army photo by Angie DePuydt

Juggernaut.Case Forearm.Mount

Friday, January 6th, 2017

I thought this photo wouod be a good share for those of you who use mobile devices on duty.

Many users ask, “what if I can’t mount a case to my armor?” Well, the Forearm.Mount with Boa closure system is available for those users that prefer this configuration.

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Dutch Military Announces Smart Vest

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Beginning in 2016, the Dutch Army purchased 80 Smart Vests. The Smart Vest is a ballistic vest with an integrated, mobile communication system which includes GPS and Blue Force Tracking, and is a part of the material project, Improved Operational Soldier System (VOSS). With a comms package by the Israeli firm Elbit and battery and GPS systems from Thales Netherlands, the Army plans to begin fielding 5,500 examples of the Smart Vest in 2017.

In the photo below, from the Dutch Army newspaper, a member of C Company from the 42nd Battalion “Limburgse Jagers”, tests a prototype of the Smart Vest, which took place over a three week period. The evaluation results will be shared with the manufacturers for any possible improvements.

As you can see in this second photo, the Smart Vest is in the equipment camo variant of NFP. During the US Army’s Camouflage Improvement Effort, there was to be a family of camouflage patterns developed with three-to-four patterns, all sharing common shapes and geometry. The first would be for Transitional use. Additional bookends for Woodland and Arid environments were to be offered as well as an optional fourth pattern specifically for use with Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment, although most contenders chose to use their Transitional patterns for this purpose. The Netherlands Fractal Pattern program takes a similar approach, with specialty patterns for different environments. Coincidentally, this is the first public photo of the NFP equipment pattern. The combat shirt is a trial version as well, although it is in a Coyote color.

The Smart Vest is powered by the E-lighter, a Fokker developed portable diesel generator, which provides 48 hours of power. Like the Smart Vest, the E-Lighter is an independent subproject under VOSS, with development almost complete.