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Dressed To Kill

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

This image from the September 28, 1959 issue of ‘Life’ magazine depicts a developmental US Army clothing system reportedly intended for wear on a nuclear battlefield. While the gloves, mask and coveralls are interesting, what is really cool is the helmet, complete with IR goggles.

The plastic helmet integrates the AN/PRC-34 radio, the developmental Soldier Radio of its day and an attempt to replace the large, walkie-talkie PRC-6 squad radios. The two studs along the crown of the helmet hold the antenna in place when not in use. In this photo, the antenna is deployed. Between the M-1 helmet-style webbing and the shell was a snag of wires.

But the IR goggles are the real treat here, considering this photo is coming up on 60 years old. First off, they are binocular and mount in a similar fashion to what we still do today.  You can also see the battery pack at the rear of the helmet.  A later version of the helmet was developed that offered some ballistic protection as well accommodations for a newer radio variant, the PRC-36.  However, this radio was not integrated directly into the helmet.

SHOT Show – SOCET GXP by BAE Systems

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

BAE Systems is working to bring the software used to produce customized Gridded Reference Graphics to the first responder and LE communities. In particular, they want to prepare products to support counter active shooter operations.

  

The software can also be used by investigators and prosecutors to recreate crime scenes. Data sets can come from a wide variety of sources. For example, the parking lot image in the graphic above was taken by a DSLR from a state police helo. They later mensurated the image using the software.

  

Now the exciting part. It will run on a mobile device. You don’t have to hand out hard copies.

This product is available through www.unifireusa.com.

Edgegear – Shift

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

 

Edgegear developed a new ambidextrous strap for fitness watches, called the Shift, which moves it to a better location for viewing on the go.

 

The Shift watch band comes with an adjustable band and three loop sizes for a custom fit for petite to large-size wrists. Available now for pre-order with deliveries in April.

getedgegear.com

Garmin Epix

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Imagine seeing where you are on a map or image just by glancing at your wristwatch.  The Garmin Epix incorprates full color mapping, GPS/GLONASS and watch functions.  

-1.4-inch high-resolution color touchscreen
-Worldwide shaded relief basemap
-8 GB built-in memory so you can load up on maps, such as TOPO U.S. 24K, BirdsEye Satellite Imagery, City Navigator and BlueChart g2 maps
-Preloaded TOPO 100K maps also available
-Fitness Training Apps
-Stainless steel EXO antenna with GPS/GLONASS reception
Water rated to 50m
-Bluetooth enabled

 Mapping Examples 

Satellite Positioning
Earlier we mentioned both GPS and GLONASS functionality which is very exciting because you can access both US and Russian satellite positioning data.  This feature just might come in handy if someone decides to use GPS jamming.  

Altimeter, Weather and 3-axis Compass

If you are on the job and looking for Garmin products, contact Strohman Enterprise. I cannot say enough good things about how well Joe and his team will take care of you. They are my go-to for Garmin products.

Situational Awareness – It’s A Thing

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

  
This reminds me of a section in the book “Starship Troopers” during training where Rico talks about being so fixated on all of the displays in the suit that a guy could walk up and hit you over the head with a rock.  

Juggernaut.Board MFF-T2

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

  
Juggernaut Defense and ADI Technologies assembled a team to develp the Navigation Board solution for CTTSO to assist HALO/HAHO jumpers. By bringing together several key trainers and HAHO jumpers from the SOF community, the best ideas from several decades of high altitude-high opening navigation were applied to the design.

   
The Juggernaut.Board™ MFF-T2 has several key features which enable jumpers to employ the NavBoard under canopy without interfering with the many types of containers and kit loadouts.

  
By applying the same hinged design as the Juggernaut.Case™ Armor.Mount, the NavBoard is able to be fully folded up or down for aircraft exit and landing. While under canopy the board can be angled into view, enabling the user to manipulate Jumpmaster apps within ATAK and APASS, utilize the red-LED backlit Oceanic Compass, and view the wrist-top GPS mounted to the board.

  
Also integrated into the board is a CR123 powered heater-element capable of sustaining operation of the device down to -50°C for 30 minutes and a stylus-garage/tether for operating apps on the device with thick cold-weather gloves on.

For additional information, visit shop.juggernautcase.com/JuggernautBoard-Military-Freefall-Toolkit-2-JGMTMFFT201

Black Diamond Advanced Technology Launches Updated Website

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

 

www.bdatech.com

Battlefield Airmen Trauma Distributed Observation Kit

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Just last week I was discussing AFRL’s BATMAN effort with some colleagues. Let’s hope this latest project sees a transition from lab to the field.

  

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — Imagine a future battlefield where an Air Force pararescue jumper treats seven wounded service members at once. He places sensors on their chests, arms and fingers, which immediately feed vital signs to a small wireless computer, no bigger than a cell phone, on his forearm.

As he checks out the fifth person, his computer vibrates. He looks at the computer screen: the second person’s heart rate is dropping. The pararescueman moves back to the second person and performs chest compressions, saving their life.

That future is not far off. Engineers with the 711th Human Performance Wing from the Human Effectiveness Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, are working on exactly this kind of wearable technology to assist medics in the field.

It’s called BATDOK (Battlefield Airmen Trauma Distributed Observation Kit), and it is part of a larger advanced technology demonstration program known as BATMAN (Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided Knowledge), which focuses on adapting technologies to dismounted Airmen.

“Currently PJs treat patients one-to-one,” said Dr. Gregory Burnett, the program’s chief engineer. “Now we can have one PJ treat and monitor multiple patients simultaneously.”

BATDOK runs on a smartphone but can transfer to any variety of devices. “If a PJ wanted to run it in the field, he could use it on a smartphone,” Burnett said, “or he could use it on a 10-inch tablet in a helicopter.”

BATDOK includes wrist and chest mounts to make access to the device easier, although some PJs simply prefer keeping the device in their pocket.

Wireless sensors placed on the patient send aggregated vitals to the computer screen, providing PJs the ability to make emergency medical decisions. Like a cellphone, the device can be set for three kinds of alerts: auditory, tactical or visual. The alerts notify the PJ not only to which patient is in danger, but also to his or her vitals.

  

To develop this technology, the BATMAN research team worked very closely with PJs to identify what critical information the operators needed so the team could develop the most intuitive and effective interface.

Burnett explained that there are three phases to the team’s work: interface, innovate and integrate. Through direct interaction with the operators, the team innovated a solution, and integrated it to the PJs’ equipment and mission needs.

BATDOK does not just help during critical care. It keeps a record of all its patients’ vitals and other information. After a mission, a PJ could retrieve the data for a patient care report.

“All those key medical care procedures are logged for better documentation of care,” Burnett said.

It is also adaptable for improved technology. “We use FDA approved sensors,” said 1st Lt. Max Gabreski, a software engineer on the BATMAN team, “but if a new sensor becomes available, we find a way to quickly integrate the sensor into our system.”

BATDOK could also be used on humanitarian missions, where a commander monitors a team entering an earthquake- or tsunami-ravaged area. “It could accommodate not just the military, but civilian needs,” Burnett added.

Presently, BATDOK is being tested by Air Force Special Operations Command and Air Combat Command, and will be brought to decision boards soon. It is also being used in training scenarios at strategic locations around the United States.

“It’s getting a lot of attention from the pararescue community,” Burnett said. “It’s a really effective system, capable of improving patient survivability not just in the Air Force, but the DOD and the civilians that it cares for.”

The story originates at www.af.mil/News.