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PIG FDT Alpha Touch Gloves from SKD Tactical

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

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I’ve been wearing the Patrol Incident Gear gloves for quite awhile now. I really appreciate the fit and dexterity. About two weeks ago, SKD Tactical contacted me and told me that they had a new variant of the Full Dexterity Tactical coming out that is compatible with touch screens for mobile devices. They sent me a pair and they work as advertised. The PIG gloves were already awesome, now, they are even better.

FEATURES (* indicates industry firsts for a tactical glove):
-*Single Layer Multi-Piece Palm- Designed specifically so that only one layer of material contacts your shooting grip.
-*Sensitized and Isolated Trigger Finger- The thinnest available Clarino™ material available, only on the trigger finger for ultimate sensitivity.
-*Selective Forschette Material- Inside forschettes are ventilated for maximum wicking. Outer forschettes are Clarino for durability.
-*Low Profile Hook Closure- Reduces abrasion on clothing.
-*Flex Joints- Enhanced flexibility and ventilation on each finger.
-*Dual Flex Joint Trigger Finger- Providing maximum flexibility where you need it most.
-*Silver Conductive Thread- Maximum reliability for touch screen use with no loss in tactile dexterity (Alpha TOUCH model ONLY).
-Bar-Tacked Para Cord Pull Loop… YES, NOW BAR-TACKED..
-Short Cuff- Lightweight comfort and convenience.
-Micro Suede Nose Wipe- Fights against cold-weather drip.
-Ventilation holes in Palms and Fingers- Increased wicking.
-Isolated Edge Padding- Protection without compromising the shooting grip.
-Wrap-Over Finger Tips- Provides additional comfort and protection for finger nails.
-Stretch Cordura 1000D Padded Knuckles- Stretch Cordura reduces pressure on the seams, thin padding takes the edge off of impacts.

PIG glove

Available in Black, Coyote or Ranger Green, sizes Small – 2 Xlarge. These are intended to be worn tight. Please note, these are Non-FR.

www.skdtac.com

iPhone 5 Juggernaut Case On Kickstarter

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

This is a reminder that Juggernaut Defense is currently looking for funding on Kickstarter to create a Juggernaut Case variant for the iPhone 5. New photos of the iPhone 5 case can be seen below.

The Juggernaut Case is a military grade rugged wearable case and mount for mobile devices designed to allow users to bring their smartphones to the field to enhance communication capabilities. The case itself is waterproof, dustproof, and shock and drop proof. It features hardened anti-glare glass screen protection, and offers quick phone insertion and removal. Available mounts for the Juggernaut Case will include sternum-strap and MOLLE/PALS chest straps, a forearm mount, and a back pack mount that attaches to any backpack shoulder strap in a vertical position. Juggernaut Cases are currently available for a variety of Motorola and Samsung mobile devices, although Juggernaut Defense is looking to expand the Juggernaut Case line to the iPhone 5 by securing funding through Kickstarter.

www.juggernautcase.com/index.html

AUSA – Revision

Monday, October 21st, 2013

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We stopped by Revision and they showed us a couple of technologies that they are adapting for use in USSOCOM’s TALOS (Tactical Assault Lightweight Operator Suit) program. The Prowler was developed with Canadian firm B-tema and serves as a lower extremity enhancement exoskeleton. Revision is also working to offer armor panels for the Prowler that will protect the legs and in particular the femoral artery from threats.

“Revision is committed to developing next generation Soldier protection. Two key technology programs that were launched at AUSA this year are the ‘Advanced Head Protection System (AHPS),’ and the ‘Prowler Human Augmentation,’ system.

The AHPS is a rifle round stopping helmet, with full maxillo facial protection, integrated electronics, integrated heads up display to Android, and pneumatic liner system that meets the new 14.1 fps impact requirement. The AHPS was developed in concert with the US Army Labs Natick.

The Prowler, is Revision’s Human Augmentation device. It increases a soldiers metabolic reserve while preventing short and long term injuries. The Prowler allows our soldiers to be more lethal on the objective while increasing deployability through reduced injury. The Prowler, has been tested by SOCOM and CANSOFCOM, and is under contract with the US Army Labs Natick. Shown to provide a 33% mechanical advantage, the Prowler proves to be the next human augmentation system.

Both systems are continuing to be innovated in support of several DoD and international programs as well as SOCOM’s TALOS program.”

Revision also showed us their .30 protective helmet solution that was originally developed for the US Army but is being adapted to the TALOS requirement. The Advanced Head Protection System will incorporate a .30 protective mandible and visor as well as the pneumatic, adjustable padding system and dual ratchet-style adjustment already available from Revision.

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www.RevisionMilitary.com

Juggernaut Defense – Juggernaut Case For iPhone 5 On Kickstarter

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

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The Juggernaut Case is a military grade rugged wearable case and mount for mobile devices designed to allow users to bring their smartphones to the field to enhance communication capabilities. The case itself is waterproof, dustproof, and shock and drop proof. It features hardened anti-glare glass screen protection, and offers quick phone insertion and removal. Available mounts for the Juggernaut Case will include sternum-strap and MOLLE/PALS chest straps, a forearm mount, and a back pack mount that attaches to any backpack shoulder strap in a vertical position. Juggernaut Cases are currently available for a variety of Motorola and Samsung mobile devices, although Juggernaut Defense is looking to expand the Juggernaut Case line to the iPhone 5 by securing funding through Kickstarter.

www.kickstarter.com/projects/1497281316/ruggedized-wearable-iphone-5-case-and-mounts-for-a

www.juggernautcase.com/index.html

Juggernaut Case For iPhone 5 – Soon To Go Up On Kickstarter

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

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Starting September 30th, Juggernaut Defense is launching a Kickstarter to fund an iPhone 5 variant for their Juggernaut Case. We’ll be sure to keep you updated when the project goes up for funding.

Juggernaut Cases enable units to employ the ‘smartphone on the battlefield’ by ruggedizing the device within a shockproof/dustproof, IP-6X Case that contains an EMI-shielded USB connection to tactical radios through a sealed Glenair 80-series connector. By implementing features like the hands-free/flip-down armor mount and anti-glare etched chem-strengthened glass screen protector, users will be able to employ this ‘smartdevice technology’ running Android apps on the battlefield. The cases and mounts are manufactured in Arizona and are Berry-Compliant.

www.juggernautcase.com/index.html

DARPA’s Warrior Web Entering Final Phase

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Ok, so maybe it’s not an Iron Man suit, but the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s “Warrior Web aims to develop a soft, lightweight undersuit that would help reduce injuries and fatigue and improve Soldiers’ ability to efficiently perform their missions.” And, they want to do it using no more than 100 watts of power.

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Entering its final phase, program seeks proposals that would help combine promising technologies into a comfortable, lightweight undersuit that would help prevent injury and boost endurance

DARPA seeks proposals in the following technology areas:

Integrated advanced control systems across multiple joints
Materials, fabrics, structures, sensors, sensor interfaces and human factors associated with developing conforming, assistive wearable technologies
Technologies that significantly reduce the potential for acute or chronic injury of a wearer under typical warfighter mission profile situations
Technologies that increase physical capabilities and/or endurance of humans during activities such as running, lifting, climbing, carrying a load, marksmanship, etc.
Additional assistive wearable technologies for rehabilitation, physical therapy or those intended to help improve quality of life for the aging population

“Many of the individual technologies currently under development show real promise to reduce injury and fatigue and improve endurance,” said LTC Joseph Hitt, DARPA program manager for Warrior Web. “Now we’re aiming to combine them—and hopefully some new ones, too—into a single system that nearly every Soldier could wear and would provide decisive benefits under real-world conditions.”

Warrior Web has already undergone Task A which focused on developing a mix of core component technologies worn at the ankles, hips, knees and upper body. Next is Task B which will bring it all together.

DARPA has scheduled a Warrior Web Task B Proposers’ Day for potential performers on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. The Special Notice for the Proposers’ Day is available at http://go.usa.gov/jJjT and more information is available here. The Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Warrior Web Task B is available at http://go.usa.gov/jJbR.

TALOS – What Is Happening?

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Somewhere between May, when USSOCOM dropped the “special notice” announcing the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit or TALOS, the main stream media picked up on it and started calling it an Iron Man suit. The US Army’s RDECOM even produced this slick little video that literally fuels the fire.

NPR published a short, feel good after speaking with SOCOM’s Acquisition Executive Jim Guerts. It’s worth a read if you are interested in Soldier Tech.

I still question the timing of this effort. Why wasn’t it accomplished during the height of spending? The command and industry alike could have more easily absorbed R&D efforts. Now? Money’s tight and the Recession has finally hit the defense industry. I see them accepting less risk.

Having watched this same story played unsuccessfully, over and over again like a broken record and having seen a list of the companies that SOCOM currently has brought in for this week’s briefings, I’ll say that you’ll see movie sequels 4, 5 and 6 before you run across a real DoD Iron Man suit.

I’m skeptical, to be sure.

Magpul Introduces New iPhone Case Colors

Friday, July 12th, 2013

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Magpul is now shipping 7 new iPhone case colors: Red, Light Blue, Clear, Gray, Dark Blue, Teal, and Yellow. Field cases for both the iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5 will be available in the new colors. Additionally, all existing colors will also remain in production.

www.magpul.com

You Never Know Where They’ll Show Up

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

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www.juggernautcase.com

Liberty Week – Privacy

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Yesterday I said that I wanted to take this 4th of July week to address the concept of Liberty. I got several excellent suggestions for topics but some of them were more focused on the roots of the Independence movement. Today, we face different threats to our Liberty that are an outgrowth of how we communicate.

Some have taken on the invasive and ubiquitous governmental data collections and begun to develop new means to counter those efforts. One of these innovations is a disruptive typeface called ZXX after the Library of Congress trigraph for “No linguistic content; Not applicable.”

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While I don’t agree with the sentiment (there are more appropriate ways to raise awareness of criminal acts than compromising loads of classified information) of the example in the image above, it does give a good idea of what ZXX looks like in use.

In a recent post on Walker Art Center’s Gradient Blog, Developer Sang Mun (himself a former NSA contractor) said, “I drew six different cuts (Sans, Bold, Camo, False, Noise and Xed) to generate endless permutations, each font designed to thwart machine intelligences in a different way. I offered the typeface as a free download in hopes that as many people as possible would use it.”

I’d call this a practical design project. While it can be a pain to read, it would seem to fool OCR systems. Given the scope of ZXX’s applicability, it’s worth considering whether its use is practical. But ultimately, the question is, would an early adopter flag himself through its use? Interestingly, there was a time in the not so recent past when only criminals would feel the need to conceal their communications so. Now, more and more, the average citizen is asking himself whether the Government is reading his mail.

For more info on ZXX visit z-x-x.org