Military iPad app looks like a real-life StarCraft match

If you're an expert at StarCraft and other RTS games, you may have the beginnings of what it takes to command real troops, all Ender's Game style. A new iPad app designed to work for real-life military operations looks a lot like a video game, but uses GPS data and other systems to track troops on the ground of a live battlefield.

It's called SoldierEyes and has been developed by a company called Textron Systems. The app can track both friendly and enemy troops on the ground, send data to military bases through secure cloud servers, and let other troops know what's in the area.

The SoldierEyes app is just one of many that have been submitted through the iTunes App Store and Android Market after the US government called for independent, non-contract developers to see what kind of military app concepts they could come up with.

Still no word on an app which will allow military commanders to instantly build massive defense towers and upgrade their troops' weapons.

[Source: Wired]

Oct 27, 2010

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  • ThatGamerDude - October 29, 2010 1:59 a.m.

    I'm scared about the future of this app. If this thing get in the wrong hands... yeah you know what'll happen.
  • D0CCON - October 28, 2010 10:23 p.m.

    @NeelEvil That sounds less complicated. I never thought that terrorists would get easy access to purchase an Ipad though.
  • NeelEvil - October 28, 2010 9:29 a.m.

    @ D0CCON Surely they could just get an iPad, go to the app store and buy this app.
  • StrayGator - October 28, 2010 3:50 a.m.

    Tactical PDAs were in use for about a decade now. They are rugged, able to interface with military equipment and have batteries the size (and weight) of bricks. But this runs on apple, so PR is easy.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - October 28, 2010 2:37 a.m.

    It's official. Alakasam is a troll. -_-
  • Alakasam342 - October 28, 2010 1:10 a.m.

  • ventanger - October 28, 2010 12:44 a.m.

    Durrr yea I'm sure there'd be absolutely no security on it so a terrorist could use it herpdyderp. Anyways, very cool, I'm sure Al Quida's seen the "America has entered the Future Era" prompt.. on their... amigas.. that run Civ 5... somehow.
  • D0CCON - October 27, 2010 11:46 p.m.

    Would it be possible for a soldier to have this in their back pocket, get killed, and then have the terrorist take it and find out where everybody else is? Odds are more than likely this will be used by people who aren't on the battlefield, but if that somehow isn't the case, that wouldn't be safe.
  • NightCrawler_358 - October 27, 2010 11:43 p.m.

    NOW I know who called in the fleet! It was the Military. IT'S A TRAP! ABANDON SHIP!
  • Alakasam342 - October 27, 2010 11:41 p.m.


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