Our armed forces are adopting and incorporating IoT technologies in the battlefield. Today, a soldier wearing a set of ENVG-B binoculars can look through the binoculars, invoke the camera in their rifle’s sight, and point that sight around a corner to see and shoot, without exposing anything more than their hands or the rifle. What is even more compelling is the Army is developing a technology architecture for all of the gadgets that soldiers are being outfitted with. The article that follows details more about how the Department of Defense is putting technology to work for active combat.
Increasingly miniaturized sensors and displays mean every rifleman may have a network between their sight and their binoculars.
The Enhanced Night Vision Goggles – Binocular (ENVG-B) look almost analog, like a set of fancy, lightweight binoculars mounted on a helmet. (By contrast, traditional night vision goggles are monocular, which limits depth perception). But inside, they are a sophisticated set of sensors, aided by cameras and on-board memory, that incorporate with other networked gear carried into battle.
ENVG-B is still being fielded across the force, but the Army is already developing a next-gen system, a set of augmented reality targeting goggles — a militarized Microsoft HoloLens — known as IVAS. The Army’s also developing an Adaptive Squad Architecture to ensure all the different technologies going on a soldier’s body are compatible.