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Air Force R&D group experiments with Google Glass

Apr. 11, 2014 - 12:20PM   |  
2Lt. Krystin Shanklin, one of the BATMAN team leads. Researchers are testing Google Glass for possible use in combat zones.
2Lt. Krystin Shanklin, one of the BATMAN team leads. Researchers are testing Google Glass for possible use in combat zones. (Richard Eldridge/Air Force)
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An Air Force research and development team is testing how Google Glass could be used in combat zones.

Developed by Google, the low-profile, wearable computer displays contextual information within the user's field of vision and responds to voice commands. People interested in the devices must apply through Google's Glass Explorer program, which requires that applicants are at U.S. residents, at least 18 years old and pay a $1,500 fee. The Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided Knowledge (BATMAN) researchers of 711th Human Performance Wing were selected through the standard process and received two pairs of Google Glasses, reports VentureBeat.

The BATMAN researchers are experimenting with many probable battlefield scenarios, including how Google Glass could be used by ground forces to help aircraft acquire targets or how it could work as a communications device between combat controllers and overhead aircraft.

The BATMAN team also is working on proprietary software to enhance the Android operating system that currently powers the glasses, according to VentureBeat.

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