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Google Glass might appear on the battlefield as Air Force begins tests

April 9th, 2014 at 4:48 PM
Google Glass Air Force

Google Glass has received more than its fair share of flak since the unveiling, but relentless teasing hasn’t dissuaded the United States Air Force from testing Google Glass for military use. VentureBeat reports that the Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided (K)nowledge (BATMAN) research team is optimistic about the potential of Glass, most notably because of “its low power, its low footprint, it sits totally above the eyes, and doesn’t block images or hinder vision.”

“The goal is to build software for research purposes for future endeavors,” said 2nd Lt. Anthony Eastin, a behavioral scientist on the team.

With Glass, soldiers would be able to access important information faster than ever before, eliminating the dependence on laptops and other less portable electronics. Although Glass is “not a silver bullet,” as developer Andres Calvo puts it, the technology could be used to help aircraft pilots locate their targets, to assist in search and rescue missions and to make patrolling the streets even safer.

Google is not working directly with the Air Force, “nor does it have any plans to,” but the BATMAN research group is determined to find out whether or not wearable tech could provide an advantage on the field of battle.

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.

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