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Old 01-23-2009, 01:34 AM   #1
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Default Amazing Toys that Actually Wind Up in Warfare

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What’s on the Agenda for New Military and Toy Gadgets?

It’s astonishing how fast technologies are being developed and becoming outdated, and you can bet the military is no stranger to the practical application of Moore's Law -- a popular axiom that predicts the doubling of the number of transistors per integrated circuit every 18 months, coined by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore in 1965.

The U.S. Army is underway with its $160-billion Future Combat Systems (FCS) initiative -- estimated to be the most expensive military project in U.S. history. The focus is largely on overhauling computer and software technology to produce greatly enhanced warfare apparatus, including utility robots that can be used for reconnaissance, delivery of supplies and equipment and security.

One such product is the unattended ground sensor, which looks like one of the many droids you've seen in Star Wars. It may be left behind to guard a perimeter, spot a target or detect chemical or radioactive materials.

The Army hopes to have large numbers of robots and miniature aerial drones -- designed for use in crowded urban areas -- out to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan by late 2010. The U.S. Army also recently awarded a five-year, $4-million contract to a coalition of scientists from the University of California at Irvine, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Maryland to develop “thought helmets.”

The helmets would ultimately be used to capture soldiers’ brainwaves and then translate them into radio waves that could be heard by other troops. The idea is to have a silent form of communication that could be used among soldiers on the battlefield.

Only your imagination can dream up what types of children’s toys or adult high-tech gadgets could one day be created out of these new technologies, but I suspect they will be worth keeping an eye out for.

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