Wearables in the Military
Howdy, my name is David Roensch and I am a Finance Major at Texas A&M University and am a part of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2017. I am also a member of the Corps of Cadets here at Texas A&M and am planning on commissioning in the United States Marine Corps when I graduate. Since working at JBKnowledge, Inc. as a Product Development Intern since May of 2015, it has opened my eyes to how quickly technology is changing today and particularly how quickly technology is changing in the military. After becoming curious, I began researching about future wearables and was blown away at what I discovered.
One kind of wearable technology is a rifle that can track targets, detect wind and weather and even calculate the most optimal flight path for the bullet. You can even hook up your weapon to an augmented reality platform like Google Glass that will allow the soldiers to aim their weapon without actually looking directly at their target. This allows them to shoot from around hills, corners, or even barricades without exposing themselves to the enemy.
There are wearables being developed that can monitor troop’s physical states and injuries and others that can allow military working dogs to communicate with their handlers. A device being developed by Georgia Tech University will allow the dog to communicate with it’s handler through certain movements such as biting, tugging, proximity or even different sounds. They have already learned that it is incredibly easy to train dogs to use this system. A bomb-sniffing dog, for instance, could be trained to activate a specific kind of sensor for a specific kind of bomb.
At JBKnowledge, Inc., one of my favorite parts of the week is when all of the interns get together to work on our JBK Labs Launch project. We work throughout the semester to take a product from the research and development stage all the way to the launch stage that will impact the construction industry. This has been such an incredible opportunity to learn and grow closer with these other young men and women who are going to go on and do incredible things in life with what they have learned from their internships here. I am incredibly excited to discover what else I will learn during my internship about the construction industry and technology as a whole!