Wearable Tech World Feature Article
March 17, 2014

BAE Systems and Its Version of Google Glass for Military Application

It seems like every product or service Google introduces is soon applied by other organizations to improve the way they do business. Whether it is Google Fiber, which has hastened the deployment of superfast broadband or self-driving cars, which by the way has become a realistic goal for many automobile manufactures, the company inspires others to do better. Not to be outdone, BAE Systems, global provider of defense technology and science, has developed the Q-Warrior high-tech headset system to live-stream data to soldiers; you can say it is a souped-up version of Google Glass.

As more information and communications technology (ICT) is implemented in theaters of war, soldiers need real-time access to this information to gain tactical advantage and protect all their assets. The Q-Warrior platform is designed to give soldiers the ability to track the location of friendlies and enemies, watch live video from different feeds including drones and display 3D maps of the battlefields as well as zones outside their field of vision in real-time.

When it is finally available, the tactical advantage it provides cannot be understated. The technology is waiting to be tested in small deployments before it can be rolled out throughout the military.

The Q-Warrior gives the solider day/night combat situational awareness through a lightweight, easily integrated, low cost helmet-mounted see-through display.

It provides:

  • Head-up, eyes-out, finger on trigger
  • High visibility of battlefield situation
  • Red forces shared in 3D space
  • Blue force tracking
  • Seamless day/night transition
  • Low fatigue to wearer
  • Real world view overlaid symbology
  • Lower power demand and battery operation

The military and the BAE Systems are going to have to deal with some issues regarding wireless security for the feeds. The feeds from the drones or any other source must be secured as well as determining if it can be hacked or blocked by the enemy. Additionally the amount of data being fed to the soldier must be evaluated; information overload in a stressful environment could make things worse instead of better.

The company has not released any available dates.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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