The military is an innovator when it comes to developing new technology. In fact, the U.S. armed forces are creating some tech that just might improve your life.
Some of the items they are focusing on might amaze you.
The laser gun
Science fiction fans have long wondered when we’d get those cool laser guns from Star Wars and Star Trek. Well, the military now has an operational laser gun, a machine called Excalibur. The Department of Defense has long worried about the harm that conventional weapons can cause in urban warfare. That’s where laser guns come in. The Department of Defense’s DARPA unit is presently developing laser weapons that are 10 times lighter than current combat lasers. The goal is to one day create 10-kilowatt devices which can be used in precision strikes against ground and air targets.
The doctor is in – your body
DARPA is developing nanoparticles that fight disease and illness in the human body. This could transform the medical industry and the program is moving quickly. They are already testing this nanotechnology on larger animals.
Thermal imaging on the cheap
The U.S. military has long used thermal imaging technology but this technology is far from cheap. That’s why DARPA is now working on its Low Cost Thermal Imager manufacturing program. This program, as its name signifies, is attempting to drastically lower the cost of thermal imaging technology. DARPA would like to one day see thermal imaging machinery in cell phones, eyeglasses, drones, helmets, and rifle sights.