THE AMERICAN MILITARY is working to add a lot of tools to its arsenal. Drones. Lasers. Laser-shooting drones. Drone-killing lasers. But the researchers devising the future of warfare are doing some subtraction too. One thing you won’t see on the battlefield of tomorrow? Windows.
Todays, windows are as important as they are inconvenient. You need them to see where you’re going, but they’re vulnerable to attack, not to mention vision-obscuring grime. That’s why the defense contractors competing in Darpa’s program to develop a new generation of ground vehicles have so far stuck to a common theme: sayonara, windows.
In January, Raytheon previewed its entry to Darpa’s Ground X-Vehicle Technologies program, which aims to keep American soldiers safe by ditching windows in favor of laser-mapped virtual renditions of the world.
Now Honeywell has unveiled a system that taps augmented reality.