Deimos wrote:I did not say I would use it for combat situations especially when asymetrical warfare revolves more and more around the capabilities of the infantry, armoured troops and navy patrols since the human part of these aspects of any of their war machine are irreplaceable. No automated system could make quick tactical decisions and act upon them like a human could. We could take the navy as an example of how low-tech is still used (think of signalling with flags and morse-code light signs).
I saw some documentary about automated vehicles in US army storage houses - they would probably like to see some of the patents this blind driving system has and I think the braille-map as described in the opening post could be (with some modifications of course) implemented as a tactical map in vehicles.
And for the people who do not bother to read long paragraphs:
The military can use anything - even some things and a few people society has no other use for.
Well as a command and control kind of vehicle, this tech could be helpful. Or if there was a biological, chemical, or nuclear attack or even a downed pilot, this could possible be used for Search and Rescue. And every branch uses low tech stuff. Hell, the Marine Corps is just starting to generally issue M-16A4's (we previously had A2's), which the Army is starting to phase out for the M4 carbine, and the Marine Corps still uses the CH-46 helicopter (the last one was built in the mid 1970's). Still, I dont see this kind of technology being used for anything other then I already listed (the tech which uses the ability to touch to maneuver). And why would we need it to be used as a tactical map? At least in the Corps, everyone knows how to navigate on land, and for those that have trouble with it, we got GPS's. And in the other branches, if they dont know how to land nav or use a GPS, they shouldn't be in a situation to need it anyways. Suggest all you want, which is a good thing mind you, leads to innovation and such, but I'm just telling you possible uses of this and how it would not ever be issued military wide, except for given situations I already listed. Maybe in the future, past my time, a practical application could be developed for this tech. But as the military works now, this tech would hinder more then help.