Apple to Help Pentagon Develop High-Tech Sensors

Apple to Help Pentagon Develop High-Tech Sensors

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Apple has joined an alliance of companies that will help the Pentagon develop high-tech sensor gear flexible enough to be worn by people or molded onto the outside of a jet, reports Reuters. The Pentagon is seeking help from the private sector due to the rapid rate of technology development.

The new technology aims to use high-end printing technologies to create stretchable electronics that could be embedded with sensors and worn by soldiers, a defense official said, and could ultimately be used on ships or warplanes for real-time monitoring of their structural integrity.

"I've been pushing the Pentagon to think outside our five-sided box and invest in innovation here in Silicon Valley and in tech communities across the country," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said. "Now we’re taking another step forward."

Apple joins a team of 162 companies, universities, and other groups that includes Boeing, Harvard, Advantest Akron Polymer Systems, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, and others.

The U.S. government is contributing $75 million over five years to the effort and companies managed by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory will add $90 million. Local government funding brings the total to $171 million.

The Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Hub will be based in San Jose.

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Apple to Help Pentagon Develop High-Tech Sensors

Mr. Sceptic - August 28, 2015 at 7:11pm
If you think about it, $171m is a heck of a piddly investment for the Pentagon, especially when dealing with such big firms and on such next-gen technology. Probably because those companies don't have the vast hordes of lobbyists in the pentagon.