iPod Touch being adopted for networked warfare

The United States military is taking Apple's iPod touch onto the battlefield. A report shows that the iPod Touch is perfect for "networked warfare" and that it will allow soldiers to be linked together and view shared data across the battlefield.

An example of how it might be used is that images being sent back by an UAV could be shared to all soldiers across the battlefield giving them the best available options on how to engage the enemy from their perspective locations.

Other tools such as translation software are being adopted to help soldiers communicate with local citizens without the aid of a human translator. The versatility of the platform has truly shown Apple's iPod Touch is much more than a media device and that it continues to find new uses all the time.

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Windows mobile devices are perfect for the military applications because of their ability to multi-task and the multi-threaded operating system that developers can take full advantage of. It will be interesting to watch this story and see how things go for the iPod tests. I think they will be purchasing some windows mobile devices...

also they will need there own OS on there cus you know the americans would run into a fight with top gun sound track blaring out there ipods gunning everything down then saying oh my god great balls of fire lmao

It's not implying every soldier would get an iPod just most likely to the group leaders dunno what there called. You don't want every soldier looking at an iPod instead of the enemy. I do think it's a really good idea, doesn't be an iPod but the idea behind it. The gss sounds good but a system like that won't be quickly implimented and expected to work flawlessly so till the 2032 sorted date this is a good idea for now

Since when is an iPhone or iPod Touch a candidate for something that would most definitely need to be NSA approved? Good luck with that.

metro said,
Since when is an iPhone or iPod Touch a candidate for something that would most definitely need to be NSA approved? Good luck with that.


Hence why they would run their own OS on it, I think they are more interested in the hardware then the software

Wow, I see more than three broken iPhones and iPoods a day and they want to hand these to our soldiers? SURE... Should I take a picture of what our Security Forces did to a brand new Impala that was given to them (playing dukes of hazard off the hills here apparently).

JamesWeb said,
Wow, there's your tax dollars at work.

Actually, compared to the custom military specs that yielded $800 hammers and the $1500 toilet seats of the past, using an existing commodity item is a refreshing change of direction toward a more common-sense approach.

markjensen said,
Actually, compared to the custom military specs that yielded $800 hammers and the $1500 toilet seats of the past, using an existing commodity item is a refreshing change of direction toward a more common-sense approach. ;)
You win for referencing Independence Day.

Actually stuff does cost that much. I was in the army, and heres a list of costs for certain items.

6ft DB-25 Printer Cable: 350$
733Mhz computer with 20GB HD and 10" touch screen: 52,000$
grounded power plug : 150$
20GB Hard drive replacement: 800$

So yes, a hammer very well could cost 800$

BTW, I'm not saying iPhone/iPod are the best, but it is a good choice. A good Android-powered device or a good Windows Mobile powered-device would have done a good job too.

vanacid said,
BTW, I'm not saying iPhone/iPod are the best, but it is a good choice. A good Android-powered device or a good Windows Mobile powered-device would have done a good job too.

Somehow I doubt that a WinMo device would work well for their needs; I see angry businessmen restarting their WinMo phones almost every day on the bus.

Why? The Apple iPhone SDK contains everything they need for their apps. iPhone SDK 3.0 will ease the development process even more and bring a lot more possibilities for the dev.

Care to explain your point ?

vanacid said,
Why? The Apple iPhone SDK contains everything they need for their apps. iPhone SDK 3.0 will ease the development process even more and bring a lot more possibilities for the dev.

Care to explain your point ?

Ill explain it: Security issues.

vanacid said,
Why? The Apple iPhone SDK contains everything they need for their apps. iPhone SDK 3.0 will ease the development process even more and bring a lot more possibilities for the dev.

Care to explain your point ?


Apple's SDK's do NOT provide everything a military needs to develop apps... the SDK is severly limited in terms of what an armed forces contractor is used to having access to in a system.. thats one of the reasons they love windows and linux, they have full access to hardware, and write custom security and communcations systems for them

yay for marketing

i think that the army would prefer a more robust piece of hardware designed for their needs then a commercial product designed for the general population

I believe the army has so much technology that it's going to invent gloves who work with iPod touches It shouldn't be that hard in fact, you just need very small pulses of electricity or something like that...

I own one iPod touch and I firmly beleive this is a good idea.
They would work in the sand, nothing can get inside these devices and very hot temperature doesn't seem to affect them.

They also have one h*** of a good screen, it absolutely never scratches (the back of my device is really full of scratches everywhere, but the screen it always clean, I even tried to scratch it with my keys and it never did, I really don't know what the screen is made from, but it is absolutely unbeleivable)

XerXis said,
like they would work very long in the hot dessert while being roughly handled in the sand

Hmm, it's DESERT............it's not going to work in someones dessert, you're right.

XerXis said,
like they would work very long in the hot dessert while being roughly handled in the sand

My iPhone spent 5 months in the desert working just fine.

My concern is actually using the device without any gloves on. Needing skin on screen might be an issue but other than that power to them, definitely help them out.

Xero said,
My concern is actually using the device without any gloves on. Needing skin on screen might be an issue but other than that power to them, definitely help them out.

Well actually, some companies have already started making iPhone-compatible gloves, which work even when they're on, thanks to nipple-like points on the fingers.

BoDEAN said,
Hmm, it's DESERT............it's not going to work in someones dessert, you're right.

Actually bro it wouldnt be too bad served with tomato sauce and a side of fries

XerXis said,
like they would work very long in the hot dessert while being roughly handled in the sand

With the permission of Apple, the U.S. military can modify it to make it more war-friendly and sturdy. I think it's a great idea. Makes me proud to be an American AND a iPod Touch owner.