Plans For The Pentagon’s New Partnerships
The Pentagon’s ultimate goal with regard to their new partnerships is to develop wearable technology for military use through the creation of a new military institute in San Jose that will be known as the “Flexible Hybrid Electronic Institute.” The institute has the goal of developing manufacturing techniques and new applications for flexible electronics. In a statement about the new partnerships and the Flexible Hybrid Electronic Institute, US Defense Secretary, Ash Carter had the following to say…
“I’ve been pushing the Pentagon to think outside our five-sided box and invest in innovation here in the Silicon Valley and in tech communities across the country… Now we’re taking another step forward.”
What Are Flexible Electronics & Why Does The Pentagon Want Them?
Flexible electronics is a form of wearable technology that several companies have been working on for years now. Ultimately, these electronics are sensors and chips that can be embedded or printed into materials that have the ability to flex along with the materials; unlike today’s computer chips which will break, not bend. The US military plans on using flexible electronics for several new ideas; including but not limited to…
Smart Bandages – The military hopes that the new partnerships will lead to tech like smart bandages. Essentially, these bandages would be able to inform physicians of infections occurring under the bandages without the bandages having to be removed.
Vehicle & Building Sensor Networks – They have also said that they plan on creating a sensor network that will be placed on the outside of military vehicles and buildings that would provide command with real time feedback.
What This Means For The Companies Involved
This is absolutely huge news for not only the Pentagon, but for Apple, Boeing, Hewlett-Packard, and all other companies and universities involved. The Universities involved will be on the cutting edge of the latest and greatest technologies; right along with some of the largest tech companies in the world. On a business side, the partnerships with the Pentagon will further the ability of the companies involved by creating a coalition of the best minds in the United States and around the world; speeding up the research and discovery process and leading to new products that I simply can’t wait to see! Ultimately, these new products are likely to become major catalysts for the companies involved in the process and their stock prices!
What Do You Think?
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