MrSeb writes: "DARPA has a problem on its hands: Satellites, unmanned drones (UAVs), and myriad other worldwide sensors are now so ubiquitous and omnipotent that the Department of Defense (DOD) doesn’t actually know how to make the best use of them. In other words, the hardware is there, but the software isn’t. To tackle this particularly tricky issue, DARPA is looking for smartphone app developers to help build “sophisticated, adaptive applications.” Yes, DARPA wants to give smartphone developers access to the DOD’s fleet of Hellfire missile-equipped UAVs. Instead of using a single, remote pilot to fly just one UAV, DARPA imagines “an app [...] that allows a swarm of small deployed UAVs to be controlled as a single unit (a hive [mind] so to speak).” DARPA also wants app developers to help out with easy-to-use app interfaces, novel uses of smartphone-like sensors (accelerometers, cameras, gyros) — and ultimately, it wants to make a War Market where a soldier can simply log in with his DOD-issued smartphone or tablet and download Angry UAVs, Nuke Ninja, and other battlefield apps."
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