Air Force wants wearable computers

Hoping to succeed where the Army failed, the Air Force is seeking input from businesses on developing a way to outfit warfighters with wearable computers, Wired reports.

In a request for information posted on, the Air Force has spelled out its required specifications. It is seeking a ruggedized system with a sunlight-readable touchscreen, an integrated Global Positioning System receiver and a tactile keyboard. The system should have at least 64G of memory and be able to run Windows 7 or later operating systems, according to the RFI.

The Army abandoned its two-decade-long quest for a similar system last fall when it dropped plans for a wearable computer in favor of a smart phone-like gadget called the End User Device, according to Wired.

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Wed, Feb 1, 2012

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Thu, Jan 12, 2012

I have a feeling the Air Force's idea of a ruggedized system for their type of warfighters is much different than the Army's. In addition, the idea that the Army failed might be wrong, too. It might be wise to consider they found a more cost effective solution for their requirements given the current technology.

Wed, Jan 11, 2012

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