“Smartphones and tablets are rapidly making their way into military operations, trimming costs and giving warfighters tightly focused capabilities. But these benefits raise a host of challenges, ranging from security and the need for ruggedization, to requirements for peripherals that link to devices designed for consumers, not soldiers.
The adoption of tablets and smartphones comes in conjunction with the military’s expanding interest in apps for these devices. App libraries are popping up and expanding throughout the armed services.
The Army’s medics may soon deploy a smartphone app that’s been dubbed a “brain thermometer,” Lt. Col. Chessley Atchison, the program manager for the Technology Enabled Capability Demonstration, said early this year. The Defense Automated Neurobehavioral Assessment can help isolate depression, post-traumatic stress, and other neurocognitive issues, including concussion. The app from AnthroTronix will not replace the mandated pencil-and-paper Military Acute Concussion Evaluation in the field, but it can supplement that information, Atchison said.”
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