Android Goes to War

raytheon_logoFile this one under “unexpected uses.”

Defense contractor Raytheon has developed an app called RATS for use by the U.S. military. RATS is an acronym for Raytheon Android Tactical System.

The app sounds a lot like Latitude– it’ll let military personnel keep track of a list of “buddies” on the battlefield via a map view–but beefed up for military use:

A soldier could make an unmanned plane a “buddy,” for instance, and track its progress on a map using his phone. He could then access streaming video from the plane, giving him a bird’s eye view of the area.

If rolled out, of course, use of the app would require each soldier to be carrying around an Android device of some kind. That in itself has some pretty interesting implications. Can’t wait to see what a military-grade Android phone looks like.

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