ADAPT concept (via DARPA)
I bring word of a job opportunity for the hungry engineer, become a military app developer. DARPA is seeking to bring the energy and speed of cell-phone app developers to their Adaptable Sensor System (ADAPT) Program. The project is to stream data from UAVs and ground robots, and provide control, to a soldier carrying a tablet or phone. The goal is to avoid the current long development times for sensor applications, up to 10 years.
DARPA program manager Mark Rich explained, "DARPA is looking to tap the smartphone application development community with experience in application creation... The rapid advancement and sophisticated capabilities in today's smartphone technology provide opportunities to revolutionize the way sensor systems are developed and used. The integrated processing, storage, communications, navigation and orientation functions built into smartphone hardware and software can be leveraged to create far more powerful distributed sensor devices than we use today... We’re actively looking for commercial app developers to address specific sensor challenges including collecting, organizing, storing and sharing video information; sharing information over communications interfaces; developing and implementing rich user interfaces to display and understand what happens in a sensor array; novel uses of smartphone capabilities to rapidly develop and deploy sensor networks."
If you feel this is your calling, see the ADAPTable Sensor System website.