Project Cost: $0.473M
Project Duration: 12 months
Description: As computing components become smaller and less expensive, the commercial market has been moving more toward mobile computing platforms such as tablet computers and smart phones. In the same vein, government end users have been trying to keep up with the pace of commercial technology and the ubiquity of small, wireless, personal computing devices. As the government pushes toward more mobile computing platforms, a gap exists between larger and more rugged laptops and small yet powerful computing devices that can be easily carried, manipulated, run complex command and control software solutions, and are rugged enough for tactical use. The Ultra Mobile Tactical Computer (UMTC) provides a hybrid approach to this problem by affording end users with a full and familiar computing environment capable of running the latest desktop operating systems and software suites, small enough to be worn by the soldier in a convenient manner, and inexpensive enough that the devices are easily replaced if broken. The UMTC has several standard interface ports that create a flexible computing platform for various mission requirements.
Operational Impact: The state of commercial and government technology is currently in a transition. As computing components become smaller and less expensive, the commercial market has been moving more toward mobile computing platforms such as tablet computers and smart phones. The UMTC bridges this gap by providing the user with a powerful and rugged tactical computer that is small in footprint.
Deliverable: 10 prototype UMTC systems
Performer: Vuzix Corporation
End Users: United States Army Special Operations Command, WARCOM, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Air Force Special Operations Command, and Federal Bureau of Investigation Hostage Rescue Team
Transition: Commercialized product