Army Captain builds iPhone app for soldiers in Afghanistan.

Searching for Bin Laden? Now there's an app for that.…

Searching for Bin Laden? Now there’s an app for that.

As Army Capt. Johnathan Springer geared up for a deployment to Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne, he scoured the Internet for a smartphone app that would help him in the field. There wasn’t one, so Springer decided to build an app himself.

Tactical Nav is an iPhone app that helps soldiers in mapping, plotting, and photographing waypoints on the field of battle. Expected to be available in the App Store some time next month, it works like a wartime location-based service, conveying coordinates to supporting units.

“I’ve been an iPhone user for quite a while and I’m obviously a Mac guy,” Springer told CBS News. “I’m a heavy pusher of the iPhone because of what it can do and I see the benefits, not only at home, but here in combat.”

It’s a little more technical than the directions found in the average iPhone app. Tactical Nav uses the phone’s camera and GPS to do things like call in air support, direct artillery file, and relay information to others using the app. Using a gridded map, it also recognizes specific latitude and longitude coordinates.

Source: Leslie Horn for PCmag.com.

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