According to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, the smartphone receives real-time video and images from a controller with a camera mounted on robots and drones, thus enhancing situational awareness, decision making and “mission command effectiveness.”
Lt. Brandon Slusher said the device could be used in any number of different situations. For example, an assault on a building would be more effective with a robot relaying information from a safe area.
“With a camera on top, he can look in windows, inside doors and they can help expand night view,” Slusher said. “It can change my decision making.”
Spc. Timothy McCoy said using a UAV with a control system sending images to smartphones has proven extremely effective, as it gathers information from the air for soldiers patrolling an area on the ground.
“To clear a route is a good asset to have,” McCoy said. “It’s definitely been easier to operate.”
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