The FlexTech Alliance, funded by the Pentagon, launches a consortium and a new industry — flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) and wearables for warriors


military wearables_darpa circa 2015

Apple teams up with the Pentagon to make military wearables

The Pentagon announces the FlexTech Alliance, a group of 162 companies and universities including Apple, Boeing, and Harvard University. The so-called FlexTech will work to produce “stretchable electronics” to be worn by soldiers or molded to fit on the outsides of jets and military vehicles… flexible sensing technology could be used to monitor soldiers’ status as well as the structural integrity of ships and planes in real time.

Via CS Monitor

Aug 28, 2015 / Tag: Military

Pentagon teams up with Apple, Boeing to develop wearable tech


Via Reuters

The consortium will be managed by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory.

Defense officials say the rapid development of new technologies around the globe is forcing the Pentagon to seek partnerships with the private sector rather than developing most of its technology itself, as it once did.

“I’ve been pushing the Pentagon to think outside our five-sided box and invest in innovation here in Silicon Valley and in tech communities across the country,” (US Secretary of Defense Ash) Carter said.

The Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Hub will be based in San Jose and is the seventh of nine such institutes planned by the Obama administration in an effort to revitalize the U.S. manufacturing base…

Carter also met on Friday with the Defense Science Board for a briefing on its latest study on how autonomous military drones and robots should be in the future.


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