Google Glass could help soldiers shoot around corners without exposing themselves [VIDEO]

One of the basic tips you’ll learn as a soldier in basic training is that you never compromise your cover or leave yourself open to enemy fire. Sad, that, considering it’s pretty hard to accurately hit targets when you’re trying to dodge bullets of their own.

But Google Glass could eventually change all of that. Startup TrackingPoint is experimenting with augmented reality technology using Google Glass to help soldiers see what they’re shooting at around that concrete wall. The Google Glass app displays a video feed from the camera sensor mounted on the scope of the rifle, giving soldiers an accurate look at their target without having to expose themselves.

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We imagine it’s nothing that can’t be done on a computer monitor, but the portability and ease of Google Glass probably trumps that solution 10-fold. We’re not sure if this will ever find a solid place in military, but you can bet someone is taking notes — the armies of the world have already started figuring out ways to use all this new technology to their benefit. Find a very cool promo video of it in action sitting above.

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  • h4rr4r

    They might also want to teach them, or the writer of this article, the difference between cover and concealment.
    That thin wood is concealment, not cover. It will not be stopping any bullets.

    • http://www.phandroid.com Quentyn Kennemer

      Lol getting snagged up on semantics doesn’t help anyone. It’s just a demonstration, they’re not trying to simulate an actual battlefield or use exact terms.

      • tomn1ce

        maybe he want them to try it out in combat instead of at a shooting range -_-

  • Jason Tai

    I would be more surprised if the military doesn’t have a technology like this already.

    • Len Waugh

      They do, There about 10 years old. A popular brand is “CornerShot” but this idea has been out for awhile, just never caught on; Likely due to the costs and practicality of personal electronics in the field.

      • h4rr4r

        Cornershot is actually a pistol mounted on the end of a stock that has a swivel in it. Not even close to what this is.

        • ilh

          Not even close? There’s essentially only 2 differences. 1, with this you mount the accessory on the gun, with cornershot you mount the gun in the accessory. 2, the screen on this is Google glass, with cornershot the screen is on the stock. They perform the same function otherwise.

          • h4rr4r

            Pistol rounds are not rifle rounds.

          • ilh

            Look up the APR version.

        • Len Waugh

          Like I thought was implied, their is A LOT of different variations to this. This one is from 2010: http://www.popsci.com/diy/article/2010-05/invention-awards-soldiers-third-eye

          And, distinguishing between pistols and rifles is a bit nit-picky. After all, Something like the HK-51B 7.62mm would fit just fine in the example I gave. But the newer example is much more like what is shown with Google glass.

  • Unorthodox

    Make it cheap, and sell to paint-ballers.

  • blest

    Can’t wait for this to be on the black market and in the hands of organized crime!

  • master94

    Very cool, but what happens when every military has it. Wouldnt it make it so no one would ever come out of hiding? Less deaths is a positive, but it also means the bad guys can do the same.

  • likemystory

    The best way is to just send ED209 into dangerous situations! Or maybe this is just the first step.

  • AbbyZFresh

    I already expected the military to had developed something similar to this by now.

  • http://batman-news.com negro_tula_chica

    looks like wireless CornerShot

  • Joshua Peters

    Wow, welcome to tech discussion from 6 years ago…