Get this, a new computerized combat glove that allows soldiers to operate wearable computers while still holding their weapons. The device is not without its faults but seems better than having to whip out a keyboard and mouse when you are under fire.
For soldiers carrying a plethora of equipment, finding and using electronic controls on their bodies can be awkward, says Forrest Liau, the president and cofounder of RallyPoint. "We wanted to make a device that would have all the necessary components in a combat-ready way," he says. The Natick Soldier Systems Center in Natick, MA, has a contract with RallyPoint and is currently testing a prototype of the glove, called a Handwear Computer Input Device (HCID), for use with its electronic systems.