Capt. Jonathan Springer, USA, an artillery specialist on his third deployment in Afghanistan, hopes to launch the Tactical Nav app for the iPhone in the first week of February. The tool will map, plot and photograph points on a battleground and convey latitude and longitude coordinates to supporting units. The app consists of a Global Positioning System, a compass, the smart phone's camera and a mapping system to pinpoint specific locations and relay that information to other users. Capt.
The National Security Agency (NSA) now has an app for aspiring agents. The free NSA Career Links app for iPhone will keep you up to date about agency jobs, career events, news, and video and employee testimonies. Developed by CACI-CMS Information Systems Inc., the app is meant to attract the best and brightest to join the NSA team. According to NSA officials, this year will be the agency's largest hiring effort in recent memory. Think you have what it takes to carry out some of the nation's most important and sensitive intelligence activities?
The Google Goggles app identifies real-world objects using a smart phone's camera, but that's not all. With the latest update, the program can even solve your Sudoku puzzle. The image-based search app is available on the Android platform and the Google for iPhone app. You simply snap a photo on your smart phone and instantly identify text, landmarks, books, contact information, artwork, wine and logos. With the latest update, the app provides faster barcode identification and the ability to recognize print ads. Just point your phone at an ad in a major U.S. magazine or newspaper and receive results on the products advertised.
The United Services Automobile Association (USAA), dedicated to facilitating the financial security of military families, now offers a wide range of mobile services. USAA Mobile, a free app for iPhone and Android, gives USAA members access to branchless banking. With the click of a button, users can pay bills, transfer funds, trade stocks, deposit checks, calculate loans, locate rental cars and get insurance cards. To deposit a check, you simply open Deposit Mobile within the app, enter the deposit amount, choose your account, take photos of your endorsed check and get confirmation of your deposit.
With the number of acronyms and abbreviations used within the U.S. Defense Department, military documents can quickly become alphabet soup. But apps available for the iPhone or Android can help break down the meaning behind thousands of commonly used terms. Developed by Inner Four Inc., the U.S. Military Acronyms and Abbreviations app for the iPhone and iPod Touch defines terms used by the armed forces in both joint and allied joint operations. It covers current abbreviations and acronyms used by the Defense Department.
The Brain Wave app for iPhone synchronizes brain waves with soothing ambient sounds to stimulate and induce different states of the mind, which can reduce anxiety and increase sleep, relaxation, focus, concentration and memory. Brain Wave, created by Banzai Labs, utilizes binaural tones combined with soothing ambient nature sounds to stimulate specific brain wave frequencies. It sends different audible frequencies to each ear, which researchers say can induce various states of mind, from alert and focused to deep sleep.
"Advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." That's just one rave review for the new Word Lens app for iPhone, which translates printed words from one language to another instantly without any Internet connection.
Word Lens from Quest Visual has caused quite a buzz in the developer community since its launch. The app uses the built-in video camera on the iPhone to translate text. Simply look at a sign in another language through your iPhone screen, and the text appears in its translated form. A video on Quest Visual's website shows the technology in action.
The Shop Savvy app for Android and iPhone lets you take holiday shopping into your own hands-scanning product bar codes to find the best prices online and at nearby stores. Developed by Big in Japan, Shop Savvy can find low prices, shipping promotions, coupon codes, rebates, weekend sales, customer reviews and more with the click of a button. You simply scan a bar code using your smart phone and receive a list of any associated deals. The enhanced "title search" feature allows you to type in a product if you don't have the bar code available.
Flash2Bang, an iPhone app for military personnel in the field, can estimate the range of an artillery shot or the distance of an approaching thunderstorm using the sounds associated with the event.
The app, made by Military Pro LLC, calculates distance based on an observed event and the following noises. Since the speed of sound can be affected by air temperature, Flash2Bang also includes a control to compensate for air temperature differences.
It may be the season for giving, but you'll be the one getting free apps every day with a popular site. Free App a Day offers daily freebies for iPhone, iPad and Android that usually cost $0.99 and up. Once an app gets listed on the site, you have just 24 hours to snag the deal. You can check the website for the latest finds or receive e-mail notifications based on categories of interest you select. For an even faster look at the free programs, follow the site's Twitter feed. If you're a developer and want your app featured on the site, it must go through a review process.
An app created by the wife of a U.S. Marine provides handy tools to help military spouses cope with deployment stress. Compatible with the iPhone or iPod Touch, the Military Wife Deployment Survival Guide app by iCrysta features seven different sections with unique tools. Users can set a countdown clock that automatically tracks how long until their spouse returns. They also can post and share pictures of their spouse on a virtual corkboard. The app provides world clocks, which the user can set to track what time it is where their spouse is deployed. It can even show several time zones for people who are traveling.
Military personnel serving overseas can record a bedtime story and send it to their children for free thanks to an iPhone app called A Story Before Bed. The program offers 100,000 free recordings to help troops connect with loved ones back home. Any member of the U.S. armed forces who is deploying or already deployed can sign up on the A Story Before Bed website to receive a free storybook recording. Soldiers record a story using a webcam on a Mac or PC and send it to their children using the company's iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad app or a Web browser.
A new iPhone app attracting close to 80,000 new users each day taps into a huge collection of live police, firefighter, aircraft, railroad, marine, emergency and ham radios. Developed by Smartest Apple, the 5-0 Radio app allows users to find feeds in their area and listen while they run other apps or browse the Web. The app has an integrated map that finds the user's location and the feeds associated with that area. It organizes feeds by county, city, country and popularity, among others. The delay between the real radio feed and the app is between 1-3 seconds.
No more guessing games when it comes to military pay. The MilPay app for the iPhone and iPad breaks down basic pay, housing allowances and special pay using official data from the Defense Department. Plus, MilPay will display how much the user gets paid hourly depending on the amount of hours per week they worked. Developed by MilitaryLounge.com, the app uses information from the 2010 Military Pay and Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) charts and tables. In addition to calculating how much the user makes, it estimates pay for other military positions and shows how income changes with annual raises and rank.
New technology using augmented reality blends digital data with the real world-blurring the line between computer-generated images and what we actually see. And the latest example of this concept is the Plane Finder AR app, which can instantly find the flight number, speed, altitude and more of an aircraft overhead. Pinkfroot Limited created Plane Finder AR for the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, and the app utilizes the augmented reality capabilities of the smart phone to track flights overhead.
Outdoor enthusiasts now have access to the Defense Department's 500-page publication titled "Survival, Evasion and Recovery" with the click of a button. The iPhone app Survival Pocket Reference teaches users the survival skills implemented in the wild by the U.S. armed forces. Field manuals used by the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force are arguably the most authoritative guides on survival. The Survival Pocket Reference app combines real tips used by the military for basic survival, first aid and recovery.
American Veterans (AMVETS) announced a new mobile app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and Blackberry that allows veterans to locate AMVETS posts, find their local service officer, connect with headquarters and research veterans' issues. The veterans' organization and FraternalSoft Incorporated teamed up to create AMVETS Mobile, which AMVETS National Commander Duane J. Miskulin calls the "latest weapon in our communications arsenal." The demographic of veterans is changing, and the need for instant information is key, explains Jim King, AMVETS executive director. The app provides veterans with the ability to locate the nearest AMVETS posts or thrift stores using geo-location services.
A team at the Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) National Center for Telehealth and Technology developed an iPhone app called iBreathe, which will be available for free in the iTunes app store after January 2011. It aims to help military personnel, veterans and their family members deal with stressful situations by practicing deep "belly" breathing. DCoE researchers say high-stress situations often result in a "fight or flight" mentality, and the lingering stress can take a physical and mental toll.
Navy SEAL Fitness
A new iPhone app has been designed to help troops stay up to speed on the Patriot anti-missile system, but users won't find this program in the iTunes App Store-it's by invitation only. Made strictly for the military and containing detailed information on the major defense system, the Raytheon Company-developed Patriot Crew Drill app is a multiple-choice game aimed at helping troops on the front lines of Iraq and Afghanistan who, in peacetime, would be dedicated to operating the Patriot anti-missile system. Many soldiers go for months or even a year without operating the system, and the game serves as a refresher and a way to stay sharp.