Osama bin Laden is dead and gone. Bin Laden was shot in the head by an elite crew of the American forces during a raid on Monday in Pakistan. Ever wondered what role technology has played in the killing? We hear an iPhone application may have been used to locate the most wanted terrorist.
The iPhone application “Tactical NAV” could have helped soldiers in mapping, plotting and photographing vantage points on the battlefield. The application uses a Military Grid Reference and works like a war-time location-based service, by conveying coordinates to supporting units. Folks at Appdebate have quoted US Army Capt. Jonathan Springer as saying:
“ I have no way to confirm or deny if Tactical NAV was used during this mission – but, I am extremely happy and proud to say that the hard work of our Armed Forces has finally paid off.”
If your senses are urging you to check the application up, it’s currently available in the iTunes’s App Store for $5.99. It would run on either an iPhone or an iPod. The only demands are that you require an OS 4.2 or later and 5.1 MB memory space. Go online and download the application right away and check out the precision with which the application works. It’s not child’s play anymore!
This is a wake-up call to all those people who have been underestimating the power of technology. Earlier we had discussed how Twitter broke the whole manhunt story in real time. Now, we are left to mesmerize about what a tiny application is capable of doing. What are your views on this? Please don’t hesitate to jot them down in the comments space provided below.
As Army Capt. Johnathan Springer geared up for a deployment to Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne, he scoured the Internet for a smartphone app that would help him in the field. There wasn’t one, so Springer decided to build an app himself.
Tactical Nav is an iPhone app that helps soldiers in mapping, plotting, and photographing waypoints on the field of battle. Expected to be available in the App Store some time next month, it works like a wartime location-based service, conveying coordinates to supporting units.
“I’ve been an iPhone user for quite a while and I’m obviously a Mac guy,” Springer told CBS News. “I’m a heavy pusher of the iPhone because of what it can do and I see the benefits, not only at home, but here in combat.”
It’s a little more technical than the directions found in the average iPhone app. Tactical Nav uses the phone’s camera and GPS to do things like call in air support, direct artillery file, and relay information to others using the app. Using a gridded map, it also recognizes specific latitude and longitude coordinates.
“My wish is to provide a soldier with a very inexpensive, accurate tool to help them in combat, or back in the States if they’re hunters or outdoor enthusiasts,” Springer said. He noted that the app is simple enough for a civilian to use while grocery shopping. “I’ve got to think what do my soldiers need to go into battle? What do my soldiers need that could save their lives? So that’s what I’m thinking about right now.”
The 31-year-old from Ft. Wayne, Indiana said the idea for Tactical Nav came to him in a dream last July. Springer used $26,000 of his own money to work with developers and a design company to realize that dream. Clearly created from a soldier’s point of view, Tactical Nav is detail-oriented, CBS said. It was tested using various armored vehicles and artillery in harsh conditions and from remote outposts.
Springer, a battalion fire support officer, is on his third deployment. He said he hopes to have the app available for download for the iPhone and iPod touch by the first week of February and he’s considering an iPad version.