Risk
9/27/2012
04:36 PM
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

14 Amazing DARPA Technologies On Tap

Go inside the labs of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for a look at some of the most intriguing technologies they're developing in computing, electronics, communications, and more.
Previous
1 of 14
Next


The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced its latest technological advance, a combination of "mind and machine" to help soldiers on the battlefield respond more quickly to deadly threats. It's the latest in a series of technical breakthroughs from the Penatgon's research arm, some of which can be applied in areas other than national defense.

A few months ago, DARPA revealed it had successfully tested a camera (pictured above) with 1.4 gigapixel resolution. To achieve that resolution--the equivalent of 1,400 megapixels--the camera builds a panoramic image from more than 100 micro cameras.

DARPA's newest development, called the Cognitive Technology Threat Warning System (CT2WS), includes a 120-megapixel camera, radar, computers with cognitive visual-processing algorithms, and brainwave scanners worn by soldiers. It aims to help scouts assess battlefield input using a portable visual threat-detection device.

DARPA is trying to solve a common problem with CT2WS, said program manager Gill Pratt, in a statement on the initiative's progress: "How can you reliably detect potential threats and targets of interest without making it a resource drain?"

CT2WS is based on the concept that humans have a natural ability to "detect the unusual," according to DARPA. The soldier wears an electroencephalogram (EEG) cap that monitors brain signals and records when a threat is detected. Users are shown images, about 10 per second, and their brain signals indicate which images are significant.

Launched in 2008, the program is being transitioned to the Army's Night Vision Lab. Field tests and demonstrations resulted in a low rate of false alarms--five out of 2,304 "target events" per hour--and the technology identified 91% of threats. Common alternatives such as binoculars and cameras have a much higher error rate.

DARPA draws a lot of attention for far-out research projects like the world's fastest robot and a plan to capture and recycle space junk, but electronics, communications, and IT are core to its mission. That's been true since the agency created ARPANET, the predecessor to the Internet, in 1969.

The research agency has dozens of projects underway in various research offices. Its Information Innovation Office focuses on IT research and development, its Microsystems Technology Office on electronics and photonics, and its Strategic Technology Office on communications, networks, and electronic warfare.

Dig into our InformationWeek Government visual guide to 14 of DARPA's most innovative technology projects. Image credit: DARPA

Previous
1 of 14
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Leo Regulus
50%
50%
Leo Regulus,
User Rank: Apprentice
9/28/2012 | 7:06:15 PM
re: 14 Amazing DARPA Technologies On Tap
As previously noted, CANNOT 'READ' SLIDE SHOWS.
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Flash Poll
Current Issue
Cartoon
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2014-0103
Published: 2014-07-29
WebAccess in Zarafa before 7.1.10 and WebApp before 1.6 stores credentials in cleartext, which allows local Apache users to obtain sensitive information by reading the PHP session files.

CVE-2014-0475
Published: 2014-07-29
Multiple directory traversal vulnerabilities in GNU C Library (aka glibc or libc6) before 2.20 allow context-dependent attackers to bypass ForceCommand restrictions and possibly have other unspecified impact via a .. (dot dot) in a (1) LC_*, (2) LANG, or other locale environment variable.

CVE-2014-0889
Published: 2014-07-29
Multiple cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities in IBM Atlas Suite (aka Atlas Policy Suite), as used in Atlas eDiscovery Process Management through 6.0.3, Disposal and Governance Management for IT through 6.0.3, and Global Retention Policy and Schedule Management through 6.0.3, allow remote atta...

CVE-2014-2226
Published: 2014-07-29
Ubiquiti UniFi Controller before 3.2.1 logs the administrative password hash in syslog messages, which allows man-in-the-middle attackers to obtains sensitive information via unspecified vectors.

CVE-2014-3020
Published: 2014-07-29
install.sh in the Embedded WebSphere Application Server (eWAS) 7.0 before FP33 in IBM Tivoli Integrated Portal (TIP) 2.1 and 2.2 sets world-writable permissions for the installRoot directory tree, which allows local users to gain privileges via a Trojan horse program.

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio