USAF 'BATMAN' Wrist Display

This vision of future tech just appeared on my screen in an advertisement for the US Air Force. Among other things, it presents a view of a US airman that owes more to HALO or other video games than most recruitment posters.

It appears to show views of the 'BATMAN' (Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided Knowledge) experimental equipment.


(USAF 'BATMAN' wrist display)

Some analysts seem to believe that the old process of tasking a large defense contractor with a decade-long process of creating military equipment should be traded in for a new off-the-shelf technology process. Or, perhaps just watch science fiction and video games, see how they're doing it, and then implement that.

With regard to the above display, fans of the Fallout game series might be reminded of the RobCo Pip-Boy 3000.


(Pip-Boy from Fallout 3)

The Pip-Boy 3000 is a hand-held electronic device produced by RobCo Industries and is one of several Pip-Boy models that were issued as standard to Vault-Tec Vaults. The device has numerous functions, and its capable of displaying the character's stats, area maps, inventory, Geiger counter, and radio. It is also possible to illuminate the screen to a level that is sufficient to light the area immediately around the user, acting as a makeshift lantern in darkened areas.
(From Pip-Boy 3000)

Science fiction readers may also recall the wrist bracelet viewer from Roger Zelazny's excellent 1980 novel Changeling:

Mark brushed back the soft green sleeve of his upper garment and pressed several buttons on the wide bracelet he wore upon his left wrist... He controlled [the bird's] passage with the wristband and saw through its eyes upon the tiny screen in the bracelet's center.
(Read more about Zelazny's wristband viewer)

Fans of the great 1987 science fiction movie Predator will remember the alien wrist display; among its various functions - detonate nuclear blast.


(Predator wrist display and PDA)

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