Coolest Gadgets » Military Gadgets http://www.coolest-gadgets.com Playing with cool gadgets in the ongoing search for the Coolest Gadget Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:00:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.20 The Taser Pulse is a gun that’s not a gun http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20170209/taser-pulse-gun-gun/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20170209/taser-pulse-gun-gun/#comments Thu, 09 Feb 2017 18:30:49 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=259391

It’s a dangerous world out there, and while none of us think something bad will happen to us, we shouldn’t sit by idly thinking the worst will never come. You also shouldn’t panic every moment you’re alive about what might happen, but life is all about balance, and you have to find a happy medium. The ideal is to be ready for whatever life throws in your path, but knowing where to start the preparations is tough.

While there are plenty of great self-defense classes that will help you get in shape and teach you how to deal with attackers without a weapon in your hands, there are peace of mind gadgets like the Taser Pulse. This looks like a gun that would shoot bullets, but instead fires 50,000 volts at 7 watts at those causing enough clamor to make you want to cause anyone harm. It has a protective soft cover, and is capable of closing a distance of 15 feet, so if you see real trouble approaching, you’ll have some ground between the two of you when firing.

This comes with 2 live cartridges, and should immobilize your attacker for around 30 seconds. It weighs 0.5 pounds, so it shouldn’t add too much weight to your day bag. Although, seeing that there are enough items for precautionary measures to fill the Smithsonian, you’ll have to pick what you consider essential items for every day carrying purposes. This is a $372 purchase, which makes it one you won’t be buying on a whim.

Available for purchase on Amazon
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The SURVCO Tactical Credit Card – an old-fashioned EDC tool for modern users http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20150417/survco-tactical-credit-card-oldfashioned-edc-tool-modern-users/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20150417/survco-tactical-credit-card-oldfashioned-edc-tool-modern-users/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:30:27 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=218932 SURVCO Tactical Credit Card

There are fewer and fewer people who are acquainted with old-fashioned manual labor. That’s not to say that they won’t do it, but it certainly seems like a chore for those who never have their tools out, to have to get out an entire box of every tool they own just to take care of one or two smaller tasks. This is where having an EDC tool could come in handy, which is essentially a multi-tool that is useful for everyday situations.

If you only want to pull out your wallet to be able to tighten a loose bolt, cut a bit of twine, cut down a branch, or protect yourself in the wilds, you’ll want the SURVCO Tactical Credit Card. This has 21 capabilities, all on a thin piece of metal that you can slip into your wallet. It can pull up nails, act as an arrow, spear, saw, ax, tomahawk, knife, scraper, skinner, shovel, seat belt cutter, bottle opener, water valve wrench, gas valve wrench, flat head screwdriver, can fit fourth, five-sixteenths, half, three-eighths, and seven-sixteenths inch sockets, and more.

You will need to have a paracord bracelet handy to turn it into a tomahawk or spear, but if you’re looking at getting one of these, you are likely already prepared. This is made of 12 gauge 304 stainless steel, and is made by a disabled veteran. That being said, he likely knows what’s going to be practical. This is made not to rust, and while this shouldn’t need to be said, you will essentially be carrying a sharp metal object around, so do try and remember that if you go on a plane as they discourage that sort of thing. This is only going to cost you $37.69, and will likely require a bit of fiddling with to get used to as an everyday tool.

Available for purchase on Etsy
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The MTS Multi-Shield Threat safeguards your laptop and your life http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20150324/mts-multishield-threat-safeguards-laptop-life/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20150324/mts-multishield-threat-safeguards-laptop-life/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:38:21 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=212713 MTS Multi Shield Threat

While it’s not something anyone wants to think about, shootings are cropping up more and more in the news. Even if you train yourself how to properly handle and shoot a gun, that won’t stop bullets fired at you from stopping. It’s good to know when to be defensive or offensive, and for the former, you need to have a way to shield yourself if the situation presents itself.

There’s a decent chance you’re not going to wear a Kevlar vest to work every day. If you do, coworkers, friends, and family will likely worry about your mental health. Should the threat of being caught in a hail of bullets cause you anxiety, but you still want to be accepted by social norms, then why not hide your ballistic protection through an even more discreet method than a vest? The MTS Multi-Threat Shield in its everyday use will carry your phone and laptop, but in dire situations will provide you with a three foot long blanket of protection to deal with a variety of potentially life-threatening situations.

While this is mainly meant to be used as protection against firearms, it will also help you against attacks with blunt objects, edged weapons, punches, and kicks. It weighs about 8 pounds, but what hides inside of its 1680-Denier water and abrasion-resistant ballistic nylon can stop a .44 Magnum. Of course, something that can stop a bullet is not going to be cheap, so try not to get too worked up over the $899 price tag.

Available for purchase on forcetraining, found via technabob
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Nautiz X8 rugged PDA takes everything that you can throw at it http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20141018/nautiz-x8-rugged-pda-takes-throw/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20141018/nautiz-x8-rugged-pda-takes-throw/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:00:23 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=147646 nautiz-x8While there are many positives to be taken from the ongoing development of smatrtphones and tablets, one of the more notable advancements in my humble opinion would be the increasing durability of smartphones – especially those that come with a waterproof ability. After all, it is not every day that you dunk your phone into a pool of water, but when that happens, you know for sure that all of your lovingly captured photos and videos will still be intact, unless of course, you happen to have left the waterproof flaps open. Well, mobile computers too, had a tough edge to them, and the Handheld Group has just announced the launch of its latest Nautiz X8 rugged PDA. The Nautiz X8 rugged PDA (continuing from where the Nautiz X7 left off) happens to be a handheld computer that features superior processing power, screen performance and battery life, and has been built to last.

Tough as nails, the Nautiz X8 rugged PDA was specially developed in order for it to function in the likes of GIS, land surveying, public safety, forestry and the military, going to show just what a tough nut this particular model can be. Specially constructed to enable efficient and reliable data collection regardless of just how tough the particular environment can be, it will sport an IP67 ingress protection rating, which translates to the delivery of complete protection against dust and sand, not to mention being able to withstand immersion in water. Apart from that, the Nautiz X8 rugged PDA will also meet stringent MIL-STD-810G military test standards for overall durability and resistance to humidity, shock, vibration, drops, salt and extreme temperatures.

As for the kind of hardware that this bad boy comes with, it will boast of a high-performance Texas Instruments 4470 dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, where it will be accompanied by 1GB RAM, 4GB of iNAND Flash as well as a 5,200 mAh Li-ion battery which is capable of lasting up to a dozen hours on a single charge. Alongside that would be two different mobile operating systems to choose from – Android 4.2.2 or Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5.3. I know that both of them are not exactly the flavor of the month, but life is all about compromises, ain’t it?

The Nautiz X8 will also boast of a large 4.7-inch ultra-bright capacitive multi-touch screen with chemically strengthened Asahi Dragontrail glass, delivering unparalleled brightness and protection in any field condition. Other hardware features include a dedicated u-blox GPS receiver, Bluetooth 2.0 and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity, GSM/UMTS or CDMA phone data transmission, an 8-megapixel shooter with autofocus and an LED flash. Expect initial deliveries of the Nautiz X8 rugged PDAto arrive later this November.

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Armatix iP1- is Technology Making Guns Safer? http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20140915/armatix-ip1-technology-making-guns-safer/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20140915/armatix-ip1-technology-making-guns-safer/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:00:12 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=131877 SmartSystem_iP1-Pistole_4.tifUnknown

Okay, so we have smartphones that can be unlocked with a fingerprint scanner, keeping the contents safe from prying eyes and identity thieves. We have cars that open their doors to anyone simply holding the car keys, and homes that unlock themselves by looking into our eyes. While some of this technology is fairly new, it is becoming apparent that there’s a whole slew of new ways to lock stuff up, and now… a bunch of new things we can start locking.

Check out the Armatix Smart Gun,  seemingly the first of its kind, this .22-calibre, magazine-fed, semi-automatic handgun is designed and manufactured by the German company, Armatix. What makes this pistol unusual is that the Smart Gun can only be fired with an accompanying wristwatch. Yup, the watch is equipped with RFID, and when the shooter grips the handle it sends a signal to unlock the weapon, and turns the red light on the back of the pistol green, indicting the weapon is ready to fire.

Now I’m not going to weigh in on the pros and cons of owning a handgun, only to say that with the advancing technology of our time, there should be some things on the horizon that can modify guns in ways to make them safer… This particular “smart gun” has already hit the shelves here in the U.S.A, to mixed reviews, and an onslaught of arguments and legislation.

The Armatix iP1 weighs in at well under 19 ounces without it’s magazine, and it has an interface for additional applications, like a camera. The pistol sells for $1,399 and the watch retails for another $399 — Yes, they’re sold separately, still trying to figure that out. Availability is yet to be determined in most states. So are we safer now? For more information please visit armatix.us
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Helicopters get robotic guns http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20140625/helicopters-robotic-guns/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20140625/helicopters-robotic-guns/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:48:17 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=90795 duke-airborneNormally, we would not touch weapons over here at Coolest Gadgets but this particular one is way too good to pass up. I am referring to Israel-based Duke Airborne Systems’ Robotic Weapon System (RWS). The Robotic Weapon System was first unveiled over at the Eurosatory defense industry show in Paris, where this particular system was touted to be a “first-of-its-kind” system by virtue of being a concealable robotic gunnery module that enables utility helicopters to fly into hostile territory without the need for an armed escort. This would definitely help solve some logistical nightmares, as well as free up resources elsewhere.

The Duke RWS happens to be a land-based gunnery system which was specially adapted to play nice in helicopters. It is made out of light aerospace materials, being designed to be installed in a standard utility helicopter without the need for any kind of structural changes to be made to the aircraft. Duke is proud to say that this particular modular kit will take up a mere 33% of the cargo space next to the door, which means there is still room for up to a dozen fully-armed soldiers.

The main focus of the RWS happens to be its electric 25mm machine gun that has up to 2,000 rounds, and these rounds will include bursting, armor-piercing, and air-burst munitions. Whenever the machine gun remains inactive, it will fully retract into the helicopter, which translates to the elimination of drag, not to mention allowing one to hold their proverbial cards close to the chest since the enemy will not be able to gauge the relative firepower available. This particular gun has been mounted on a 7-axis robotic system which will compensate for helicopter movement and vibration, all the while offering 360-degree firing capability.

Other features of this gun in the RWS include a multi-spectral vision system for day/night operations as well as automatic target tracking. Not only that, there are also integrated gunfire-locating sensors to let you figure out where the source of the weapon fire hails from in order to dish out suppressing fire yourself.

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The Mini Desktop Canon – Can Really be Fired, and You can Too! http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20140624/mini-desktop-canon-fired/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20140624/mini-desktop-canon-fired/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:00:47 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=90763 Unknown-1

Its been a while since I worked in a cubical, but I remember it like it was yesterday… the irritating chatter from the guy to the left of me, the smell of the guy on the rights curried lunch wafting over the flimsy fabric walls. Yes, I would sit in my little cube devising ways to make them pay, If only I had known about this next item…

Check out the Mini Desktop Cannon, set all your fears of being fired (and arrested) aside, and bring out the heavy artillery. The Mini Desktop Canon is machined via computer, utilizes a stainless steel barrel and stainless steel hardware, and it has a black anodized aluminum base. Oh, and it really works.

This muzzle loading, black powder weapon packs quite a punch, and provides a very intimidating BANG for your buck.The Mini Desktop Canon fires standard .177″ BB’s with a fireworks fuse. The bore is so precise that wadding with anything is unnecessary and more bang and velocity can be achieved with your Mini Canon than with much larger bore cannons!

So if you’re ready to throw caution to the wind (don’t do that) and have a genuine weapon on your desktop to avenge yourself at work. (Please don’t say we told you to.) Head on over to amazon.com to get yourself a Mini Desktop Canon for about 34 bucks. Just remember to wear eye protection and never, EVER, aim this thing at a real person… no matter how much you want to.

 
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Control your very own Black Hawk helicopter remotely http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20140429/control-black-hawk-helicopter-remotely/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20140429/control-black-hawk-helicopter-remotely/#comments Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:00:03 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=89526 rc-blackhawkRemote controlled toys can be fun to play, but more often than not, they tend to offer diminishing returns when it comes to the power consumption. You might take a whole half hour to juice up the battery to its maximum level, and yet are able to pilot the particular drone, or car, for eight to ten minutes, tops. Well, what if I told you that there is the possibility of actually controlling a fully equipped, life sized Black Hawk helicopter? This is what Sikirsky Aircraft Corp. has done, working alongside the U.S. Army to deliver an optionally piloted flight of a Black Hawk helicopter. This is definitely a significant step in the right direction toward providing autonomous cargo delivery functionality to the U.S. Army, so you can kiss goodbye to the idea of bringing some hot and heavy rain down behind enemy lines from afar without placing your life at a significantly higher risk factor.

The Optionally Piloted Black Hawk (OPBH) Demonstrator, is also known as Sikorsky’s Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter (MURAL) Program. In fact, a successful first flight demonstration was performed in March this year at Sikorsky’s Development Flight Center, where the OPBH showed off autonomous hover and flight operations all the while being under the control of a man-portable GCS, showing off the capability for expeditionary operations and critical cargo resupply.

Mark Miller, Sikorsky Vice President of Research & Engineering, shared, “The autonomous Black Hawk helicopter provides the commander with the flexibility to determine crewed or un-crewed operations, increasing sorties while maintaining crew rest requirements. This allows the crew to focus on the more ‘sensitive’ operations, and leaves the critical resupply missions for autonomous operations without increasing fleet size or mix.”

It would be interesting to see how the MURAL Program will pan out eventually, and whether we will see upgrades such as weapons being thrown into the mix for pilots to carry out offensive missions effectively.

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Near silent hybrid electric motorcycle in the works http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20140420/silent-hybrid-electric-motorcycle-works/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20140420/silent-hybrid-electric-motorcycle-works/#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:00:59 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=89326 logosThe military certainly has its fair share of “big boys’ toys”, so to speak, where there are weapons and technology which the world knows nothing about – unless it is by chance or force that such weapons and technological wizardry are revealed. In fact, the advancement of technology in recent years have done a whole lot to change the map of the battlefield – pilotless drones are now used to scout an area ahead of time, as well as to deliver a payload without risking the life of a human being sitting inside a real cockpit, and GPS too, has helped missiles be even more accurate. As for getting around, well, tanks and planes aren’t exactly the quietest rides in town, but how about motorcycles? Logos Technologies has received a small business innovation research (SBIR) grant from DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) in order to work on a military-use hybrid-electric motorcycle that has near-silent capability.

It is hoped by DARPA that this particular technology, when it matures fully, will enable tiny, distributed military teams to move long distances in the shortest time possible, all the while remaining stealth as they make their way across harsh enemy terrain.

Specially developed in partnership with San Francisco-based all-electric motorcycle producer BRD, this particular platform will merge Logos Technologies’ quieted, multifuel hybrid-electric power system alongside a cutting-edge, off-road electric motorcycle platform that has been developed by BRD. This particular initiative is said to be the first time that a two-wheel-drive, multifuel hybrid capability has been integrated into a full-size off-road motorcycle – successfully, to boot.

The hybrid-electric idea also paves the way for extended periods of near-silent, electric-only-propulsion, in addition to the generation of supplemental electric power for use by personnel in the field. No idea on how much such a bike will cost eventually, but if it is going to help win wars, there is no price tag issue left anymore, is there?

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Pentagon To Recycle Old Drones As Wi-Fi Hotspots http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20140416/pentagon-recycle-drones-wifi-hotspots/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20140416/pentagon-recycle-drones-wifi-hotspots/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:00:46 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=89231 pentagon-drone-wifiThe Pentagon has plans to breath new life into old drones, and they will do so by transforming these once loyal servants into Wi-Fi hotspots. Of course, using drones as a Wi-Fi hotspot is not exactly the newest idea on the block, and neither does it elicit an “Eureka!” moment, but it is interesting to see how this might change the face of battle in a war. Normally, the equipment that is required for long-range high-bandwidth Wi-Fi is more often than not unavailable to troops in the field. With some modifications made, engineers do hope that this will change, offering airborne Wi-Fi hotspots which allows isolated troops to have a decent data connection.

This does seem to be pretty much in vein with that of Facebook’s initiative to deliver their Connectivity Lab idea to the world, blanketing even remote areas with Wi-Fi connectivity, although critics of this program have (justifiable) fears that such drones could be the weak point when it comes to security.

On the flipside, if this program takes off successfully (pun not intended), then troops on the battlefield will be able to gain access to a secure, stable and fast internet connection. Dick Ridgway, Darpa programme manager shared, “We’re pleased with the technical achievements we’ve seen so far in steerable millimetre-wave antennas and millimetre-wave amplifier technology. These successes – and the novel networking approaches needed to maintain these high-capacity links – are key to providing forward deployed units with the same high-capacity connectivity we all enjoy over our 4G cell-phone networks.”

The initial phases of this particular drone transformation program would include smaller, steerable antennas; signal boosters; increased power efficiency and a light pod that will allow the device to be carried without burdening the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) itself. It is said that this network could very well hit the 1 gigabit per-second (Gb/s) capacity, making it as fast as Google Fiber’s. Tweets and Facebook updates directly from the battlefield, yo!

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