Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Deploys Rehabilitation Research to Help a Veteran in Need

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Deploys Rehabilitation Research to Help a Veteran in Need

[author type="author"]Orli Belman[/author] A crew from the popular television program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition recently installed a physical therapy exercise game developed at the University of Southern California (USC) Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) in a house built for Iraq war veteran SSG Allen Hill, who suffered injuries and needed to be able to do customized rehabilitation exercises at home. “This is a researcher’s dream come true,” said ICT’s Belinda Lange, who specializes in creating virtual reality game-based applications for motor rehabilitation. She developed the Jewel Mine game that was installed in Hill’s home. “To be able to see your work make it out of the lab and make a […]

Institute for Creative Technologies Brings Army Training to Life

Institute for Creative Technologies Brings Army Training to Life

[author type="author"]Orli Belman[/author] This month, second lieutenants at the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, GA, begin interpersonal skills training with the help of SSG Jacob Garza, a virtual human that looks, moves, speaks, and behaves like a real person. Through conversations with this simulated squad leader—who offers consistent responses and never gets tired—young officers will experience what can go right and wrong during informal counseling sessions they may encounter on the job. Virtual humans are in the Army now. SSG Garza is just the latest in a line of computer-generated characters created by the University of Southern California (USC) Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT). They serve as […]

Time Magazine Ranks Malaria Vaccine Among Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs of 2011

Time Magazine Ranks Malaria Vaccine Among Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs of 2011

[author type="author"]MAJ Jason A. Regules and COL Christian F. Ockenhouse[/author] The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) and public-private partners recently received recognition from Time magazine for the development of the RTS,S malaria vaccine candidate, when Time called the vaccine the second most momentous medical breakthrough of 2011. Malaria is a major worldwide problem that is endemic to regions of strategic importance to the United States, such as tropical Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Latin America. There are 300 million cases of malaria annually, with an estimated 1 million deaths. Infected pregnant women and children are prone to severe disease. U.S. military personnel and others from non-endemic regions are also […]

In Search of Integrated Solutions

In Search of Integrated Solutions

[author type="author"]Kris Osborn[/author] The Pentagon and the Army are in the early stages of a far-reaching science and technology (S&T) effort to engineer, build, and deliver a next-generation helicopter with vastly improved avionics, electronics, range, speed, propulsion, survivability, operating density altitudes, and payload capacity. In a series of five articles, Access AL&T looks in detail at what this program is intended to accomplish and how industry is contributing. The Army’s Mission Systems and Aircraft Survivability Equipment strategy is aimed at fielding an integrated suite of sensors and countermeasure technologies designed to identify, and in some cases, deter a wide range of potential incoming threats, from small arms fire to rocket-propelled […]

Next-Generation Equipment Eyed for New Helicopter

Next-Generation Equipment Eyed for New Helicopter

[author type="author"]Kris Osborn[/author] The Pentagon and the Army are in the early stages of a far-reaching science and technology (S&T) effort to engineer, build, and deliver a next-generation helicopter with vastly improved avionics, electronics, range, speed, propulsion, survivability, operating density altitudes, and payload capacity. In a series of five articles, Access AL&T looks in detail at what this program is intended to accomplish and how industry is contributing. The Army-led Science and Technology (S&T) Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator effort is heavily focused on leveraging advanced electronic and avionics capabilities. As part of the JMR Technology Demonstrator Phase 2, the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center […]

The JMR Vision, From the Outside In

The JMR Vision, From the Outside In

Kris Osborn The Pentagon and the Army are in the early stages of a far-reaching science and technology (S&T) effort to engineer, build, and deliver a next-generation helicopter with vastly improved avionics, electronics, range, speed, propulsion, survivability, operating density altitudes, and payload capacity. In a series of five articles, Access AL&T looks in detail at what this program is intended to accomplish and how industry is contributing. The areas of science and technology (S&T) focus for the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator program span a wide spectrum of emerging technologies, including composite materials, onboard electronics, and various rotor configurations designed to increase speed without compromising hovering ability, said Dave Weller, […]

Industry Teams at Work on JMR

Industry Teams at Work on JMR

[author type="author"]Kris Osborn[/author] The Pentagon and the Army are in the early stages of a far-reaching science and technology (S&T) effort to engineer, build, and deliver a next-generation helicopter with vastly improved avionics, electronics, range, speed, propulsion, survivability, operating density altitudes, and payload capacity. In a series of five articles, Access AL&T looks in detail at what this program is intended to accomplish and how industry is contributing. The Joint Multi-Role (JMR) science and technology (S&T) effort, led by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), has awarded  “concept trade and analysis” deals to four industry teams tasked with examining the attributes, designs, and technologies needed to build […]

Pentagon, Army Developing Next-Generation Helicopter Fleet

Pentagon, Army Developing Next-Generation Helicopter Fleet

[author type="author"]Kris Osborn[/author] The Pentagon and the Army are in the early stages of a far-reaching science and technology (S&T) effort to engineer, build, and deliver a next-generation helicopter with vastly improved avionics, electronics, range, speed, propulsion, survivability, operating density altitudes, and payload capacity. In a series of five articles, Access AL&T looks in detail at what this program is intended to accomplish and how industry is contributing. The Army-led Joint Multi-Role (JMR) program is a broadly scoped Pentagon endeavor representing the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the military services, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Special Operations Command, and NASA, among others. The goal of the JMR […]

Taking Telemedicine to the Front Lines

Taking Telemedicine to the Front Lines

[author type="author"]Jeffrey M. Soares[/author] In an age of smartphones and high-tech gadgets galore, it may be surprising to hear that one of the next “big things” coming out of the electronics arena is being spearheaded by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) at Fort Detrick, MD.  Since 2009, the USAMRMC has been directing, developing, and refining handheld telemedicine devices that could help save lives in theater. The culmination of this effort is drawing near for one of the candidate projects.  “The TEMPUS Pro is an advanced compact telemedicine system intended to support combat casualties in forward areas near point-of-injury on the battlefield,” said Dr. Gary Gilbert, Chief […]

Laser Detecting Sets Ensure Air Crews’ Safety

Laser Detecting Sets Ensure Air Crews’ Safety

[author type="author"]Brandon Pollachek[/author] In a Connecticut industrial plant, far from the battlefields of Afghanistan, a system that has provided Soldiers with vital protection reached a significant milestone on Dec. 7, which happened to be the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Army accepted the delivery of the 1,000th AN/AVR-2B Laser Detecting Set (LDS) from the Goodrich Corp. during a ceremony at the contractor’s facility in Danbury, CT. Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy; BG Harold J. Greene, Program Executive Officer Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, and Sensors (PEO IEW&S); and COL John Leaphart, Project Manager Aircraft Survivability Equipment, spoke to an audience of 500 employees, members of the Connecticut National […]