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  • Government Looking to Developers For Bomb Squad App Store



    Imagine if in 2008’s Hurt Locker the elite soldier tasked with disarming IEDs and other explosives whipped out his iPhone and proclaimed “Wait, wait. I have an App for that.”

    Well the US Department of Defense Explosive Ordnance Disposal is imaging exactly that and is looking for coders to help build an entire app store dedicated to bomb technicians. Funding for those chosen to develop the store can reach from 750,000 to $1.25 million according to an engineer close to the program.

    Programmers hoping to get a part of the government-funded pie need to make sure their product is password protected and encrypted. The apps in question will likely be a digitization of the current handbooks and procedural manuals, which could come in handy during the heat of battle. Or our bomb technicians could potentially get distracted harvesting their crops and snapping Instagram photos. The deadline is March 9,2012 and the App Store should be compatible with one or more of the “major operating systems” commercially available including “Android, Apple, Blackberry etc.”

    On a side note, Blackberry should be flattered someone considers them a “major operating system.”

    Source: Tech Crunch
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Government Looking to Developers For Bomb Squad App Store started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Swanson View Post

      On a side note, Blackberry should be flattered someone considers them a “major operating system.”
      Haha
    1. rabbit_'s Avatar
      rabbit_ -
      Lmao
    1. chris102192's Avatar
      chris102192 -
      So are devs creating an App Store? or an App.... im confused.
    1. ohthatguyagain's Avatar
      ohthatguyagain -
      Lol! Backhanded crack at blackberry... Pretty good one though!
    1. Cellular's Avatar
      Cellular -
      Ugh another waste of government money...stupid pork
    1. iNT3Rv3NTiONZz's Avatar
      iNT3Rv3NTiONZz -
      BB feeling the love... Lmao
    1. ceramicwhite's Avatar
      ceramicwhite -
      should have an AR app that can scan IED's in question and then give help on what type of bomb, and how to disable e.t.c.
    1. spektro's Avatar
      spektro -
      Could even control that robot with a few more effort on hardware. So many ideas. Not felling lucky for not being american...
    1. towboattrash34's Avatar
      towboattrash34 -
      well they could get the enemy to start putting bar codes on the ied's and we can scan it to see how to disable it....Lol...

      Quote Originally Posted by ceramicwhite View Post
      should have an AR app that can scan IED's in question and then give help on what type of bomb, and how to disable e.t.c.
      sorry did not see this post....
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Why would there be an "etc." in a list of the "major operating systems"?

      Quote Originally Posted by Cellular View Post
      Ugh another waste of government money...stupid pork
      +1 I don't see why they're paying 1.25 million for some digital manuals.