The reality is that we do live in a crapsack world governed mainly by well capitalized interests and corrupt government officials acting mostly in cooperation if not outright coordination/collusion.
- LIBOR rate rigging
- FOREX (foreign currency exchange) Rigging
- Gold and Silver (really all metals) market rigging - nevermind the aluminum cartel
That is all just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what a crapsack world we really live in. We all buy the sausage, but few of us are aware of how it is made and how many dirty hands touch it before it reaches our collective mouths.
On to the actual point of things!
Technology is advancing rapidly though asymmetrically. Intel is busy pushing the next generation of connectivity alongside Google. Intel's SD-card sized computer is in the works, though the current generation uses an Atom processor rather than a Quark processor. This is done mostly for performance reasons, but leaves it bulkier than the original design called for.
The above picture is a reference design to show where things are headed soon. It has wireless connectivity, runs a linux OS, and is a developer board. This means that it is for the use of others to make applicable to our lives. Chips like this can be fitted into any number of items from shoes and other apparel to making an extremely efficient distributed computer system embedded in a soldier's body armor, part of a police uniform or even helping you and your friends create a "personal-LAN".
Imagine integrating these connectivity devices with other wearables like google glass and using an encrypted connection and some VPN software having your own private communications system all hands free.
what you have here is the beginnings of the Star Trek Next Generation comm badge at the very least. It would be able to provide GPS coordinates, link up and have its power augmented/supplemented by other devices, used as part of a personal ID system that replaces credit/debit cards and passports and driver ID's.
this little device could replace all of your miscellaneous identification and payment devices. You won't need it implanted a la mark of satan..simply having it as part of a wrist watch device would be enough. Cover it in an OLED screen and you have a functional watch tied to the system clock that updates via the nuclear clock over your now permanent internet connection.
The internet is also about to become free - as satellites are about to be launched in the next few years to broadcast internet connectivity world wide. At first connection speeds may be slow and latency high. But over time we will have a dick-tracy video/ radio watch.
The internet of things will quite literally let us perform miracles.
Back on to what it can do for soldiers.
- Provide a local network for communications that is short range and encrypted
- Use other wearable devices to give soldiers enhanced situation awareness (expanded spectral vision)
- Act as an emergency homing beacon in a compact and rugged form factor
Soldiers now with computerized systems on their armor basically have laptops on their backs or equipment that is still bulky. A small distributed network however can be placed all around the solider's uniform so that even if one part is disabled the rest will function even if slightly degraded.
Police forces can benefit from the same things and so can individuals. wearable safety devices while out hiking powered not my batteries but the energy of one's own movements. GPS devices that never fail because they are powered the same way. No one ever needs to be lost again. These small units could monitor in real time a person's blood sugar level if they are diabetic giving a real time read-out on your watch of both actual and average over time. Oxygen levels for people with COPD and a whole host of other conditions can be monitored.
This is only the beginning.