DARPA unveils Android-based ground sensor device

DARPA announced a sensor reference system device based on a new Android-based sensor processing core called the Adaptable Sensor System (ADAPT). The initial ADAPT reference device, called UGS (unattended ground sensor), is designed as the basis for a series of lower-cost, more upgradable sensor devices for military applications.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) ADAPT program is part of larger effort by the U.S. military that aims to reduce costs and speed production schedules for military equipment. ADAPT plans to replace the traditional practice of using defense contractors for unattended sensor equipment with an original design manufacturer (ODM) process ???similar to that of the commercial smartphone industry,??? says DARPA.