Your New Look/What The Well-Dressed Warrior Will Wear; Your Bionic Future; Scientific American Presents; by Nadis; 2 Page(s)
YOU'RE ALONE, trapped behind enemy lines. You've got your wits to rely on-plus more gadgets than James Bond ever dreamed of. First you unleash a squadron of insect-size robots with tiny cameras to survey the area for hidden threats. Your chameleonic outfit automatically blends in with the surroundings, and its interactive textiles employ "stealth" technology to make you invisible to enemy sensors. And if all else fails, you've still got holographic decoys to confuse the enemy and viruses to disrupt its computers.
Sound far-fetched? Not to the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center (SSCEN) in Natick, Mass. The center's 550 engineers, technicians and scientists are working on an array of technologies to feed and clothe soldiers, to make them more lethal and mobile, and to help them survive serious injury.