The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has chosen three companies for a $33 million project to develop small cameras that will allow soldiers to detect and identify threats 24/7 and in harsh environments, Military Aerospace reports Wednesday.
The PIXNET program aims to develop a smaller, lighter and cheaper helmet- and infantry weapon-mounted situational-awareness cameras.
DARPA awarded DRS Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition with $15.5 million, Raytheon with $8.6 million and Sensors Unlimited with $8.9 million.
DARPA researchers will work with the three companies to develop helmet-mounted cameras and clip-on weapon sights that will be connected to an Android smartphone for data processing and image display and fusion.
Nibir Dhar, DARPA program manager for PIXNET, said the program “will require innovations to combine reflective and thermal bands for maximum visibility during the day or night, and then package this technology for maximum portability.”