Air Force Aims To Tap Collective Brain Power Of Global Tech Community
The U.S. Air Force is employing the same strategy to leap the hurdles it’s facing with three projects: Search and Rescue 2.0, Mind of a Quadrotor, and The Launch of GPS IIF. The search and rescue project is aimed at finding better ways for rescuers to perform their dangerous and vital jobs. In Mind of a Quadrotor, the Air Force is trying to build a better system of helping a quadrotor navigate its surroundings with as little human intervention as possible. The GPS project is an effort to launch the Air Force’s latest GPS satellite to precise coordinates.
Participating is simple; you can create a free profile in a couple of minutes at airforce.com/collaboratory; choose a project to work on; and start adding ideas, commenting on others, and communicating with peers working toward the same goal.
Like the venerable and exciting collaborations in tech history, The Air Force Collaboratory is not just an interesting way to pass the time; you’ll be contributing to very real projects and working with members of the Air Force as you tackle a challenge.
The Air Force will take the best ideas from The Air Force Collaboratory and prototype them, pushing them out to the field as quickly as possible. Thus, it’s reasonable to think that your idea could be deployed in a real scenario in a relatively short amount of time.
The Air Force can rapidly prototype ideas, often with 3D printing,
such as these RC helicopter legs by The Air Force Collaboratory user Alexander T.
All of this is because of the strategy of collaboration with people the world over. The wisdom here is easy to see. You never know where the next great idea might come from; it could be from one of the Air Force’s bright engineers, or it could be from some kid living in Nowhereseville, USA. (Or, more often, from the combination of the two.)
The Air Force Collaboratory provides a platform for that youngster to not only get his or her ideas in front of real military minds, but also to receive input from those same minds and have a dialog about how to innovate and solve problems.