We've seen a variety of systems designed to better inform
soldiers of what's truly going on around them, but a new setup devised by Thales UK
weds an advanced GPS module, a digital magnetic compass, a microprocessor, and a "fully ruggedized display" to provide near-real time situational awareness information. Dubbed MILTRAK, this concoction equips field soldiers with a portable display which seems to work an awful lot like your basic top-screen radar (think Counter-Strike), as it displays the positions of "similarly equipped friendly (blue) forces overlaid on a relational display, raster map, or geo-referenced aerial
photograph." Moreover, those in battle can purportedly share and follow routes, which enhances communication
and keeps platoons from running astray. Heck, they may even forget that the bullets flying around them are real.
, image courtesy of Army