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Navy Develops RF Emission Detection, Localization Tech

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Jeff Brody

The U.S. Navy’s Naval Information Warfare Center in Charleston, S.C., has created an augmented reality-based prototype technology to help warfighters detect and locate radio frequency emissions. NIWC Atlantic designed the Spectrum Hunter system with an AR display for military users to view information about RF waves and interact with the device through a hand gesture or a verbal command, the service branch said Wednesday.

A holographic user interface works by guiding device users toward the source of emission. Active-duty service members and some representatives from the government, academic and private sectors tested the exploratory platform in different scenarios as part of a naval technology exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina last month.

“Our team is initially focusing on detecting handheld radios and will expand the scope later to detect cell phones and other devices,” Sinclair continued. “In the future, we plan to modify it to identify RF waves emitting from enemy forces,” said Jessica Sinclair, an information technology specialist at NIWC Atlantic.

Sinclair and her teammembers intend to share the concept outside their organization after they received a provisional patent.

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