We hear about new advancements in technology just about every day these days. From improvements to current designs, to break-thru innovations that aim to make our lives simpler, technology has infiltrated our lives and become necessities in almost everything that we do.
To that end, it appears that our military has plans on incorporating a certain piece of "technology" that we are all pretty familiar with:
But before you conjure up images of soldiers manning the frontlines on the battlefield armed with multi-colored lightsabers (though that would undoubtedly send immense fear racing thru our enemies), check out this article from AMCTV.com that discusses how our military plans on utilizing this saber technology - and it isn't for battle.
"According to a Pentagon budget document, Special Operations Command recently "completed ongoing testing and field evaluation studies" of a "wearable low-power plasma knife" which, in description, sounds like a little lightsaber. But before you sign up to fight like a Jedi Knight, read on. The device wasn't tested as an "elegant weapon for a more civilized age." It's a medical device meant to treat injured soldiers on the front lines, more akin in application to Star Trek tech.
Intended for use by Special Operations Forces that are stuck behind enemy lines or far from an emergency care facility, the portable plasma knife could be the difference between life and death. Sure, it could slice open a Tauntaun so a fellow fighter doesn't freeze to death, but given the climate and wildlife in Afghanistan, that's probably not what the military has in mind. More likely, it would be used to quickly cauterize a wound so a commando wouldn't bleed to death waiting for treatment. If you're losing blood in a remote mountain range, may the Special Forces be with you!"
Sci-fi fantasy developed & implemented in the real world, especially to assist in the survival of our military troops? Sign me up for that any day.