From Poland, app helps detect landmines

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In the past we've seen military apparatus appropriated for commercial uses, with former bases turned into storage for DNA samples and aircraft carriers transformed into hotels. Reversing this pattern however, a student group from the Military University of Technology in Warsaw, called ARMED, has adapted the everyday technology of the smartphone to create SAPER — a mine-detecting app for use by peace-keeping forces. The app uses the same technology that powers smartphones' compass function in order to detect disturbances in the magnetic field of an area suspected to have landmines or improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The user interface mimics a…

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