Special operations

Philip Mason reports on two potentially game-changing products – including a Molar Mic for the US military – that use the structure of the face to facilitate wireless communication

At Land Mobile magazine, we pride ourselves in covering exactly the right kind of cutting-edge wireless communications technology to help our readers improve the efficiency of their operations and the safety of their employees.

At the same time, however, it is also sometimes useful – not to say fun – to look beyond that which offers an immediate palpable use-case and speculate on solutions which could, in the fullness of time, be not just useful but truly disruptive.

The most obvious current example of this is undoubtedly 5G, which has received an inordinate amount of coverage despite its most tantalising use-cases (say, fully automated driving) currently amounting to very little but a twinkle in the test bed manager’s eye. In the same way, there are also some extraordinarily cool solutions which, while actually semi-useable in their current form, will likely have to wait for the market to catch up before we see them being deployed in any kind of volume.

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