Guns and Holsters recently ran an article about what a weapon grip that functions for a rifle in the same way a "black box" does for a aircraft. The more complicated something is, the easier it is to break but if this has great potential for cutting through the 'fog of war'...unless, of course, it results in information overload.
FN SmartCoreThe FN SmartCore was rolled out at the EUROSATORY 2012 last week. Formerly known as the FN Black Box, the SmartCore is very similar to the recording devices found in airplanes that the project was originally named after.
The FN SmartCore is essentially a "black box" that records data on military rifles and transmits the data, in real time, to battlefield commanders.
The SmartCore is an electronic system that records and examines the firearm’s use for a variety of purposes. It does several rather mundane things like help armorers keep track of which weapons are in need of service.
One of the more interesting aspects of the recorder is its ability to transmit use information to military commanders. This allows the chain of command to know specifically which units are engaging the enemy, and at what location, without the need for radio communications.