Future UAVs might have two-way voice to speed communications

In the not too distant future, unmanned aerial vehicles might be capable of communicating with operators by voice, use vibrating controls to alert operators of hostile fire, and have other features that are now routinely used in smart-phone apps and gaming systems, reports David Axe at Wired's Danger Room blog.

Human operators of UAVs currently use slow computer interfaces consisting of computer screens, keyboards and joysticks to maneuver their unmanned aircraft from, in some cases, the other side of the globe, the story said.

But military experts expect that within the next decade man-machine interfaces will likely replace what is essentially a desktop environment for controlling UAVs, the story said. All of this depends on the progress of the Air Force's research and the funding for such research efforts, the story said.

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