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20 Navy | Spring 2018 officers who pass through and watch, for example, Reidel's video, invariably come up with spin-off suggestions of their own. Each potentially viable idea gets logged into a record book. At some point, they each are screened for security purposes. Videos that pass muster ultimately are bound for posting on the Defense Visual Information Distribu- tion Service (DVIDS) for wider dissemination. "What we've seen with iLab is guys are familiar with prob- lems on boats, but not familiar with any kinds of solutions that could solve them," Keithley said. "When they come to iLab, they see a whole bunch of things they didn't know were out there and are available. ey match up tech- nology and capability with the problems they already know about." With a little more than a year under their belt, the iLab staff nevertheless is seeing progress in terms of seedling suggestions eventually evolving into what could become full-fledged programs that would find their way into the fleet. "With the good ideas we've seen, some are being applied to what's already out there — marrying up with something that can make the lives of Sailors more effec- tive and improve training," Keithley said. "Anything that improves warfighting, ultimately, is what we're going for here." "It's not as speedy as we'd like. We don't have anything out at sea right now that we can point to that came from iLab," Keithley said. "But we see progress on a number of fronts — where we can actually go out and test certain things, fly UAVs. We can get Sailors involved in augmented reality and demonstrations." Keithley expects iLab's incremental development to continue. It will look like a completely different place in one year, he believes. As the iLab evolves, progress would depend upon building existing and future partnerships with a network of representatives from academia, industry and other military communities, said Christopher Bretz, who serves as its manager. "While that doesn't seem like much, the network is essential," said Bretz, who works for the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. as the innovation advisor for SUBPAC. Contributing military partners include the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command and the Battlespace Exploitation of Mixed Reality Laboratory at Naval Station San Diego. e University of Hawaii Applied Research Labora- tory, under the leadership of director Margo Edwards, has taken part in several exercises with SUBPAC personnel on torpedo-retriever boats, using unmanned aerial systems to find and recover torpedoes that were used in training, Bretz said. "ey are also helping SUBPAC experiment with man-overboard detection, using video machine intelli- gence to look at video and try to identify the man in the water," Bretz said. Another project now being conducted in collab- oration with the University of Hawaii involves using unmanned vehicles for force protection. e exercises entail using unmanned vehicles that would provide warnings to nearby vessels with human crews and under- way-replenishment delivery of small items, as well aid to navigation and situational-awareness enhancement. Christopher Bretz, left, program manager for Booz Allen Hamilton, shows a Sailor the Interactive Piloting System, which was created using seven GoPro cameras covering a 360-degree field of view that allows a drive-through view of actual port entry conditions and close-up views of buoys and natural features, during the Innova- tion Lab (iLab) roadshow held at Trident Training Facility Bangor, Wash., April 27, 2017. MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS AMANDA R. GRAY

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