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Seattle startup Adapx has won a $1.65 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to incorporate speech and sketch into battlefield planning maps. The contract follows a similar deal inked in October with the Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command which allows commanders to speak and sketch their plans into battlefield simulators.

Adapx says the technology “enables warfighters to quickly create, share and analyze digital courses of action for faster and improved decision making.” The system picks up on military jargon and symbols, allowing commanders to sketch or speak the data onto an interactive map. That could help commanders better identify ambush positions of the enemy or coordinate timing and positions of friendly units.

“Adapx has worked for years with DARPA and the Deep Green project to integrate speech and sketch into battle command systems, enabling commanders to create their battle plans by simply speaking and sketching their plans using standard military jargon and symbols,” said Adapx vice president of marketing Ted Gauld.

You can see how the new system works in this unclassified video.

Adapx raised $5 million in May from OVP Venture Partners, Paladin Capital, Pelion Venture Partners and others.

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