Although the project is small, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) believes it has great potential and could speed an intelligence analyst's ability to do his or her job by 100-fold.
For instance, current estimates say it takes defense analysts more than 1,000 hours to sufficiently review a square kilometer -- looking for clues of a Taliban hideout, for example -- in a small patch of Afghanistan landscape. ORBIT could do the same job in 10 hours.
Investors ought to think about the technology's applications beyond military intelligence. For example, Google
Manufacturers of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), such as AeroVironment
There are a host of other applications as well, and this brain-inspired technology will give farsighted investors plenty to think about.
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Jack Uldrich will get really excited when ORBIT allows him to find his lost keys using Google. He doesn't own stock in any of the companies mentioned in this article. The Fool has a disclosure policy.