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Pentagon joins Silicon Valley to create technology center

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The Pentagon is building a technology center for Silicon Valley companies and contractors who provide services to the military to build flexible devices such as mechanical costumes with fast sensors for “super” of the future.

The Industrial Innovation Institute will be inaugurated on Friday by the US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, at its headquarters in San Jose, California, according reported the Pentagon and the White House.

The plan, released on Friday, foresees the creation of a public-private structure with an investment of 171 million dollars to accelerate the flexible electronics, printed circuits on soft or extensible brackets with applications for the military, health, and interests urban.

The project brings together the electronics industry a high-precision companies to create sensors that adapt to the curves of the human body, objects and structures.

The project will receive 75 million in federal investments over five years and make association between the electronics and semiconductor industry – Applied Materials, Apple, United Technologies, Hewlett-Packard and Qualcomm – with users of these technologies as Boeing, General Motors, Cleveland Clinic, Corning and Motorola.

Dubbed Flex Tech Alliance, the initiative includes 162 companies, nonprofit organizations, independent research organizations and universities, including Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and will be coordinated by the US Air Force.

This is the seventh industrial institute launched during the government of Barack Obama, the statement from the White House.

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