US intelligence agencies are getting more up to date in their use of technology, with the formation of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Acitivty (IARPA) set up to assist all of the country's 16 spy agencies.
A report in Silicon Valley reveals that the new centre is working with fingerprint recognition, language translation and even cloaking technologies.
Many of these technologies are available in the commercial world and there have been questions raised about whether yet another agency is needed to work on what is essentially existing technology.
Previously, intelligence agencies have been responsible for technological breakthroughs like miniature cameras and lithium-iodine batteries.
It is hoped the new centre, once bedded down, will be able to follow suit.