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Compressive Habiliment Integrated Technology for Continuous Health Assessment Tasks (CHITCHAT)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Health Agency
Contract: W81XWH-17-C-0113
Agency Tracking Number: H171-005-0035
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DHA17-005
Solicitation Number: 2017.1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-04-24
Small Business Information
200 Boston Avenue Suite 1000
Medford, MA 02155
United States
DUNS: 786127522
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Tim Gipson
 Director - Electrical Engineering
 (781) 306-0609
Business Contact
 Attila Lengyel
Phone: (781) 306-0609
Research Institution

USAMRMC seeks a sensor-enabled compression shirt for continuous ambulatory monitoring of service personnel via wearable sensors, which would allow for improved safety and sustained work capacity. Such a shirt must be comfortable and operable for 72-hour continuous wear, breathable, flame-retardant and avoid introducing thermal load. It must survive normal use including wear & tear (abrasion, stretch, crumpling, folding) and at least 100 machine-wash cycles. Perhaps most importantly, the system must maintain an open architecture that allows for rapid innovation and iteration of novel sensors and algorithms. Mide proposes a parallel two-path solution consisting of a proven, low-risk path to get to a usable product quickly, and a separate R&D path to address specific pain-points common to current e-textile approaches. The R&D path addresses comfort issues, practical challenges inherent in low-volume manufacturing of customized garments, reliability issues with current e-textile interconnect technologies, and electrode contact during vigorous motion. Both paths focus on modularity and EMI control to enable related USAMRMC goals such as self-powering sensor garments and nerve-impulse detection.

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