Wearable Aircrew Hydration and Physiology Monitor

Wearable Aircrew Hydration and Physiology Monitor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-19-C-0022
Agency Tracking Number: N182-114-0234
Amount: $129,977.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2019
Solicitation Year: 2018
Solicitation Topic Code: N182-114
Solicitation Number: 2018.2
Small Business Information
2520 W. 237th Street, Torrance, CA, 90505
DUNS: 033449757
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jesus Alonso
 (424) 263-6321
 jesusda@intopsys.com
Business Contact
 Reuben Sandler
Phone: (424) 263-6305
Email: reubens@intopsys.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Physiological events are a recognized aviation hazard, so military aircrews are trained to recognize and respond to physiological symptoms. Of all causes of physiological events, one of the most treatable is dehydration, which can lead to fatigue, increased susceptibility to physical stressors, emotional alterations, and impaired judgment. Detecting dehydration early can reduce or eliminate this risk. Some consumer-oriented fitness trackers claim to monitor hydration, but they do not perform rigorous hydration measurements. Intelligent Optical Systems will develop a robust and wearable real-time hydration monitor, specifically designed for military aircrews. A novel luminescent microsensor will monitor electrolyte levels and skin biochemistry to accurately track hydration. This sensor platform will be compatible with other aircrew physiology monitoring sensors (for oxygen, carbon dioxide, lactate, stress biomarkers). We will apply our expertise in sensor technology for detecting aircrew physiological events, and in medical sensing. In partnership with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, and supported by the AFRL, we developed and validated through human subject studies a multi-parameter luminescence-based monitor for preventing hypoxia-like physiological events. In parallel projects we demonstrated luminescent sensors for continuously monitoring blood and tissue. Sensor materials and hardware developed in those projects will be the basis of the proposed military aircrew physiology monitor.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

Agency Micro-sites

SBA logo
Department of Agriculture logo
Department of Commerce logo
Department of Defense logo
Department of Education logo
Department of Energy logo
Department of Health and Human Services logo
Department of Homeland Security logo
Department of Transportation logo
Environmental Protection Agency logo
National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo
National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government