A Wireless Hydration Monitor for Naval Aircrew

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-19-C-0020
Agency Tracking Number: N182-114-0265
Amount: $124,949.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N182-114
Solicitation Number: 2018.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-10-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-04-16
Small Business Information
16 Great Hollow Road, Hanover, NH, 03755
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Norris
 (603) 643-3800
 jan@creare.com
Business Contact
 Robert Kline-Schoder
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Email: contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Naval aircrews face a difficult balancing act. Hydration is important to performance; however, relieving oneself in flight can often be a challenge. Operational observations suggest that aircrew may limit their fluid intake leading up to and during flights. Whether intentional or not, when combined with increasing mission lengths, heavy flight gear, and the low humidity environment, they may place themselves in a situation where their level of dehydration causes cognitive deficits putting them at risk of a physiologic episode.

Creare proposes to develop a wireless hydration level monitor (HLM) that provides real-time, accurate, and robust feedback on the wearers hydration status. Our system combines novel algorithms to derive hydration in the operational flight environment and address the needs of Navy. During Phase I, we will demonstrate feasibility of our proposed approach, characterize system performance, and develop a design for the system to be developed during Phase II. During Phase II we plan to develop a fully functional system and conduct human subject validation trials to evaluate use of the system in relevant environment.

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