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Dexterity-Enhancing Functional Textile (DEFT)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-19-C-0167
Agency Tracking Number: A191-058-0286
Amount: $107,994.04
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A19-058
Solicitation Number: 19.1
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-05-31
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-03-25
Small Business Information
625 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
DUNS: 115243701
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Calvin Leather
 Functional Textile Engineer
 (617) 491-3474
Business Contact
 Yvonne Fuller
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Research Institution

We propose to design, source and prepare for manufacture a functional textile that improves Soldier hand dexterity using indirect heat applied to the forearm. Our proposed solution uses a number of novel materials to provide suitable system efficiency, efficacy, and safety, including a heating element that internally provides for a set-point temperature. Our innovative approach eliminates the need for external, closed-loop temperature and current regulation, and employs state-of-the-art power storage and supply technologies that are puncture safe and waterproof, thereby increasing system resilience. Our approach also draws on the expertise of our team and suppliers, who have a wide range of experience designing, manufacturing, and going to market in the functional textiles space. This Dexterity Enhancing Functional Textile (DEFT) system, worn alone or under existing clothing systems such as the Extended Cold Weather Clothing System (ECWCS), will improve the abilities and comfort of the Soldier in cold environments.

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