Volume-Sensing Personal Hydration System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-07-C-0079
Agency Tracking Number: O063-H02-3164
Amount: $99,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD06-H02
Solicitation Number: 2006.3
Small Business Information
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
DUNS: 004627316
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gordon Hirschman
 Division Vice President
 (518) 869-6460
 ghirschman@infoscitex.com
Business Contact
 William Thompson
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (781) 890-1338
Email: bthompson@infoscitex.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Dehydration is a major problem facing our troops, who by necessity are physically active, weighed down by numerous pieces of armor and equipment, and serve in warm, dry climates. Our troops each carry a supply of liquid and are trained to stay hydrated, however this does not guarantee against dehydration. Some soldiers run out of liquid well before they have a chance to refill, while others nurse their supply too much. They currently have no quick, easy way of monitoring their liquid supply, which can lead to dehydration and the concomitant physical impairments. In this Phase I program, Infoscitex proposes a simple, robust system that utilizes capacitive sensing to determine the volume of water in a collapsible bladder canteen. The information calculated by our system is presented to the soldier as a quantity, as well as a visual representation of how much liquid is left in the canteen. Our system is composed entirely of solid state elements and does not come into contact with the sensed liquid. These factors ensure that our system is robust, with operational parameters that withstand multiple uses, extreme temperatures and austere environments. We anticipate that our system will prove invaluable not only for the military, but also in the very broad sports market.

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