Body-worn sensors for monitoring warrior physical and mental state

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$79,968.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
N00014-13-P-1206
Solitcitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Number:
2013.A
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2013
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N13A-021-0327
Solicitation Topic Code:
N13A-T021
Small Business Information
MC10 Inc.
19 Camp Street, Cambridge, MA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
829221139
Principal Investigator
 Barry Ives
 Director Advanced Program
 (571) 205-1149
 bives@mc10inc.com
Business Contact
 Barry Ives
Title: Director Advanced Program
Phone: (571) 205-1149
Email: bives@mc10inc.com
Research Institution
 University of Illinois Urbana-Champ
 John R PhD
 Beckman Institute, Room 3355
405 N. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL, 61801-
 (217) 369-7398
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Wearable human state monitors must be mechanically invisible to greatest degree possible, to maximize comfort, wearability, hygiene and signal quality. These device attributes are aligned with the goal of closely coupling devices to the body for best-quality signal capture and continuous health monitoring by seamlessly integrating with the body, under clothing and gear. They must be robust to dynamic motion in moist environments and under constant mechanical stresses. MC10 & UIUC jointly propose Mechanically-iNvisible electronic Tattoo (Mentat), an ultra-lightweight evolution of MC10"s existing conformal (flexible & stretchable), adhesive commercial platform for wearable electronics. Mentat will miniaturize and reduce the profile of conventional wearable electronics, resulting in electronics systems that look like tattoos in weight and thickness. Software apps will run on remote smart devices to integrate and evaluate wearer status in context of personal parameters and health history. In Phase II we will conduct military-grade environmental testing of electronics hardware to establish system robustness. We will assess realistic proxy metrics for comfort & wearability while electronic tattoos operate under sustained PPE/gear loads during field activity, or unloaded but needing to operate wet. Mentat will provide leap-ahead beyond current state-of-art technology in ultra-low-power electronics, wireless communications & management for energy efficiency.

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