Body-worn sensors for monitoring warrior physical and mental state

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,968.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-13-P-1206
Agency Tracking Number:
N13A-021-0327
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
N13A-T021
Solicitation Number:
2013.A
Small Business Information
MC10 Inc.
19 Camp Street, Cambridge, MA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
829221139
Principal Investigator:
Barry Ives
Director Advanced Program
(571) 205-1149
bives@mc10inc.com
Business Contact:
Barry Ives
Director Advanced Program
(571) 205-1149
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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