Army Issues Industry Request For User-Powered Biosensors

Site: Defense.gov

A U.S. Army entity is seeking a device that can analyze soldiers’ breathing and brainwaves and is powered by the device wearer, Nextgov reports. 

The Army Medical Research and Material Command wants the stress sensors to transmit wireless data to a computer so the Defense Department assess troop performance while in combat.

Sensors should be run without batteries, instead runing off of electric energy the wearer emits during combat activity, a solicitation notice said. 

Energy could come from a generator mounted on a soldier’s shoe, knee or backpack, the Army’s notice said.

Solicitors could design a device that is powered by the very data the device is recording. 

This method would power the sensors based on the wearers respiratory effort and bioelectricity emitted.

The Defense Advances Research Projects Agency has issued a similar solicitation for research on products that could carry out real-time brain chemistry monitoring.

Such technology would allow DARPA to monitor post-traumatic stress disorder in soldiers and what event led to their anxiety. 

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