Uniform could soon track troops’ body signals — and tell if sick

Uniform could soon track troops’ body signals — and tell if sick

Researchers have taken the first steps in building fiber-embedded clothing that works like a “fiber computer” on the body, able to collect and communicate a soldier’s physiological, environmental and location data for near-instant feedback.

Future uniforms with this technology could power sensors, store and analyze collected data and transmit that data to outside sources, according to an Army release.

The project is part of work done at the Army’s Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and through the Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory.

MIT doctoral student Gabriel Loke, also lead author of a paper published with 13 other researchers in Nature Communications, talked with Army Times about the early research work and next steps for the project.

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Source: Army Times

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