Wearable sensors measure vitals and can assess damage to and residue on clothing fibers to assess factors such as how deep a bullet has penetrated, or whether the wearer has been exposed to chemical agents. This information can be transmitted to a central command center that can deploy rescue missions or other resources as necessary. Fibers too thick to be sewn into military uniforms can be placed in biostatic patches that transmit information. Similarly, sensors that can measure the presence of landmines are developed for boots.
Soldier kits are built to withstand all climates, reducing the cost of maintaining uniforms. Climate-controlled jackets protect soldiers from extreme heat and cold. 2020 sees the development of responsive, flexible polymers that can be used in multiplexed “litmus test” arrangements, configured as small “stickers” or large coating sheets, or even integrated into fabric or coatings used in the soldier’s uniform and kit.
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Zephyr BioHarness , a wearable sensor in the form of shirt or strap, measures critical vital signs including ECG, heart rate, breathing rate, and skin temperature. The data collected by the harness can be viewed through an online portal or sent to mobile applications.