High-Tech Combat Helmet Sensors - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/23/08

High-Tech Combat Helmet Sensors

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New high-tech sensors in combat helmets could help soldiers get attention immediately for a brain injury that might have gone unnoticed.

Researchers at the University of Illinois are working on a system to measure blast-related brain injuries in real-time. The system built into combat helmets measures the force of a blast. It also records and analyzes data from the person's physical condition, like changes in oxygen in the blood and heart rate.

The sensors are still in the testing stages, but the idea is that the information could then be uploaded to medical personnel to determine which soldiers need help the fastest.

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