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Form Factor Evaluation of Open Body Area Network (OBAN) Physiological Status Monitoring (PSM) System Prototype Designs

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Technical Report,01 Jan 2017,10 May 2018

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U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine Natick United States

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A new PSM development effort is jointly being undertaken by the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine USARIEM and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory MIT-LL. The Open Body Area Network OBAN system is the main product of this effort and has been developed to specifically meet the needs of the military. It will use a commercial off-the-shelf COTS chest strap with a custom-made hub. The test described in this report assesses proposed form-factor designs. Feedback using non-functional prototype systems was obtained from two experienced soldiers during and after simulated military activities. Assessed were two proposed hub designs and two proposed strap designs. One hub had a rounded top while the other was an inverted V-shaped design. Both straps consisted of a Polar Polar Oy, Kempele, Finland chest strap with custom-made shoulder straps. Results from this test showed that the rounded hub design was preferred as the inverted V-shaped design, The new 2017 Polar Pro chest strap with small silicone dotsnubs was also recommended as a replacement strap.

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  • Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

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