Form Factor Evaluation of Open Body Area Network (OBAN) Physiological Status Monitoring (PSM) System Prototype Designs
Technical Report,01 Jan 2017,10 May 2018
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.
- Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems