The Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium (NBMC) has released its first Request for Proposals (RFP) focused on developing a technology platform for Human Performance Monitors for military and civilian personnel in high stress situations such as pilots, special operations personnel, firefighters, and trauma care providers. The consortium members, working with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, issued this RFP to focus on component development and integration for a lightweight, low-cost, wearable patch.
The heart of this new patch will be a biosensor device to measure chemicals, called biomarkers, in human sweat. These biomarkers can provide early warnings of performance issues such as stress, fatigue, vigilance or organ damage. The platform will contain the sensor, a microfluidic system that delivers sweat to the sensor, printed and hybrid control electronics, interconnects, a power supply, wireless communication, and software – all on a flexible substrate that is comfortable to wear. Read more