Jack E. Kemp
Today I learned about a private company that has come up with a device to help both the military and football players deal with shocks to the head. This analyzes the effects of a shock at the time it happens and stores analytical data to gauge how mild or serious the condition is for the person under the helmet. Here is some info below from the company’s home website page at http://b3inc.com/ or by scrolling down that page (or clicking on the “About” link” at the top of the home page) to get to this material. Going to the website shows more information and photos of the small wearable device attached to a military helmet in its sideways scrolling photos section.
BlackBox Biometrics®, Inc. was founded in 2011 with the goal of providing live exposure assessment to overpressure associated with today’s signature war wound: traumatic brain injury.
At the time when the Iraq War was nearing an end and the United States was ten-years into war in Afghanistan, over 200,000 U.S. service members had already been diagnosed with TBI. With nothing available to measure the blasts that often cause undetectable head injuries, soldiers and medical personnel were forced to face the effects of these injuries with inconsistent and subjective data.
Seeing this need and the opportunity to improve the lives of soldiers and their families, BlackBox Biometrics set out to measure the unseen. Funded by a DARPA grant, a small team assembled to develop a solution providing better triage data. The result was the Blast Gauge®, a revolutionary sensor that has since been outfitted on U.S. Special Forces, the Army, and SWAT teams across the nation. Coupled with proprietary software, the complete system captures and interprets complex data associated with concussive events. This means faster and more accurate treatment for those serving on the frontlines, and better research for advancing the study of TBI.
Today, BlackBox Biometrics continues to be the industry leader in measuring the unseen impact of concussive injuries. Our talented team is comprised of like-minded individuals—in engineering, operations, and business—all with the collective goal of improving lives through the creation of innovative technology.
In 2016, BlackBox Biometrics will bring its expertise in sensor technology to the world of sports. Concussions are a major issue with athletes, with an estimated 3.8 million yearly sports-related concussions in the USA. The Linx Impact Assessment System (IAS) will provide real-time impact data on a smartphone or tablet for any athlete in any sport.
The Blast Gauge® System is the complete solution for measuring blast exposure.
The Blast Gauge System is a 3-sensor set worn on the helmet, chest, and shoulder that logs pressure and acceleration from exposure to explosive blasts. Green, yellow, and red status LEDs provide instant exposure data at the press of a button. A micro-USB connection allows full time-based data to be later analyzed by medical personnel.
Each gauge weighs less than an ounce and takes up less than one cubic inch of space, and its flexible mounting design allows tool-free attachment to helmets, PALS webbing, or physical structures like vehicles and buildings.
The Blast Gauge System is member tested and recommended by the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) and is deployed among U.S. Special Forces, the U.S. Army, several international militaries, and law enforcement agencies around the globe. It is proudly made in the USA.