27th April 2012
Well, you know, that’s not the sort of thing that you want to be uncertain about….
ONR’s ideal uniforms would use a bevy of “integrated sensors built into fabric” to monitor every aspect of a soldier’s wellbeing, and then transmit that information to medical personnel. In addition to vital signs and bullet wounds, the fabric sensors should be able to “detect exposure to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive agents” by tapping into biomarkers found in soldiers’ blood, saliva, sweat or urine. And where bullet wounds are concerned, the threads would do much more than merely detect their location. They’d also “estimate the depth of penetration and the affected surrounding organs.”
Personally, I’d trade it all for some Storm Trooper crotch protection. Sailors think about that sort of thing, you know.