DI Named Finalist at MIT First Responder Hackathon
During July, a DI team of Zach Huber, Hank Cheng and Jose Davila competed in the Saving Lives with Smart Fabrics hackathon and was named a finalist. MD5, MIT Lincoln Lab and MIT Media Lab hosted the event which brought together practitioners, technologists and the military to build prototypes that incorporate functional fabrics as part of a system that addresses emergency response in challenging environments. Experts from the field provided unique insights into the challenges of communications, data collection and emergency response when dealing with environments like disaster sites and conflict zones.
The DI team created a prototype shirt that incorporated multiple sensors, including heart rate and skin temperature, allowing them to determine stress levels in first responders. A further-developed version of this shirt would enable first responders to be able to know the stress levels of both themselves and their teammates while operating in high-stress environments. DI looks forward to leveraging its work on many projects that are currently underway including stress, fatigue and cybersickness.
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