DI to help build SOCOM “Iron Man Suit”
Design Interactive has been awarded a contract by SOCOM to work on the TALOS (Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit) project. The TALOS program presents an opportunity to provide special operators with unique capabilities to achieve increased “situational awareness, lethality, and human performance” (Cmdr. Anthony Baker, 2015). Innovative ballistic protection and powered exoskeletons provide revolutionary physical improvements while novel interfaces and wearable sensors provide the opportunity for unparalleled situational awareness. A major goal of the TALOS MK 5 Advanced Technology Demonstrator (ATD) is to design, develop, and test a base layer garment with physiological sensors that monitor Operator health and performance status and provide measurable and classifiable individual stress levels while operating the TALOS MK 5 ATD in real time to developmental / operational test personnel, inter-squad personal, and to the Operator in varying levels of fidelity to ensure the health and safety of the Operator.
The physiological hardware sensors incorporated into the prototype base layer of the TALOS suit can provide meaningful vital sign data to individual operators and their team leaders and commanders at Tactical Operations Centers (TOCs), but raw data streams from cardiovascular, electromyographic, or electrodermal sensors can only provide so much insight into the state and readiness of an operator. The data from these existing hardware sensors, when combined with individualized, contextual, dynamic, and validated algorithms, can provide much more valuable information on operator state and readiness – information that can predict operator performance, inform decision making, adapt suit functions to operator needs, and ultimately improve survivability.
DI plans on leveraging this effort to create solutions targeting high-stress careers where consistently high levels of performance are critical, such as first responders and medical communities. At the completion of this project, DI will have the capability to monitor individuals via a variety of wearable inputs, empower management to make personnel and scheduling decisions that will ultimately improve performance, decrease workforce stress levels and prevent burnout (one of the leading causes of turnover).
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