Pentagon Working On Tattoos That Track Soldiers

What does your tattoo say about you? Wired writes:

In its ongoing quest to measure every aspect of U.S. troops’ physiology, the Pentagon’s esoteric research enclave DARPA wants to develop a durable, unobtrusive device that can track the body’s physical response to stress. Military scientists believe that using the device — preferably a tattoo — to track heart-rate, temperature or bio-electric response during various training situations will help them crack the code of combat fatigue.

Advanced materials make it possible to integrate everything from the sensors to the transmitter into thumb-sized membranes that can stick to skin — like temporary tattoos. These tiny arrays combine the necessary sensor — be it EKG, heart rate, or temperature — with a short-wave antenna and transmitting capability.

Isolating the factors that make these stress levels spike is part of a larger initiative to understand and control the different triggers of the body’s physiological responses.

3 Comments on "Pentagon Working On Tattoos That Track Soldiers"

  1. Chaos_Dynamics | Apr 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm |

    A few interconnected stats:

    Anti-depressant use among military personal is a recognized growth industry and at an all time high.

    Military suicides are at an all time high with 2012 being the record setter with more soldiers killing themselves in 2012 than were killed by enemy combatants.

    Rape and abuse in the military is at an all time record high.

    More criminal history waivers (felons particularly) have been issued by the military than any other time in history.

    Child homicides (military parents killing their children) have been twice the average.

    The entire system is obsolete and must/will be obviated in the future.

  2. Ittabena | Apr 2, 2013 at 8:07 pm |

    Some one needs to stay up all night. We need to man the watch for the guy that is gonna fix all this for us. If I remember his name correctly it will be “Not Sure”…

    Brawndo! It’s got electrolytes. It’s what plants crave!

  3. Apathesis | Apr 3, 2013 at 5:50 pm |

    Metal Gear Solid, anyone?

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