US Army Measures IED Blasts With Helmet Sensors

3 January 2008 (Last Updated January 3rd, 2008 07:08)

The US army has installed chips in the helmets of soldiers serving in Afghanistan to measure the effects of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on the brain and body. The USA Today newspaper reports the army's Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier has installed sensors in the he

The US army has installed chips in the helmets of soldiers serving in Afghanistan to measure the effects of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on the brain and body.

The USA Today newspaper reports the army's Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier has installed sensors in the helmets of the 101st Airborne Division to gauge the level of shaking that occurs when IEDs explode nearby.

The device, which will be checked every 30 days, can record 527 events – including explosion shockwaves and the impact from being dropped on the ground.

The six-ounce sensor has a battery life of six months and fits on the back of a helmet.

The data will allow the army to develop safer helmets and will be made available to medical researchers.

IED explosions are responsible for 60 percent of deaths among US troops, with many soldiers dying from broken necks resulting from the jolt of explosions.

By staff writer