The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected Xerox subsidiary Palo Alto Research Center to develop and prototype sensor tape to measure the impact of blasts in the battlefield.

During the US$2m, 18-month DARPA programme, PARC will utilise jet-printing expertise to develop low-cost technologies and processes for fabricating the tape’s sensors, memory, and control electronics.

PARC will develop and implement multiple sensors to collect and record data associated with blasts, including shockwaves, acceleration, acoustic levels, and light intensities.

Comprising lightweight patches, the disposable tape will be attached to a soldier’s helmet or uniform for a period of one week, then removed to read the data, and then discarded.

By staff writer