Skins of Flexible Intelligence

Period of Performance: 10/01/2013 - 04/01/2014


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Physical Optics Corp.
1845 West 205th Street Array
Torrance, CA 90501
Principal Investigator


To address the Army need for developing a flexible, conformal, skin-attach electronic platform for a wearable Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) sensing system, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop innovative Skins of Flexible Intelligence (SOFI) by readily adapting an existing surface-mount technology that is compatible with the Army s TBI sensor. The SOFI design uses unique geodesic folding structures to house and electrically connect all components while providing flexibility that can be easily placed on fingers or other parts of the body. The overall system size will be no larger than a standard band-aid, low SWaP, and will provide the Army s required digital interfaces. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of SOFI by designing the low-power electronic data collection, storage, and transmission system, and selecting suitable materials and small-footprint components. We plan to fabricate multiple prototypes for both mechanical and electrical testing and also design a suitable electronic circuit capable of recording, storing, and transmitting the sensed data at least five times within a one month period while continuously monitoring on a single battery charge. In Phase II, POC will build and test multiple (>12) refined prototypes interfaced with Army s TBI sensor.